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Rugby League - Seagulls V. Brothers. Anaru Nathan (Brothers). Alistair Brightman

M'boro Brothers vow to bounce back after heavy defeat

MARYBOROUGH Brothers coach Alex Dreger is happy to let his side's last game be confined to history.

The 54-0 shellacking at the hands of defending Bundaberg Rugby League premiers Hervey Bay Seagulls was possibly the worst way Maryborough Brothers' first home game in 15 years could have worked out.

Hervey Bay ultimately ran in nine tries to vastly improve their points differential, but the 15 minutes of the game belonged to the newly-promoted Maryborough club.

"We killed oursevles in that first 15 minutes,” Dreger said.

Maryborough Brothers crossed the line twice only to be denied by the Seagulls' defence, and once Hervey Bay took control they never relented.

"We get some confidence out of that,” Dreger said.

"We went through the video and, while there wasn't a lot of it, we did some of the things we wanted to do on the field.”

The upside to such a thrashing is that today's opponents, Wallaroos, may take them lightly.

The return of experienced former Gympie Devil Kurt Fleming to the front row will give Maryborough Brothers much-needed size in the middle of the park.

"It'll be a good game, it's always big for us the local derby,” Dreger said.

"I think Roos might take us lightly so that will work in our favour.”

The Stafford Park game will kick off at 1.20pm.