Norths go down fighting
NORTHS proved something yesterday.
From the kick-off, they matched Brothers for aggression and outplayed them.
Norths’ commitment in defence forced Brothers into making repeated errors and losing their discipline like no one else had done all season
If Norths halfback Steven West had someone running off his hip every time he broke the Brothers defensive line, his team would have scored several more tries than the one West scored himself to win the half 6-0 for the Tigers.
Unfortunately for them, it was the second half of a contest they trailed 28-0 at half-time.
Norths gave away a penalty from the kick-off to start the match for being in front of the kicker.
Brothers were immediately on the attack and scored through winger Deon Smith in the third minute.
For the second week in a row, Brothers found holes in the middle of the ruck and it was runs from dummy half by hooker Jerome Easthope then prop Sione Piutau that gave Brothers their second try.
By the 34th minute, it was 28-0 with Matt Cameron and Tim Sauer combining twice for tries to the latter.
Despite being kept scoreless, the Tigers had managed to get into try scoring positions often enough.
But where Brothers executed their plays with precision, Norths’ attack was about as accurate as a toddler with crayons trying to stay within the lines.
At half-time the Tigers had two choices.
Accept they were markedly inferior to Brothers, as recent clashes between the two teams suggested, or prove they could match them.
They chose the latter and Brothers didn’t like it.
Where it is usually Brothers that frustrate teams into indiscipline, the Brethren were the ones losing their cool with uncharacteristic niggle.
They lost focus and made mistakes, while Norths kept the pressure on, even when they were denied tries.
Eventually West, the best player on the field, scored the try he so richly deserved to salvage something for the Tigers.
Brothers coach Heath McQueen said his team’s second half would be used to motivate them not to let it happen again.
“In the first half I don’t think we played to our game plan,” McQueen said.
“In the second half they probably found that out. There were a lot of errors. At the end of the day we’ll go away and work on that. It was a good test.”
Of perhaps more concern to the coach was his team’s lack of discipline in the second half.
“I was disappointed with our attitude at times,” he said.
“Getting into a bit of the rubbish out there. There’ll only be one half of footy we’ll be watching this week and that’s not the first half.”