A-grade semi-finals take shape

THE Ipswich Rugby League top four has become a little bit clearer following yesterday’s A-grade matches.

Brothers remain undefeated on top but Swifts have moved into outright second, ahead of Norths, after beating West End 20-12.

Fassifern move into outright fourth, ahead of West End, after beating Goodna 38-18.

West End had given fans hope of an upset when a try to Ray Garrett gave them the early lead.

Form there it was all Swifts, however, as they scored the next 20 points in a spiteful encounter that saw Swifts players Kaustio Magele and Justin Swney and West End’s Colin Fewquandie sent off following a second half brawl.

“We were our own worst enemies,” West End coach Todd Brown said.

“The game was there to be won but we made too many errors.”

Brown was concerned West End’s Matt Scott might have suffered a broken jaw after an alleged punch.

But none of it was an excuse with the Bulldogs having the numerical advantage after the send-offs.

Despite the loss, Brown remained upbeat about his team’s attitude and effort.

“We’re trying,” he said.

“Our attitude is good but our execution’s lacking.

“We’ve got four games to go and I’m still positive.”

Goodna needed to beat Fassifern to keep their realistic finals hopes alive.

But without key players in captain Fa Tauaa, halfback Fernando Asiata, forward James Tuiluga and back Milosi Maeli, they couldn’t match a Fassifern team equally motivated by the prospect of qualifying for semi-finals.