Brothers too good for the Cougars

TWO Marist Brothers players with a decade in playing experience separating them shone as the Brethren ran out impressive 28-0 victors over Casino at Queen Elizabeth Park, Casino, on Saturday night.

Brothers second-rower and captain Luke Scott, 30, and young prop Chris Farrell, 19, were the Rams' best as the Brethren inflicted the Cougars' first defeat in six matches.

"Luke Scott just drove the ball forward all night," Marist coach Craig Hodges said.

"He loves the tough, tight and grinding sort of stuff.

"He makes metres when the metres are hard to come buy.

"Chris was exceptional for us especially considering he's just out of 18s."

With Scott and Farrell and their willing mates up front providing the metres, Brothers eventually ground down the gallant Cougars.

"Defensively it was a fantastic game for us," Hodges said.

"They have been on a roll the last few weeks so to keep them to zero was very satisfying.

"We were down a little in attack, but our forwards were awesome."

Besides Scott and Farrell, prop Tim Tredigo returned to his best form after struggling to overcome an illness.

Lock Al Campbell and centre Graham Smallwood were others to stand out.

For Casino it was a disappointing end to a good run, especially as it was in front of the Cougars' 1985 premiership winning side, which was having a reunion.

But they can take solace from their improvement since the teams last met.

Prop and captain Chris McGrath was again the pick of the Cougars.

MARIST BROTHERS 28 (Graham Smallwood 2, Jake Campbell, Rod McFarlane, Tim Tredigo tries; Adrian Gooley 4 goals) d CASINO 0.

Reserve grade: CASINO d MARIST BROTHERS (no scores available).

Under-18s: MARIST BROTHERS d CASINO (no scores available).

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