Brothers and Seagulls share the points

Connor Jones and Jerry Pati leap high for the ball. Image: Brendan Bowers

Brendan Bowers

Past Brothers travelled to Hervey Bay for the second time this season and returned home with a valuable point in their clash against the ladder-leading Seagulls.

It will be a match that the brethren think they let slip after leading 16-6 before allowing the home team to come back and grab a point.

Seagulls coach Jacob Blanke believes Brothers deserved to win.

“They were the better team, but it was just one of those games,” Blanke said.

He praised his team for their effort after injuries made the task harder.

It is the second draw for Hervey Bay this season after drawing against the ATW Tigers in Bundaberg.

The point keeps them ahead of ATW on the ladder, with both teams meeting this weekend in Bundaberg.

In other matches, ATW defeated East Magpies 16-4 at Salter Oval. Both teams were locked at 4-4 at half-time, and it was not until late in the game that the Tigers stamped their authority on the match.

“It wasn’t until the final ten minutes that we sealed the game,” Tigers coach Antonio Kaufusi said.

“We faced a strong team and had to work hard to grab the points,” he said.

The West Panthers accounted for Wallaroos in the final A-grade match 36-14 to keep the Maryborough team at the bottom of the ladder.

This week features a top-of-the-table clash between the Hervey Bay Seagulls and the ATW Tigers at Salter Oval on Saturday afternoon. Past Brothers and Wests will follow them. The East Magpies travel to Maryborough to play Wallaroos.

In reserves, it was a win to the Seagulls30-20 over Brothers while Wests accounted for Wallaroos 52-14. The Magpies defeated ATW 22-8.

Hervey Bay defeated Brothers in the under 18’s10-6 while Wests got the points over Wallaroos 24-10. South Burnett easily accounted for ATW 62-6.

In the Wide Bay female rugby league competitions, Fraser Coast defeated Bundaberg 16-12 in the open women competition. Bundaberg defeated South Burnett 36-0 in the under 17’s.

It was a win to Fraser Coast 34-12 over Tannum Sands in the under 14’s, while South Burnett was too strong for Bundaberg, winning 28-6.