Brothers continue form in the country
COUNTRY footy was in good hands on Saturday when Brothers beat Valleys in front of a big Calliope crowd.
Brothers went into the match as favourites and didn't disappoint running in the first tries.
"It was the second time we have played out there and it is a good vibe," said captain Brent Crisp.
"Calliope get around the footy. The ground is good and it has a country feel about it."
In the first half Brothers dominated possession with Valleys missing some key players.
"Our completion rate was still under 50% in the first half but in the second we started to get more complete sets," Crisp said.
Crisp played well for his team running in two tries along with Jayden Taylor.
"Taylor got the crowd involved with a spectacular finish with a big dive in the corner," he said.
"Tyrone Hopgood was good scoring one try and setting up a couple.
John Tamanika was a stand out for Brothers, dominating for the front row.
It was the first time the winger had played as a big boy and he was strong, quick and unstoppable.
"When you put 40 on the board you know you're going to win but it was disappointing how we finished," Crisp said.
"We gave away some soft defensive tries at the end of the match from a lapse in concentration. It made the score line look more respectable but it's not a good sign heading into finals."
Last week Brent Crisp was disappointed with his team's turn out to training but with more numbers midweek their match day performance was better.
"We had 13 at training on Tuesday which is the highest number we have had on a Tuesday all year," he said.
"That's all we want; a few more boys turning up this week rolling into the finals."
Brothers play Wallabys on Sunday at Marley Brown at 3pm while Valleys host Tannum Sands at Marley Brown on Saturday night.
It is the last round of the regular season with Brothers looking to finish on top ahead of Tannum Sands who will both earn a double chance in the finals.