THROUGH THE GAP: Rueben Olive makes a break for Brothers   at Salter Oval, Bundaberg.
THROUGH THE GAP: Rueben Olive makes a break for Brothers at Salter Oval, Bundaberg. Paul Donaldson BUN260817RUG8

Brothers clip Gulls' wing

LEAGUE: The last Saturday of August this year will be a day to be remembered for Past Brothers in future years.

The Bundaberg club will have teams in all senior competition grand finals after all won their major semi-finals.

The under-18, women and reserves were joined by the Brethren's A-Grade side who defeated last year's premiers Hervey Bay 26-12 at Salter Oval.

In a battle of the forward packs at times, Past Brothers got on top in the second half after leading 12-6 at half-time.

Tries to Brothers players Kane Chapman and Daula Ellison set up an 18-point lead before Rueben Olive sealed the game with 10 minutes to go.

"It was a very physical game," Brothers captain Kevin Sherriff said.

"We just kept doing what we needed to do, compete our sets, get rid of the ball and defend it up.

"That grind went for a good 50 to 60 minutes there."

The side is now in its first grand final since winning the competition in 2015.

"It's everyone's dream to make it to the end and we've done all the hard work through the season and now we are there."

"The big difference for us this year has been numbers at training.

"The club shows great depth."

Brothers might be celebrating the victory but for Hervey Bay it could be a costly loss.

The minor premiers played one of its worst games for the year and also lost captain Clinton Horne late in the game with a wrist injury.

"Brothers were on the ball tonight," Seagulls vice-captain Damien Otto said.

"We need to go back to the drawing board.

"Our middle needs to step up another level from tonight, Brothers found many metres through it."

Horne is now in doubt for this week as the side prepares to face the Wallaroos.

"I haven't spoken to Clinton since he come off the field, but it's always hard without him," Otto said.

"Someone will need to step up."

Otto said if needed he would be the one to help deliver the side to the grand final.

The two sides will face each other at 6.30pm this Saturday at Salter Oval.



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