Brothers beat saints secure grand final

Time reload: Centre Dylon Gilbert's St Marys team will need to beat Emu Plains next week to make the grand final. Picture: npbphoto.com.au

Time reload: Centre Dylon Gilbert's St Marys team will need to beat Emu Plains next week to make the grand final. Picture: npbphoto.com.au

Brothers Penrith Rugby League Club have beaten St Mary’s Rugby League Club in A-grade to secure a place in the grand final on September 14.

Brothers trailed Saints by 10 at half time on Sunday and looked down and out after not capitalising on the opposition’s poor handling but they fought back to snatch an 18-14 win.

Brothers coach, Grant Bulpett said it wasn’t the prettiest game but was happy with the effort on display from his side.

‘‘I think there’s significant room for improvement,’’ he said.

‘‘Its was pleasing to see the team has the right attitude even when things aren’t going their way. 

‘‘The players would probably agree with me that they didn’t have their best game of footy but they kept turning up for each other and were gusty enough to win.''

Brothers now sit out this weekend and will await the winner of a St Marys and Emu Plains match up to see who they will play in the grand final.

St Marys coach, Brad Drew agreed pointed towards some poor handling preventing his side from capitalising on chances.

''We dropped a lot of ball in the first half,'' he said.

''We dropped it on the third, second, first, fourth and fourth tackles of five consecutive sets of six.''

But Drew was still focusing on the chance for his team to make up for the loss next weekend in the grand final qualifier against Emu Plains.

''It wasn’t the result we wanted but we’re still alive and have a chance,'' Drew said.

''Emu [Plains] are playing some good footy at the moment.

''They’re getting players back from injury at the right time and some of their better players are going well.

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