Brothers rage over Storm in Cairns

On Sunday, Edmonton hosted Cairns Brothers at Petersen Park and the blue-and-whites showed why they are current ladder leaders with a dominant  44-12 victory in a very physical encounter. 

Cairns scored first through Calan Dunbar and Partrick Lewis before Lewis latched onto an intercept Storm ball and ran nearly the full length of the field to score his second try of the match.

Despite having their opportunities in Brothers territory, the Storm weren't able to capitalise and went into the break scoreless and trailing Cairns by 14.

The try fest continued for Cairns in the second half with two tries to Quinlyn Cannon while Lewis scored his third try.

A barnstorming Teddy Kepa proved difficult for Edmonton to stop and he went over to score twice in quick succession and further extend the lead to 38-0.

Edmonton's dogged determination saw them finally post points with less than 15 minutes left in the game through Roger Tait.

The try by Edmonton provided a slight ray of hope and when Isiah Pau crashed over minutes later they showed they were not totally down and out.

A late try by Lewis saw him finish with four for Cairns which earned him the player of the match.

Edmonton coach Anthony Satrick said he always knew Cairns would be hard to beat, but they did a lot of the small things better and conceded they were just too good for us.

"When we had our chances I thought Brothers defence in the first 15 to 20 minutes of the game was pretty good and we couldn't seem to gain our momentum."

Satrick said the team's philosophy and motto for moving forward this year was 'no excuses' and about finding a way for your team mates by making tackles etc especially when the going gets tough.

"I felt the boys ground it out right until the 80th minute and didn't lay down with all players from 1-17 which although a challenge, they held their own against a team with experienced Pride development players."

Edmonton's only injury concern is Pride player Denzel King who suffered a cork on his arm, but should pull up OK and be fit to play for Pride this Saturday against Burleigh.

Photo: Maria Girgenti
Photo: Maria Girgenti

"We have a completely brand new outfit with the exception of three experienced local Storm boys, Daniel Woodhouse, Kornylius Tauimaga and Rhys Pyne and are a very young side who have only been together for a month and are still building."

The aim is to try and bring up a lot of Under 18s to ensure long term stability for the club.

Even thought the weekend scoreline didn't reflect, Satrick said he was pretty confident and believed the team would be competitive with the right attitude and commitment will cause some upsets along the way as the season progresses.

This weekend, Edmonton clash with Ivanhoes at Smithfield which will be a tough affair against a good young side.

Round 5 - CAIRNS & DISTRICT RUGBY LEAGUE A GRADE
Yarrabah 38 def Mareeba 14, Mossman-Port Douglas 54 def Tully 28, Atherton 22 def Southern Suburbs 16, Kangaroos 24 def Ivanhoes 12, Cairns Brothers 44 def Edmonton 12. Bye - Innisfail 

Reserve Grade

Yarrabah 30 def Mareeba 26, Atherton 34 def Southern Suburbs 6, Cairns Brothers 36 def Edmonton 14, Mossman-Port Douglas 28 def Tully 20 and Kangaroos 24 def Ivanhoes 16.

Under 18s

Yarrabah 40 def Mareeba 13, Atherton 40 def Southern Suburbs 8, Cairns Brothers 28 def Edmonton 10 and Ivanhoes 50 def Kangaroos 8.

Ladies touch 

Atherton 3 def Southern Suburbs 1, Mossman-Port Douglas 2 def Tully 0, Mareeba 2 def Yarrabah 0, Edmonton 2 def Cairns Brothers 0 and Ivanhoes 2 def Kangaroos 0.

Points: Cairns Brothers 8, Atherton 8, Kangaroos 7, Innisfail 5, Ivanhoes 5, Mossman-Port Douglas 4, Yarrabah 4, Edmonton 4,  Southern Suburbs 3, Mareeba 2, Tully 0.

Round 6 - CDRL May 18/19

Saturday - Ivanhoes v Edmonton (Smithfield Sports Complex); Mossman-Port Douglas v Southern Suburbs (Coronation Park, Mossman) 

Sunday - Cairns Brothers v Yarrabah (Stan Willliams Park); Tully v Innisfail (Tully Showgrounds and Kangaroos v Mareeba (Vico Oval, Mooroobool) Bye: Atherton