Depth of talent impresses the Brethren coach
THE start of the Rockhampton Rugby League A-grade competition is more than a month away but Brothers coach Damien Seibold is excited at how his squad is shaping up.
"I'm very happy with how it's all starting to come together. We have a lot of depth this year and picking a 17 for Round 1 will be quite tough," he said this week.
"There will be a lot of changes from last year's semi-final side. We've recruited some new players and a few guys have returned after a year or two off as well.
"We also have Mitchell Zornig, a regular Queensland Cup player, who has decided to play just club football this year so he's a big asset for us."
Seibold, a former assistant coach at the Central Queensland Capras, said he was looking forward to being at the helm of the Brothers A-grade side for the first time.
The team had its first pre-season game last weekend against Gladstone Brothers.
The Rocky boys were down 10-nil at half-time but were dominant in the second half, running in 24 unanswered points.
Seibold said it was a good hit-out and gave the players the chance to blow out a few cobwebs.
"It was a matter of settling everyone down at half-time. We were trying to do every play we had worked on in the first five minutes and we dropped a lot of ball," Seibold said.
"It was a matter of getting back to basics and completing our sets and that's when things started to turn around."
The team's defence was the most pleasing aspect for the coach.
Seibold also made special mention of the performances of centre Lachlan Campbell, second rower Tim Haine and lock Pat Matulino.
Brothers' next competitive outing will be the Team McMillan Nines at Browne Park on March 5 and 6.
Brothers have entered two teams for the inaugural Nines competition and Seibold said it would be a good opportunity for the players to work on their speed and timing.