Brothers to punch above weight in finals battle

BROTHERS head into today's IRL elimination final against West End with a mental as well as physical hurdle to overcome.

Just three weeks ago the Brethren were beaten 36-0 by the Bulldogs.

Finals footy is where Brothers traditionally raise their game, but this is a very different looking Brothers outfit to previous seasons.

They no longer boast a line-up the envy of most players.

It means they will have to play smarter footy than their opponents, with hooker Nat Creedy identifying their attitude in defence as the main area that needs improvement if they are to survive another week.

Brothers, by necessity rather than choice, will give away a significant size advantage to West End.

It means they have a potentially faster, more skillful set, particulalrly with a bench including Tory Sharpe, Steve Mills and Shaun Daylight.

But to turn that to their advantage they have to ensure they are not forced to do more than 50 percent of the defending.

"We need to try and run them around and get them on the edges," Creedy said.

"It would be a nice change to have more than 50 percent of the ball, rather than doing all the tackling."

If they can Creedy believes Brothers have as much chance of going all the way as any of the four finalists.

"Anyone in the top four can win it," he said.

"It will be whoever turns up with the best attitude on the day."

With a halves combination relatively inexperienced in A grade finals, hooker Creedy carries an extra weight on his shoulders.

But he believes his main task is to set the standard in defence.

Stopping the big West End forwards from getting a roll on is the minimum requirement if Brothers hope to win.

In attack it will likely be five-eighth Willie Oloitoa calling the shots, with no dominant half in the mould of last year's skiper Jason Connors.