Brothers full strength for Dolphins

Brothers captain-coach Ben Black is expecting a better showing in the Dave Mavroudis Shield on Saturday.

Brothers captain-coach Ben Black is expecting a better showing in the Dave Mavroudis Shield on Saturday.

BROTHERS captain-coach Ben Black will have a full complement of players when the Brethren dice with Coogee Dolphins for the Dave Mavroudis Shield at Parramore Park on Saturday.

Taking stock after a heavy trial loss to Yass and the involvement of six players in the Reconciliation Cup on Saturday, Black reported there were no serious casualties from the two venues.

With a strong interest in the Reconciliation Cup at Harris Park on Saturday, the Brethern went into the trial against Yass without 11 of their top 17 players and it cost them.

Brothers led 6-0 after the opening 20 minute quarter, but were “hammered” in the second term.

Yass ran away with the clash, scoring a 52-10 win.

“I took off a few players for the second quarter,” Black said. “That’s when Yass really got us.

“We got hammered.

“A couple of guys got a bit busted and that left us pretty short for most of the game.

“Everyone did very well in the circumstances.”

Black stressed the clash with Coogee Dolphins would be a “full strength” trial.

“We’ll have our top 17,” he said.

“We’ll also have a new jersey for the game.”

Brothers will be taking on at least one familiar face in the annual fixture.

Former Young captain-coach Neil Thorman is returning to the Riverina with his new club.

The Englishman is expected to slot in at hooker for the Dolphins.

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