WHACK: A Maryborough Brothers player loses the ball in a strong Josh Tanner tackle, one that handed possession to the Panthers and resulted in a try in the dying moments. Wests won 38-30.
WHACK: A Maryborough Brothers player loses the ball in a strong Josh Tanner tackle, one that handed possession to the Panthers and resulted in a try in the dying moments. Wests won 38-30. Matthew McInerney

The game M'boro Brothers should have won

LEAGUE: Two competition points dangled in front of Maryborough Brothers' players, ready to be grabbed in the closing stages of their fifth round clash with Wests Panthers.

Just as it had all game - they led 18-14 at half-time and were genuinely, for large periods of the Eskdale Park fixture, the better team on the paddock - but with the force of a perfectly placed Josh Tanner tackle the ball - and points - disappeared into Wests' hands.

Brothers coach Alex Dreger said it was a game the side should have won.

"Everyone was disappointed," he said.

"It wasn't at their effort, but it was a win that could've kept us up with the top five. Once we got that 40/20 I thought we could get there."

That opportunity came with about five minutes to go. Rather than attack the line as they had done throughout the game, Brothers' attack went side-to-side, lost ground, then a fifth-tackle bomb went back across the field to where the original tap was taken.

Dreger praised the efforts of halfback Dalton Harry, who he said stepped up and providing direction to a team that has vastly improved since its return to A-grade last season.

Dreger puts that improvement down to a strong pre-season.

"Everyone is buying into everything we're doing, but I think we just need to get of our errors and penalties," he said.

"We need that one or two wins to get going but we've got some tough games coming up (after the break)."



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