Brothers peaking for shot to snaffle Ipswich crown
WHEN Ben Seve gets the ball with any space to move, opposing defenders start to worry.
He's got a similar message to anyone who thinks Brothers are not ready to reclaim the Ipswich Rugby League A-grade title.
Brothers take on Swifts in the major semi-final on Sunday afternoon, with the winner the first team into the grand final in a fortnight.
"We're in the right place now," Seve said of his team's preparation.
"We're hitting our straps now it is finals time."
He would know.
The 33-year-old has won a grand final with Brothers and lost ones playing for Brothers and Goodna, setting the standard for wingers in the IRL.
He's fast, strong and smart enough to know the best route to the tryline and how to get there.
Seve showed his worth when Brothers played Swifts on July 21.
His ruthless ability to exploit an overlap on the left flank had Brothers leading 18-0 after 22 minutes.
It begs the question of why he hasn't been doing it all at a higher level?
Seve has been scorching the turf for Brothers and before that Goodna for what seems ages.
Truth is he played Brisbane premier rugby union for Wests, but broke his collar bone and never returned.
He also had a crack at the Ipswich Jets but by then had lost interest training more than two nights a week, preferring to play alongside his mates.
The oldest of five boys, Seve was the trailblazer on the footy field, learning from his environment.
He showed the rest how it's done and youngest brother Marion doubts he would have achieved Australian Schoolboys selection this year if not for Ben's influence.
Brothers have had the wood on Swifts and the injury situation tips the balance further in Brothers' favour.
Swifts have lost forward enforcer John Umaga for the rest of the year while the Brethren welcome back prop Josh Afoa and five-eighth Fili Notoa.
"We won't be taking them lightly," Seve said. "Anything can happen in finals.
"I'm confident we'll get up.
"Getting to into the grand final first is really important.
"It'd be nice to win this weekend then have a week off."
But Swifts are not without hope, having rattled Brothers' cage last time they met, once they'd recovered from Seve's early devastation.
"They're a really dangerous team," the security officer said.
"In the last couple of games we've gone tit-for-tat and got them at the end. I think they're the team to beat this year."
Player profile: Ben Seve
- Height: 180cm. Weight: 97kg.
- Favourite player: Steve Renouf.
- Best advice: Just play what's in front of you.
- Most annoying teammate: Rhys Bennett Pre-match ritual: I always put my left sock and boot on first.