Hat-trick heroics as Brothers upset Hounds

Brothers pulled off a shock 30-24 upset over third placed Normanby Hounds in their Northside 1 Rugby League Brisbane fixture on Saturday.

Fullback Sam Fall was the star of the day, scoring three tries in an outstanding display for the home side.

Brothers centre Jackson McEwan got the home side off to a flying start when he spotted a yawning gap to slide over for the first try of the afternoon.

Normanby hit back within three minutes as second rower Eliesa Kailahi crashed over to register his side's first points.

In an identical passage of play, Kailahi crossed again in the 19th minute with another barging run to put the Hounds in front at 10-6.

Fall chimed into the backline for his first of three tries for Brothers, latching onto a superb pass from five eighth Jake Sproules to level up the scores.

Leprechauns halfback Wade Potter sent Fall in again just before the break, with a pin-point banana kick that found Fall who picked the ball up on the trot to dive in beside the sticks.

With the explosive second half under way, Brothers were being superbly led up front by dreadlocked lock Caleb Crossley-Price and second rower Sam Hinton.

It would be Hinton who set up the home side's next try with a round-the-corner pass to Sproules, who raced 40 metres to dive over the line to score, two minutes into the second stanza.

Brilliant Normanby halfback Zach Cundell, however, had other ideas - and tried to cease the mini onslaught with a superb step off his left foot diving over beside the sticks.

A crucial Brothers try in the 55th minute belonged to solid winger Richard Evans, whose in-and-away down the sideline increased the score line to 26-14 and it appeared an upset was on the cards.

The game had more twists to come, as up the other end of the field Hounds replacement Charles Burchell couldn't believe his luck, grabbing a loose ball off the ground to easily plant it under the sticks untouched in an epic fightback.

But all that was needed was his Superman cape to become the complete package, as Fall scored arguably the try of the match, chipping and chasing his own kick to regather and score right in front of the huge home crowd.

With two minutes of play on the clock, the Hounds produced a late rally with replacement Sam Heyward using his brute strength to bulldoze his way over, but it was too late as Brothers had done enough to secure victory.

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* Mike Simpson is a QRL correspondent who covers the Rugby League Brisbane senior competitions