Waves, Bay and Brothers earn second-round BRL wins
PAST Brothers overcame a spirited Easts Magpies, Wallaroos fell just short of a dream upset against Hervey Bay Seagulls and Waves Tigers sit atop the Bundaberg Rugby League ladder for the first time in years.
Bundaberg Rugby League's second round teased two major upsets while Waves continued their strong start to the season.
Isis Devils v Waves Tigers at Eskdale Park, Maryborough
THE last few years have been a nightmare for Waves Tigers, as they won just six games from 2012 until 2015, but this Waves outfit has left those bad memories well behind and already appear to be one of the teams to beat.
Their 28-point win over Isis Devils was enough to propel the club to the top of the table, and is the first time in recent memory the club has won two consecutive games.
Isis looked strong for the first 10 minutes but slowly fell away by the superior Tigers.
Simple errors and lazy penalties plagued the Childers club, but with more time together on the field could become a force.
The Devils' forfeiture in reserve grade is not a good sign as that depth will be necessary for the club in the latter stages of the year.
WAVES TIGERS 46 (Jones 2, Pimm 2, Saumalu 2, Brosnan, Vujanovic tries; Bainbridge 7 goals) def ISIS DEVILS 18 (Dann, Rowan, Cole, Grant tries; Rowan goal).
Wallaroos v Hervey Bay Seagulls at Eskdale Park, Maryborough
IF BRL games were 15 minutes shorted we would be discussing the upset of the season.
Wallaroos' small, mobile pack played all over Hervey Bay for the first hour of their clash on Saturday night.
They led from Joey Alberts' first half try, and Wallaroos' faithful dared to dream when they went into the break with an eight-point lead.
Hervey Bay lifted their game in the second half but could not overcome the margin until Elisaia Saumani scored for the Seagulls in the 66th minute.
The Eskdale Park escape may be the wake-up call Hervey Bay Seagulls need ahead of their tough trip to Childers while Wallaroos will benefit from the confidence boost for weeks to come.
HERVEY BAY SEAGULLS 28 (Stefaniuk, T Horne, Saumani, Elemani, McCrea, Nau tries; C Horne 2 goals) def WALLAROOS 22 (Horder 2, Alberts, Ahon tries; Horder 3 goals).
Past Brothers v Easts Magpies at Brothers Sports Complex, Bundaberg.
FOR 40 minutes it looked as if a second BRL upset could have been on the cards.
Easts Magpies took it to Past Brothers.
They scored first and led for much of the first half, and trailed only 18-14 at the main break.
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The halftime break's effect was two-fold: it spurred Past Brothers to life and halted Easts' momentum.
The defending premiers could not be stopped as they maintained their perfect record and consigned Easts to the bottom of the table.
PAST BROTHERS 46 (Carl 2, Sherriff 2, Filo, Martin, Rose, Savage tries; Carl 7 goals) def EASTERN SUBURBS 14 (Taylor 2, Carsen tries; Taylor 1 goal).