Momentum driving Brothers in early stages of Premier Grade revival

Brothers coach Rod Seib spent a lot of time talking about momentum during preseason at Crosby Road and it seems as though the message got through. 

On the back of a strong summer, a new look Brothers outfit under Seib are clearly a different team to the one that struggled in 2018.

They’re looking to take that momentum into Saturday’s top of the table clash against Wests. 

“As a new coach at the club, I didn’t see much point in spending a lot of time looking back at last year. Obviously we’ve addressed some issues but we spent most of the summer looking forward and I think that’s had a pretty positive effect so far,” Seib told Rugby News. 

“There seems to be a really good feel around the place at the moment. We’ve got plenty of depth through the grades and I think we’ve got a nice balance in our Premier squad.”

If Seib was searching for momentum, Brothers couldn’t have started the year any better, scoring a try inside the opening minute of their round one win over Bond. 

While he admitted his side was far from perfect for the remainder of that match, Brothers held on and took momentum into last week’s clash against an in form Souths outfit. 

“The win against Bond was a bit of an ugly one but you can expect that in round one. It was really pleasing to see the guys hold on and find a way to win without playing their best footy,” Seib said. 

“Last week against Souths, I thought our halves controlled possession and territory really well in the wet and that went a long way to setting up the win.”

While Seib was hesitant to single out individuals, he said he’s been impressed with his side’s early season form but he knows they’ll need to continue to improve, starting this weekend against the competitions only other undefeated side. 

“Wests have looked really good. They’ve obviously got a lot of points in them and they’ve shown that in the opening two weeks but I’m confident in our defence.”

Seib coached young Wests playmaker Carter Gordon in the QLD Schools program last year and said he was impressed with the 18-year olds Premier Rugby debut last week. 

“Usually you’d probably try and target a young No.10 in a side but Carter’s not the type of guy that gets rattled. He’s got plenty of composure and a nice kicking game so we’ll be mindful of that but we certainly won’t be going out of our way to get into him.”

While there’s been no talk of finals yet at Crosby Road, Seib knows how crucial a win this weekend could be for his side.

“It’s going to be a tight competition. After two rounds, only two teams are yet to lose so that shows that it’s an even competition. 

“If we can get another win this weekend, it’ll set us up nicely but we’re certainly not getting ahead of ourselves.”

Brothers host Wests at home at 3:20pm on Saturday.