Brothers' season on track
MARIST Brothers got their season back on track with a hard-fought 18-8 victory against Mullumbimby Giants at Crozier Field, Lismore, yesterday.
A sluggish first 50 minutes had the two sides deadlocked at nil-all, until Brothers' fullback Dylan Coleman put winger Mitchell Krause in a gap and he raced away 90 metres to score under the posts.
Despite being up against a heavy injury toll and penalty count, the Giants hit back with unconverted tries to five-eighth Tim Abbott and halfback Mat Mulchay.
In response, the Rams lifted after some inspirational carries from prop Darryl Butcher.
The deceptive bookend went on to score a crucial try and kick three conversions.
“There is nothing that he (Butcher) can't do, and he just told me that he's eligible to play in the next State of Origin too,” Krause joked.
“The harder it gets out there, the more he likes it.”
A sneaky try from dummy-half by hooker Jack Woods took away any chance of a Giants comeback.
“Once we got a bit of field position and some quick play the ball it was all over,” Krause said.
“We've lost a few close games this season so it's good to finally win one of the arm wrestles.”
Krause named 17-year-old second-rower Will Burden as his best.
Giants coach Damon Scott was proud of his players after they lost their entire bench to injury in the second half.
“We lost players early and had blokes walking around out there on one leg,” Scott said.
“Boys were getting knocked out and having to go back on the field because we had no one else left.
“It makes it harder when you're on the wrong end of the penalty count and isn't justified too.
“I don't normally blame referees for our losses but a lot of people in that crowd have the same opinion as me.
“There was a difference of about 14 penalties between us and Brothers and I don't think we're that bad a team.
“Something has to be done about it; you can't win a game when you're getting flogged by the referee.”
Front-rowers Max Binkley and Robbie Goodacre were among the best for the Giants.