Barrett special sees out an old fashioned slogfest
RUGBY LEAGUE: Victoria Park turned into a bloodbath as arch rivals Rockhampton Brothers and Norths Chargers tore strips off each other for 80 pulsating minutes.
With seconds remaining it took a clutch play from Norths' five-eighth Kalen Barrett who nailed a field-goal from 30 metres out to steal the contest 13-12.
It was an old fashioned slogfest, more suited to the away side, who cascaded their big men up the middle all game. Brothers tried to play down the edges more, but were caught up in the engine room battle.
Norths coach Kane Hardy actually thought his reliable number 6 missed the field goal.
"It was just a great tough game, everything we expected. The brutality was unreal," Hardy appraised.
"We were probably a bit lucky, I thought he missed it and so did most of the boys. But when the ref put his hand up we were cheering.
"Both sides played a great game and in good spirits. The respect is there, no rubbish, just good football."
Hardy singled out fringe Capra John Filipo's barnstorming display.
"He has came back with a great attitude. He doesn't think he is ahead of these boys, just rips in," he said.
"Darcy Davey was instrumental, his work, energy and tackling even livened Dan Tanner up. My skipper is just getting better with age too."
Brothers coach Damien Seibold will to win means he takes losses personally. He said he was proud of how hard his players worked but disappointed at the execution.
"I probably did expect more from us to be honest," he said.
"I didn't think either side was better than the other and in the crunch moment, we had a chance to win it and we didn't take it. They had one chance and took it.
"We didn't stick to our game plan at all and got carried away with the physical side of things.
"But it is only Round 5, I am not too concerned, I just hate losing."
What will give Seibold concern, a mounting injury toll which worsened this weekend. Rhys Chapman, Ian Webster, Justin Daniels and Mitch Zornig were all casualties in the one point defeat.