COMING THROUGH: Past Brothers’ Logan Tanzer powers ahead during the   Wallaroos and Past Brothers match at Eskdale Park.
COMING THROUGH: Past Brothers’ Logan Tanzer powers ahead during the Wallaroos and Past Brothers match at Eskdale Park. Matthew McInerney

Brothers up to the test as they hold on against the Roos

IN the end, Brothers left Maryborough with what they wanted.

Down by 12 points at one stage against the Wallaroos in the Bundaberg Rugby League A-Grade, the Brethren rallied well without some of their experienced players to seal a vital 34-24 win in their battle for a top-two finish.

For the second time this year the Roos had the defending premiers on the ropes but failed to deliver a the knockout blow.

Brothers coach Mat Templeman said his side did enough to get the win.

"We got away with it which is the biggest thing," he said.

"Wallaroos did to us what we wanted to do to them in that first half. Their completion rate was massive and they built pressure."

Templeman said halfback Josh Zweedyck, who backed up after playing both the under-18 and reserve grade games, was one of his side's best performers in an outfit that missed several big names, including representative fullback and leading point-scorer Jake Carl.

"Zweedy went well, we threw him into half after two full games already so he was amazing," he said.

"Having those kids come through from 18s is such a positive for the club."

Templeman added the completion rate of the side will need to improve before next week.

Meanwhile the Roos were disappointed their turnovers cost them the match.

"I thought it was a very even game," coach Peter Waters said.

"We were right in it but our silly mistakes in their territory, that's our biggest problem," coach Peter Waters said.

He added it will be a tough task next week against Hervey Bay with his U20 players missing with Bundy representative duty.

All of yesterday's matches will be covered in tomorrow's NewsMail.



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