Stags show some fighting spirit
THE Lowood Stags Reserve Grade side travelled to Nanango to take on their equal third placed rivals Brothers on Sunday.
The Stags started well, completing early sets and opened the scoring with a try to Jarryd McDonald.
The Stags then traded tries with Brothers and the score at half time was 12-all.
The second half saw Brothers take an early lead of 18-12.
The Stags then produced good rolling rucks and quick play the balls to put Brothers on the back foot and the Stags crossed for the next three tries, to take a commanding 28-18 lead with 15 minutes to go.
The Stags seemed to drop their guard and Brothers crossed the line to narrow the gap to 28-24.
Brothers then capitalised on some penalties to be attacking inside the Stags 20 metre line and crossed to make the score 30-28 in their favour.
The Stags then muscled up and got ball possession inside Brothers 20.
With two minutes remaining the Stags got a penalty but decided against the two points and took the tap.
The Stags spread the ball wide and Michael Hart stretch out and put the ball seemingly on the line but the referee against the touch officials opinion, deemed the placement was short and ruled a knock-on.
The siren went and the Stags lost by a painful two points.
Coach John Harrison was more than happy with his sides completion rate of 28/34 and was pleased the side matched it with Brothers.
The Stags C Grade side went down 64-0 to Springfield.
The next Stags Reserve Grade game is next Sunday at 1.30 against Swifts at Kingaroy.