Brothers run away with another CDRL win
BROTHERS player-coach Robbie Swain doesn't fear his team will lose their hunger, despite remaining undefeated in 2012 after a convincing 52-20 victory over Southern Suburbs at Alley Park yesterday.
It was vintage Brothers for much of the clash, with the defending Cairns District Rugby League premiers able to find an extra gear whenever they were threatened.
Trailing 10-8 in the 24th minute, Brothers unleashed a devastating burst to score four tries before the break.
Winger Justin Castellaro started the spree, with teammate Andreas Nona scoring on the left flank soon after when Suburbs dropped a spiralling bomb.
Five-eighth Shaun Nona was next to go over when he won the race to ground his own kick before halves partner Nathan Kepa raced 60m after intercepting a pass as the halftime siren sounded.
With his team behind 32-10, Suburbs forward Jamie Frizzo tried to inspire a fight back by shrugging off a couple of would-be tacklers to cross three minutes into the second half.
But it was always going to be a huge ask to rein in the premiership favourites with such a massive head start.
Castellaro and Suburbs winger Chad Henley traded four-pointers before Brothers took control of the contest to score the final three tries of the game.
With everything travelling smoothly for Brothers after 12 consecutive wins, Swain’s biggest challenge may be maintaining his team’s ruthless edge as they head towards the finals.
The backrower is on the lookout for players taking shortcuts, refusing to give them any leeway because of the club’s ladder standing.
"We’ve just got to keep reinforcing that every week is a test," Swain said.
"It’s a competition. You just can’t turn up expecting to win a game. The moment you do is the moment that your form starts to slip."
Swain said competition for spots in Brothers’ A Grade side would also keep his players honest.
"This year we’re lucky to have a squad filled with guys who would be making A Grade at any other club, but they’re playing in the reserves," he said.
"Everybody knows if they’re not up to scratch, there’s a spot up for grabs."
While his club doesn’t have the depth of Brothers, Suburbs coach Billy Beard was still disappointed by their performance against the ladder leaders.
Beard said his team dropped too much ball to be competitive.
"They just capitalised on all our mistakes and we made plenty of them this afternoon," he said.
"You can’t afford to do that against Brothers."
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You canít stop me: Brothers halfback Nathan Kepa dives over to score a try, despite the defensive efforts of Maddie Oosen. Picture: MIKE WATT