Marist Brothers player Brendan Brooke led by example in the NRRRL match against Cougars at Queen Elizabeth Park, Casino.
Marist Brothers player Brendan Brooke led by example in the NRRRL match against Cougars at Queen Elizabeth Park, Casino. Jerad Williams

Brothers seal 'miracle' win

MARIST Brother Rams’ 18-16 win over Casino Cougars on Saturday was impressive enough to have their coach David Krause labelled it as one of the best wins he’s seen in 20 years.

And who can blame him?

Brothers were without seven regular first graders and miraculously sealed the match with the very last play of the NRRRL game at Queen Elizabeth Park, Casino.

Behind 16-10 on the scoreboard when the siren sounded, Brothers played hot potato football before Billy King put in a short kick behind the Cougars’ line.

On the spot was his cousin Leon King who picked up the ball to score.

Rams’ Chris King then kicked the conversion from the sideline to seal the unlikely win, prompting Brothers coach Krause to sing his team’s praises.

“It’s one of the better wins I’ve seen at this club in 20 years,” Krause said.

“We had seven players missing but we had some young guys really step and show they’re future first graders.

“Joel Jensen and Aaron Campbell did this so well in important positions such as hooker and halfback.

“It was just good to get a win after we went so close to beating Northern United in the first round.

“Casino probably had 70 per cent of possession and field position and 60 per cent of the penalties and they should have won by 20 points.

“But I thought our forwards really stood up in slippery conditions.”

Front-rower Darryl Butcher, five-eighth and captain Brendan Brookes and lock forward Ryan Witt were among Brothers’ best players.

Cougars coach Troy Johnson was disappointed Brothers were allowed one last play to win the match after the siren had sounded.

“I thought that was a bit controversial because the siren had sounded,” he said.

“But it’s done and dusted now.

“The Brothers boys should go and buy themselves lottery tickets.

“We had a chat about the result after the game and it’s disheartening but we’re a tight-knit bunch of blokes.

“Our goal at the start of the year was to improve every game and I think we’re doing that.”

Among the Cougars’ best were back-rower Jacob Ngaumo and five-eighth Bryce Hosie.