Swifts steal win in heart-stopper
ALMOST an hour after yesterday afternoon's top of the table clash, Swifts coach Damian O'Donohue was still trying to calm his beating heart.
A Javarn White try with two minutes to go helped propel the Bluebirds to a 26-22 win over a dogged Brothers at Purga.
O'Donohue was out of his seat after Brothers hit the lead through a penalty conversion with five minutes remaining.
But even though Swifts had struggled for field position for the majority of the second half, O'Donohue was still confident his side would find a way to win.
An error from the restart by Brothers helped the cause.
"We kicked off and I think tackled them in the in-goal,” O'Donohue recalled.
"They tried a short drop kick, we got the ball, and Javarn went over from dummy half on the third or fourth tackle.”
It was a gutsy win from the Bluebirds, who moved further clear of second-placed Brothers with the win.
"We had two sent to the sin bin at two different times, so we played 20 minutes with only 12 men,” O'Donohue said.
"I'm really proud of their effort. It was a tough old slog. There's a few tired boys.”
The Swifts boss said the team would learn from their early second half mistakes, after taking a 14-6 lead into the half-time break.
"We didn't have much field position in the second half,” he said.
"We defended and defended our line for a few sets. Then when we got out of danger around halfway we'd just push a pass that wasn't there and hand it back to them.
"We need to work on being more patient.”
RLI Round 7: Swifts Bluebirds 26 def. Brothers Ipswich 22 at Purga.