HELD BACK: Past Brothers' William Nagas hits the ground after a tackle at Brothers Sports Complex.
HELD BACK: Past Brothers' William Nagas hits the ground after a tackle at Brothers Sports Complex. Paul Donaldson BUN040617RUGLG8

Brethren tame the Tigers in the BRL

LEAGUE: Past Brothers insist they are not premiership contenders just yet in the Bundaberg Rugby League - despite being on top of the ladder.

The side continued their impressive start to the season with a 24-12 win over The Waves Tigers at home on Sunday.

Playing in front of their home supporters the Brethren didn't disappoint, winning against last year's grand finalists for the second time this year.

"It was tough and I was happy the side hung in there against The Waves with their bigger bodies,” coach Brent Kuskey said.

"We got to our kicks early and we were able to turn their big bodies around and cause some damage.”

It was also an impressive performance with the side missing three players to other footballing commitments.

"Tyrell Priestley and Aaron Hall played well and were the stand outs for us,” Kuskey said.

"Kane Chapman also got our players player after doing a good job stopping Tiger Tien Nguyen.”

Kuskey said everything was on track at this stage of the season but they aren't premiership favourites.

"We're confident with where the team is heading,” he said.

"There's still a number of sides that are capable of winning the competition.”

The Waves said Brothers were too good on the day.

"We had our moments but didn't capitalise on them,” the Tigers' assistant coach Ashley Simpson said.

"We've got a lot of improvement to do.”

But the side is confident they can turn it around.

"We've got new guys coming into the team and we're working with them to get cohesion,” Simpson said.

"For us we just need to get the one percenters right and that's what we'll be working on in training.”

The side plays Western Suburbs next, who won the other match at Brothers Sports Complex on Sunday.

The Panthers beating Eastern Suburbs 20-14 after scoring a late try and a penalty in the final 15 minutes of the match.

The next round is on this weekend.



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