Brothers feeling the heat with Bluebirds closing in

BROTHERS' slump is close to becoming a crisis as the Brethren slipped to their fifth successive defeat yesterday.

After leading Goodna 12-0 at half-time Brothers failed to score a point in the second half as Goodna stormed back to win 21-12.

Swifts' 40-30 win over Fassifern sees the Bluebirds sit just two points behind fourth placed Brothers with four rounds remaining.

Goodna captain Corey Kirk praised his team's character in overturning such a large deficit despite the Eagles being well short of full strength.

"Last week against West End we only had about five regular A graders," he said.

"We went down but we were happy with the effort.

"Yesterday we got three back so we were about half strength.

"We've had Under 19 and Reserve grade players to fill the gaps and they're doing the job."

Kirk said the half time break was the chance for Goodna to remedy the things they weren't doing right yesterday and his players followed the advice.

"We needed to dominate in the rucks," the five-eighth said.

"In the first half our forwards were a bit off the pace.

"There was not much effort and vigour in their runs.

"But in the second half they really laid the platform for myself and Kevin (Bell) to play off the back of."

The injury crisis at Goodna has meant opportunities for others and prop Jesse Chubb was one who seized the chance to start rather than come off the bench.