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."