QLD Premier Rugby Round 13: Brothers Overturn 26-Point Deficit to Beat Norths

By Finn Morton; Photo – Brendan Hertel/QRU Media

After an uncharacteristic first-half showing, Brothers looked destined to lose to Norths in what would’ve been arguably the biggest upset of the 2019 season.

With first facing ninth, not many gave the Eagles a chance – but a comprehensive 26-0 Norths lead at the half left many second-guessing themselves.

But a 42-point blitz in the second-half by Brothers kept Norths searching for that elusive third win of 2019.

Brothers head coach Rod Seib was surprised with his side’s performance on Saturday, labelling the outing as “disappointing” in a game which they were expected to win comfortably.

But they’ll hope that this isn’t a sign of things to come as they prepare to face Sunnybank this weekend.

“Firstly, I should give credit to Norths for the way they started the game. They were rewarded for their attacking and aggressive style of play, capitalising on any opportunity they had,” Seib admitted.

“In terms of our performance, we were disappointing with regards to our game plan compliance. Our plans around defence and attack weren’t adhered to and this combined with poor execution provided Norths with all of the momentum.

“It is reasonable to suggest that after watching the first half on the weekend that we did expect to win, rather than being prepared to earn the win.”

Luckily for the competition-leaders, Rugby is not a forty-minute game.

But it was the half-time break which set the platform for what would prove to be a clinical comeback by a team in form.

“As a coaching group we simply highlighted how our actions were not reflective of our game plan and the key areas we needed to focus on.

“Our Captain Tom Moloney spoke well as he always does and highlighted the effort and attitude areas that needed to be improved.”

The second half brought the cliché of Rugby being a ‘game of two halves’ to life, as the Filth showed the league once again why many consider them to be the team to beat in 2019.

“We held on to the ball. When we build attacking pressure we make it very difficult for teams to keep us out.

“A narrow focus on building pressure through phases led to tries. Momentum in sport is such a different thing to combat, so when we started well in the second half it filled everyone with belief that we could finish the game well.”

Brothers will look to extend their five-match winning streak against Sunnybank at Crosby Park.

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