by Shane Jones
LEAGUE: Brent Kuskey's legacy as one of the best coaches in the region was further validated on Sunday afternoon at Salter Oval.
But not even he believed what he saw on the scoreboard when the final whistle went.
In a dramatic finish to the Bundaberg Rugby League A-Grade decider, a late try to Brothers' Kane Chapman helped the side to a 22-18 win over the Wallaroos.
The Wallaroos led for the first 75 minutes as Brothers took the lead when it counted.
It was a sad way to finish the season for the Roos.
The side scored the opening two tries before Brothers fought back as the Roos led 12-10 at half-time.
The Wallaroos then had an 18-16 lead before Brothers returned the shield back to the Rum City for the first time since 2015.
It was Kuskey's third title in five years and second as coach after guiding Wests to the 2013 title.
"We were lucky to win in the end," Kuskey said.
"It was not pretty at all, we didn't stick to what we've worked on.
Kuskey said the turning point was the sides bench players.
"Aaron Kuskey and Jarrod Johnson turned it around," he said.
"They came on, they gave us a bit of a rocket and got us going."
Brothers captain Kevin Sherriff said the side was always confident of getting the job done.
"We knew we had the fitness to get there in the end and the ability to score tries," he said.
"We just left it to the last five minutes."
Sherriff said it was good to help Brothers claim its 22nd A-Grade title.
"It's good to bring it back home," he said.
"We want to keep Bundaberg rugby strong."
Sherriff might have been confident of success, but Past Brothers Rugby League president Scooter Nicol wasn't.
The trainer nervously watched on as the side grabbed the dramatic winner.
"These boys are going to put me in an early grave," he said.
"It's a special win as it's our 70th year for the club."
Nicol said Kuskey deserved all the plaudits he gets and paid respect to the Roos.
"He's just a good bloke, great coach, great player and knows what he wants," he said.
"The Roos are really good team, in terms of quality players, but really good people.
"They deserved to be where they were today."