Brothers' golden-point win 'enjoyable and stressful' for coach
RUGBY LEAGUE: "It was the most enjoyable and the most stressful.”
That is how Rockhampton Brothers A-grade rugby league coach Damien Seibold summed up his team's last-gasp golden-point win over Yeppoon in the major semi-final on Sunday.
The result went down to the wire after the two teams could not be separated after 80 minutes of fast and physical football.
Brothers were leading 20-18 and looked set for victory before Yeppoon kicked a penalty goal from 40m out on full-time to lock things up.
Neither team gave an inch in golden point but with just 30 seconds to go, Brothers prop Jarrod Earle scored a four-pointer to snatch an exhilarating victory.
Brothers now play minor premiers and reigning champions Norths Chargers in week two of the semi-finals, while Yeppoon takes on Emu Park.
Seibold said it a courageous performance given he had just two players on the bench for a good part of the second half after Mitch Zornig was knocked out and Jayden Vea Vea suffered a quad injury.
"It was a great win,” he said, acknowledging that second-placed Yeppoon would have started as favourites.
"Within the team we were very confident going in. We had a simple game plan and we knew if we executed well we would be in a position to win the game and we did.
"The biggest thing was the trust the boys had in myself and each other.”
Brothers have been beset with injuries this year, meaning Seibold has had to constantly shuffle his line-up each week.
But that has given rise to some new talent, including schoolboy Chalice Atoi who was one of the team's best on Sunday along with five-eighth Cooper Nobbs and fullback Ryan Burke.
Seibold is looking forward to the showdown on Saturday with Norths, who dropped just one game in the regular season.
"We just need to keep turning up and playing with the same commitment that we showed on Sunday and we will do well,” Seibold said.
"I'm excited at what's to come.”