Non-stop effort spells double trouble for rivals
IT SAYS something about Josh Seage that he was the best player on the field in yesterday's Ipswich Rugby League qualifying semi-final.
Not because he was on the losing team, with Brothers advancing to the grand final after a 26-20 win over Swifts.
But because he played the match having come straight from a game for the Ipswich Jets Colts.
He has been doing it most of the season.
"I wouldn't do it but it's for Swifts," Seage said.
"If I'm needed, I'll do it."
On yesterday's evidence, he is greatly needed.
Seage regularly split the Brothers' left side defence, scored a try and worked hard in defence, spending only about 10 minutes warming the bench.
He contributed greatly to Swifts almost knocking over Brothers and is confident the Bluebirds are getting closer to doing so.
They just have to learn how to ride out the tough times.
That means not conceding repeat sets with last tackle penalties, dropping the ball over the tryline, as centre Mike Timai had the misfortune of doing, or coughing up possession early in the tackle count.
"It's been like that every time we've played against Brothers," Seage said.
"As soon as we put two halves together, we'll be a chance.
"I'd rather that result be in the preliminary final than the grand final."
Swifts trailed by two points with less than 20 minutes left when Timai lost the ball over the line.
Next set, Brothers scored at the other end and were able to close out the match.
"As soon as we lose our way, it gets real bad," Seage admitted.
"But we can be encouraged by the fact we didn't play our best, but only lost by six."
If Swifts book a return meeting with Brothers in the grand final, Seage will again have to fit in with his FOGS commitments, as the Jets have qualified for semi-finals that weekend.
"It's been alright," Seage said of his dual responsibilities.
"I'm glad it's coming to an end now."