Picker hat-trick helps Brothers to minor premiership

BROTHERS have wrapped up the Ipswich Rugby League minor premiership courtesy of a convincing 30-14 away win over Fassifern.

Brothers winger Shane Picker scored a hat-trick while halfback Jason Connors steered his side around with class.

Coach Tryon Day was delighted with the performance but said finishing on top after the Ipswich Rugby League (IRL) A grade regular rounds was only the first step towards the ultimate prize.

"We are going to enjoy tonight, but no-one remembers who wrapped up the minor premiership if you don't go on and win the big one," Day said.

"We hung in there against Fassifern.

"We had a 7-1 penalty count against us in the first half but we were still leading 12-10 at half-time.

"I said to the boys that we had to cut our silly mistakes out and the tide would turn, and that is what happened."

"Fassifern were undefeated for six games but we got them into a place where started to do things they hadn't done before.

"They still played good footy, but we probably wanted it more. We had a lot to play for."

Captain Connors played his usual influential role.

"He was fantastic," Day said.

"If every team had a captain like him, they would be laughing.

"He is just a competitor. There is nothing of him, but he was tackling blokes three times his size.

"His leadership around the field was outstanding and he regularly made breaks."

Day said "everyone played well and did the one-per-centers more than they usually do".

"My winger Shane Picker scored a hat-trick just from being a competitor," he said.

"He scored one of his tries from a one-on-one strip.

"Our tries were well constructed. Every time my forwards ran, they made 15 metres. It meant that Jason and my five-eighth Sam Kruger had the space to feed off the back of it."

- Joel Gould



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