TIGHT GRIP: Nathan Sullivan races down the field for Past Brothers earlier this season in the Bundaberg Rugby League A-Grade. He will be one of the key players in the absence of coach Mat Templeman.
TIGHT GRIP: Nathan Sullivan races down the field for Past Brothers earlier this season in the Bundaberg Rugby League A-Grade. He will be one of the key players in the absence of coach Mat Templeman. Paul Donaldson BUN090416RUG3

Past Brothers to play without coach

PAST Brothers is hoping to put a dent in the finals campaign of Easts this weekend.

Still reeling after the Magpies won their last meeting in round eight in the Bundaberg Rugby League, the Brethren wants to reverse the result tomorrow at Salter Oval to keep their top two hopes alive.

Unfortunately they will have to win without their coach and Jayden Alberts and Tyla Hodge, who are travelling to Yeppoon with the U20 Bundaberg Bears side.

Talking before he headed off to the 47th Battalion Carnival, coach Mat Templeman said they have done all they can to prepare for the match without him.

“We have a game plan,” he said.

“(The focus is) just concentrating on our own performance.”

With no injuries or suspensions heading into the match, Templeman said the players had a point to prove.

“Easts beat us last outing and that is still very raw with the team,” he said.

“We have prepared as well as we can.”

For Easts their season is on the line with a handful of matches remaining.

With the team two points behind the Wallaroos, they know a win today could have them level with the Maryborough side at the end of the day.

The match tomorrow will start at 3pm.

Meanwhile, in the earlier game the Wallaroos and Hervey Bay Seagulls will face each other at Salter Oval at 1.15pm.

With both teams missing a host of players through representative duty the match will be about the depth of each club.

The contest could also decide the minor premiership with a win by the Seagulls and a loss by Brothers making it almost impossible for Hervey Bay to be caught.

Seagulls coach Tye Ingebritsen said he wanted the team to wrap the minor premiership up as quickly as possible.



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