Hutchings brothers clash on field for the first time
RILEY Hutchings upstaged big brother Josh when the Fraser Coast Mariners sent University of Sunshine Coast packing on Saturday.
Riley, the Fraser Coast's 16-year-old flanker, faced off against 19-year-old former Mariner Josh for the first time. Fraser Coast won 31-26.
"There was a bit of rough and tumble,” Riley joked.
"We played all our junior footy together so it was a bit different,” Josh added. "It's always good to come back to play against these guys.”
The Mariners were again guilty of starting slowly, but the home side managed to get on track.
"We didn't bring everything we've got. It's always that first 10 minutes and they usually put on a few points,” Riley said.
"This time it only happened for five minutes and we started working.”
Fraser Coast earned a vital bonus point for scoring four tries, while USC earned two bonus points courtesy of four tries and losing by less than seven points.
"I thought both played pretty well,” Josh said.
"I think we backed off in that middle period.
"It's one of those things where we had to come out strong but we didn't. We just have to get back to training on Tuesday and work on a few things.”
The Mariners move to 19 competition points but remain sixth on the Sunshine Coast Rugby Union reserve grade ladder.
Fraser Coast is now in a must-win period if they are to qualify for the finals.
Fourth-placed Maleny's earned a bonus point win over top-placed Noosa.
Their 26-7 win means the Mariners remain 13 points outside the top four.
Third-placed Caloundra beat Gympie 19-5, while second-placed Nambour beat Maroochydore 22-7.