Brothers proved that their young side took no prisoners after a 22-12 victory over Mackay Magpies in the RLM 2019 elimination finals.
Brothers proved that their young side took no prisoners after a 22-12 victory over Mackay Magpies in the RLM 2019 elimination finals. Aidan Cureton

Brothers clip Magpies' wings in knock-out

MACKAY Brothers' youthful roster has been analysed as both a blessing and crux throughout the season by opposing sides.

On Saturday, Brothers proved that their young side took no prisoners after a 22-12 victory over Mackay Magpies.

Coach Nick Swan said his men's performance should be noticed by the remaining A-Grade teams.

"These are the games that matter so it's pleasing to see a performance like that in an elimination final,” he said.

While Brothers had the wood on Magpies there was no room for overconfidence on the pitch.

"We beat them twice this year but that really meant nothing. . . we were the better team today,” Swan said.

Magpies went into the break 12-0 with redemption still in reach.

Swann said his team's fitness and skill came into play towards the back end of the game. The proud coach commended his young players for stepping up when needed.

High school students Jack Hoffmann, Jedd Abbott and Daniel Kelly earned a special mention.

"We've got three 17-year-olds in this A-Grade team and you wouldn't know,” Swan said.

"All our boys are excellent. Matt Skaife, he's just a freak. In my opinion he's too good for this comp.”

Still the coach said his men weren't perfect.

"One of our Achilles' heels has been our on-line defence. That's more toughness and I think young guys find excuses sometimes.”

"In terms of attack I think we're the best attacking team in the comp, it's just our defence we need to work on.”



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