Semi-fi­nal show­down for first grade Brah­mans

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

IT’S fi­nals time for the Whit­sun­day Brah­mans in the Aus­coal Su­per Cup, and their first as­sign­ment is the pow­er­house Souths.

The two teams will lock horns in the ma­jor semi-fi­nal on Sun­day af­ter­noon at the Mackay Ju­nior Rugby League Fields hav­ing fin­ished sec­ond and third re­spec­tively.

Sharks coach Dave Simp­son, who praised the Brah­mans dur­ing pre­vi­ous en­coun­ters through­out the sea­son, said the team will be fo­cussing on ex­e­cut­ing the ba­sics.

“There will be no rein­vent­ing of the wheel. It will be won in the mid­dle,” he said.

“They are con­sis­tent with their for­ward pack through mid­field, they’ve got great halves and ath­letic backs. Our job this week is to make sure we’re well pre­pared individually.”

Whit­sun­day cap­tain-coach An­thony Black­wood sim­ply wants con­sis­tency from his team.

“The main thing for us is to com­pete for the full 80 min­utes,” he said.

“They’ve won grand fi­nals and semi-fi­nals so they know how to build and sus­tain pres­sure.

“We’ve beaten them twice and they’ve got us once. We know the team we’ve got here can win, we just need to turn up on the day.”

The win­ner of this week­end’s match will play the mi­nor pre­miers in Norths for a spot in the grand fi­nal.

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