The Brasington brothers have continued their hot form helping secure a hard-fought 22-12 win for The Oaks Tigers over Picton Magpies on Sunday afternoon.
The win sees the Tigers remain in second place on the Group 6 Rugby League ladder.
The round 17 clash at Victoria Park was intense and a precursor to a likely match up between the sides in the finals series.
Brasington opened scoring when he sliced through Picton’s left-hand side defence and scored a nice solo try on the sixth minute.
It was the only try for much of the opening half. Both sides settled into a tough and physical style of football with neither conceding much in defence.
Daniel Payne, the impressive Picton number six, seemed to copy Brasington’s try when he fooled the Tigers defence, kept them at bay, and scored the first try for the home side.
Picton held a slender 6-4 lead inside 10 minutes remaining in the first half.
Picton were able to extend their lead a few minutes before halftime when Ben Smith scored to give the Magpies a 12-4 lead at the break.
The Brasington brothers, who share the coaching duties for the Tigers, combined four minutes after play resumed, with Mitchell finding Matthew on the inside to score.
Their efforts reduced the margin to 12-10 in favour of Picton.
The match continued for much of the afternoon with the same scoreline and pattern of play.
Finally, the Tigers managed to break the game open when Mitchell Richards pounced on an intercept ball to give his side a lead of 16-12 with 9 minutes left.
Matthew Brasington scored a second minutes later to ice the win for the Tigers. His brother’s kicking boot secured the 22-12 win.
The Magpies weren’t at their best and will know they need to work on their attacking structures if they are to maintain pressure on the other sides in the finals series.
With a bye next week, the Magpies go into the finals on top of the table.
The Oaks were not at their best either and will be looking for a better performance next weekend when they meet the Rams.
Round 17 results:
City Kangaroos 36 defeated Moss Vale Dragons 28, Thirlmere Roosters 54 defeated Narellan Jets 16, The Oaks Tigers 22 defeated Picton Magpies 12.
Appin Dogs 26 defeated City Kangaroos 10, Narellan Jets 22 defeated Thirlmere Roosters 20, Picton Magpies 30 defeated The Oaks Tigers 4, Camden Rams 38 defeated Oakdale Workers 6, Oran Park Gregory Hills 44 defeated Mittagong Lions 8.
Warragamba Wombats 36 defeated Bowral Blues 10, Bundanoon 24 defeated City Kangaroos 12, Narellan Jets 18 defeated Thirlmere Roosters 0.
Moss Vale Dragons 10 defeated City Kangaroos 0, Narellan Jets 4 defeated Thirlmere Roosters 0, Mt Annan/Oakdale 26 defeated Camden Rams 24, Mittagong Lions 24 drew with Warragamba Wombats 24.
City Kangaroos Gold 30 defeated Moss Vale Dragons 10, Thirlmere Roosters 12 drew with Narellan Jets 12, Camden Rams 56 defeated Oakdale Workers 0, Oran Park Gregory Hills 40 defeated Mittagong Lions 4, Picton Magpies 14 defeated The Oaks Tigers 4.