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19 May 2010

Brothers struggle to defend title after thrashing by Goodna

QT.com.au

BROTHERS have plenty of catching up to do if they are to defend their Ipswich Rugby league under-18 title.

On Sunday the Brethren were beaten 36-10 by Goodna, who remains undefeated alongside South Burnett, showing the gulf between the teams.

"We've had a bit of trouble trying to get the same side on the park every week with players having school commitments," Brothers coach Jai Beutel said.

"They're training five days a week with school then us and playing on Saturday and trying to back up on Sunday.

"It is a bit of chaos at the moment.

"Hopefully we'll come good.

"We're still looking for wins.

"We're coming off a few of the better sides, which I don't know if it's a good or a bad thing."

Brothers have only four members of last year's champion side there this year, while other teams, such as Goodna, Swifts and South Burnett, are fielding a lot of players with last year under their belts at the same level.

"At the moment I think the competition has gone up a notch (from last season)," Beutel said.

"The majority of our players are up from the under-16s but they're more than capable of handling the work and doing the job."

Beutel hoped Sunday's loss to Goodna would serve as a learning curve for his players.

"We're improving every week but there's still a lot of work to do," he said. "We were drifting off in one-on-one tackles and against a team like Goodna with their pace out wide, you can't afford to do that."

This weekend Beutel turns his attention to Rosewood, also on one win.

"We need a more solid performance in defence," he said.

"Minimise their scoring capabilities and go from there."

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