Brumbies hit their straps just in time

Un­der-16s shine in all ar­eas in 40-point win over Stags at home

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT - Noel Thomp­son noel.thomp­son@cnbtimes.com.au

BRUMBIES have hit their straps at the busi­ness end of the sea­son with a con­vinc­ing 46-6 win.

The Un­der-16 team out tack­led, out ran and out played the Nanango Stags in their Mun­dub­bera home game on Satur­day.

Coach Rob Linksett said the team was look­ing to be a real force for the rest of the sea­son.

“The team was peak­ing at the right time of the sea­son,” Lins­kett said.

“The team showed to­day that they can hold any team in the comp with their great de­fence, only let­ting in one try.”

At the start of the game the team was liv­ing the dream when MJ Hav­ili and Matt Em­mer­ton scored tries one af­ter the other in the first five min­utes and Daw­son Cross con­verted Em­mer­ton’s to make it 10 – 0 early.

Mo­ments later Ryan Op­per­man was run­ning over in the cor­ner to make it 14 – 0. Nanango then hit back against the run of play with a try scored by Dexer Kelvin, con­verted by Lach­lan Jones.

MJ Hav­ili crossed for his sec­ond Brumbies try just be­fore half time to make it 18 – 6. Brumbies coach Rob Lins­ket said he was very happy with his team’s ef­fort in the first half, but warned the boys not to re­lax at all in the sec­ond.

De­spite some very de­ter­mined at­tempts by Nanango, they did not trou­ble the scorer in the sec­ond half but the Brumbies ran in an­other five tries.

MJ Hav­ili crossed twice in the sec­ond half to make a to­tal of four for the match.

Lin­skit said the boys had demon­strated great de­fence. “(They showed) very good team work and a per­for­mance all should be proud of,” Lin­skit said.

“We play Cher­berg in two weeks and we need to win all three re­main­ing games to make the fi­nals.”

PHOTO: NOEL THOMP­SON

TOUGH STUFF: Un­der-16s Brumbies took on Nanango Stags.

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