Brothers return as major danger
BROTHERS continued their mid-season fightback with another hard-fought win over the Swifts Bluebirds.
Fighting for third place on the Ipswich Rugby League ladder, Brothers withstood a second half onslaught from the Bluebirds to emerge 38-30 winners at Brother Seery Oval.
Ahead 20-6 with five minutes until half time, Brothers player Matt Hamill was sent to the sin bin for a professional foul, gifting Swifts a chance to fight their way back into the game.
Brothers paid the price as Swifts used the extra man to score once before the break and then adding three more tries to take a 26-20 lead.
A length of the field try by centre Loia Fetaoai halted the Swifts onslaught before fullback Josh Leisemann sliced his way through to give Brothers back the lead.
Brothers coach Jason Connors applauded his number four for getting his side back on track.
"Momentum is a big thing," Connors said.
"For 10-15 minutes there they were on top and you have to find something to stop that momentum and luckily we did.
"In those moments you need someone senior to take control and I'm not the one to put a shot on but I need a guy to really go out and stop their momentum.
"I think it was that individual try to our centre that changed that for us today."
It was the fourth-straight victory for the boys in blue and white, who have rebounded from a difficult start to the 2016 season.
Just three weeks ago last year's grand finalists were languishing in last place having lost six of the opening eight rounds of football.
Fast forward to round 11 and Brothers have completed a meteoric rise to leapfrog Swifts into third with six rounds remaining.
"What that is is confidence," Connors said.
"For the first seven weeks we had no confidence.
"You build confidence after a win and you build and build until you see results start to come."
With five conversions and a try, Connors believes former Brothers half Josh Leisemann has made the fullback position his own.
"We were playing him in the halves at the start of the year but he has really found his position at fullback," he said. "He's earned that position and a good fullback is always supporting. You put yourself in the position to score and he did that today."
State of play
Goodna Eagles 54 (Alexander Tupuse, Anthony Noa 2, William Oloitoa 2, Albert Talipeau, Jackson Solofa, Toby Campbell, Malaki Oliotoa tries; Mitchell McNamee 6, Corey Kirk 3 goals) def Norths Tigers 24 (Brendan Marshall, Dion Willett, Tonga Mounga, Tyson Hornbuckle tries; Steven West 3, Dion Willett goals) at Woogaroo Field.
Brothers Ipswich 38 (Josh Leisemann, Loia Fetaoai 2, Jason Connors, Elijah Umu, Damien Ah You tries; Josh Leisemann 5 goals) def Swifts Bluebirds 30 (Andrew Taylor, Ratunasia Vatuinaruku 3, Sherrick Hemopo, Doug Asiata tries; Stephan O'Donahue 2, Ratunasia Vatuinaruku goals) at Brother Seery Oval.
Fassifern Bombers 56 (Scott Ireland 2, Ray Biara, Harold Mosby 3, Bernard Mosby, Kali Naque, Josh Ryan, Troy Hansen tries; Harold Mosby 8 goals) def West End Bulldogs 6 (Tupu Lisati try; Tre Sheppard goal) at Daniel's Park.