Wallaroos hold advantage but Brothers are confident
WALLAROOS won the last battle between the Heritage City's Bundaberg Rugby League clubs, but Maryborough Brothers is confident they can surprise their cross-town rivals.
When Maryborough's clubs clash at Eskdale Park tonight they will be fuelled by different goals.
A Wallaroos win will ensure it keeps its hold on third place on the BRL ladder, and maintains pressure on the top two.
Halfback Luke Waters is out with illness but utility Joel Richards will partner Ben Waters in the halves.
It's a change that coach Peter Waters said should not disrupt the side, as it hunts for its fourth win of the year.
"What we miss in attack Joel will more than make up for in defence,” he said.
Wallaroos are coming off a six-point win over The Waves Tigers, a game Waters described as his side's best in his two seasons in the role.
"We had to grind it out. Our line defence was ordinary but they had to work for it,” Waters said. "It was one of our best wins.”
Maryborough Brothers are yet to record their first win since returning to A-grade after a 15-year absence, but coach Alex Dreger said there was something different about his side's preparation.
"I'm not sure what it is but the guys have been very good at training this week,” Dreger said. "We don't have a lot out this week so I think we could get up.”
Maryborough Brothers will be without Hayden Edmunds and Lyle Murgha, but replacement halfback Dalton Harry is one player that has already caught Waters' attention.
"He is an exceptional young footballer, and Jack (Gauld) is a good forward.”
Maryborough Brothers will hold a raffle to raise money for winger James Wragge, who was injured in a tackle last week. Wragge is recovering at Royal Brisbane Hospital.