Brothers found guilty of points breach
BROTHERS Rugby League Club faced a judiciary of its peers Monday night and was found guilty and punished of two breaches of the player points cap.
The club was fined $1000 ($500 per breach), deducted the two competition points earned in each game and had the points difference adjusted on the A-grade ladder.
It was the first time a club had faced charges of this nature since the points cap was introduced in 2012 and the hard-line stance the Bundaberg Rugby League took showed it was committed to a fair and equal competition.
Designed to even out the player talent across the league the points system copies the salary cap in the NRL, and was voted in to existence by the majority of A-grade clubs last year.
Brothers Rugby League Club president Dean Holdsworth said the reason the charges were fought was simple and the punishment handed down could have been more severe.
"We defended the charged because we didn't think we did anything wrong," Mr Holdsworth said.
"Some of the other presidents didn't think it was a clear-cut case of cheating.
"The fine of $500 per game could have been worse...it could have been $2000 per game."
After the weekend's win over Wests, Brothers had a four point lead over Isis in second place and now are level on points but remain in first position with a greater points difference.
For Brothers to have guilt determined and punishment handed down by rival clubs was something Mr Holdsworth said he didn't understand but the issues could be rectified.
"The thing I wasn't happy with was the clubs who stood to benefit from the punishment voted on it," he said.
"Because it was a new system there was going to teething problems to be sorted out."
Whether or not Brothers win another minor premiership will be decided over the next six weeks when the remaining games in the 2013 season are played.
One concern the other clubs will have is the possibility of playing a Brothers team out to prove a point after have competition points deducted and for and against adjusted which brought them back to the chasing pack.
But as far as Mr Holdsworth is concerned the issue has been dealt with and he says Brothers would not think about it again this season.
"We are going to move on and let our football do the talking," Mr Holdsworth says.
"The issue has been put to bed now."