Marist Brothers’ Chris DeGiusti runs the ball against Lower Clarence last Saturday. Brothers won 44-14.
Marist Brothers’ Chris DeGiusti runs the ball against Lower Clarence last Saturday. Brothers won 44-14. CATHY ADAMS

It's a Giant task for Brothers

BROTHERS’ bid to stay unbeaten hits a hurdle tonight in the form of the rampaging Mullumbimby Giants.

The clash pits the NRRRL’s best defensive record against the third most potent attacking unit after three rounds.

While Brothers have let in only six tries, the Giants have scored 19 – only Ballina and Ghosts have more.

And while Giants coach Scott Hogan has been able to name largely unchanged line-ups over the opening month of the season, his counterpart David Krause has had no such luck.

Brothers will be without five of their best players.

Fullback Chris DeGiusti will miss the game after having his jaw dislocated last weekend; Simon Andrews and Jack Durheim are in Sydney for representative trials; and Cameron Paine and Rod McFarlane have personal duties to attend.

Leon King, who excelled in the back-row for Northern United last year, and Dylan Coleman, one of the premier centres in the region, will come off the bench for the Rams in chilly conditions at Mullumbimby.

Krause thinks his men can rise to the challenge in front of a notoriously vocal crowd.

“It’s a great atmosphere at Mullum,” Krause said.

“I always enjoyed playing up there; the crowd will let you know if you are having a bad game – but they will also congratulate you if you have a good one.”

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