Brah­mans storm into fi­nals sea­son

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

RUGBY LEAGUE

THAT win­ning feel­ing re­turned to the Brah­mans at the week­end, thump­ing Norths Devils in both Agrade and un­der-18 fix­tures.

Whit­sun­day’s se­niors con­sol­i­dated third on the Aus­coal Su­per Cup lad­der with a crush­ing 66-6 at Jack O’Brian Oval on Satur­day af­ter­noon, led by Joshua Hard­cas­tle’s haul of four tries.

Jack Briscoe worked hard for a hat-trick while David Kay added a brace as the Brah­mans crossed for a stag­ger­ing 12 tries on the day.

Prior to the game, cap­tain-coach An­thony Black­wood asked for a “pro­fes­sional dis­play”, and the boys de­liv­ered in spades.

Although he ad­mit­ted the team still had “one or two things” to work on ahead of fi­nals, Black­wood was con­fi­dent Whit­sun­day could take it up to Sun­day’s semi-fi­nal op­po­nent in Souths.

Black­wood also thanked Norths for field­ing a side in the fi­nal round de­spite en­dur­ing a dif­fi­cult sea­son.

Ear­lier in the day, the sec­ond­placed un­der-18s took the points in com­mand­ing fashion against Norths (seventh) 50-10.

The Brah­mans fielded one of their strong­est teams of the year, bol­stered by the re­turn of big for­wards Harry Wecker and Kumya Gabey.

Whit­sun­day started in a pos­i­tive man­ner, boast­ing a high com­ple­tion rate while run­ning into a strong breeze.

The Brah­mans went into the break lead­ing 20-10, be­fore the flood­gates opened in the sec­ond forty min­utes.

Whit­sun­day scored tries at will, prov­ing a class above its op­po­nents in the fi­nal round of the home-an­d­away sea­son.

Co-coach Cal­lum Wilkin­son tipped his hat to the boys’ ef­forts, par­tic­u­larly in the sec­ond half when Norths was kept score­less.

Darcy Camm and Kieran An­der­son led the way for the un­der-18s, who will now play Broth­ers at Mackay Sta­dium at 3.30pm on Satur­day as a cur­tain raiser for the Mackay Cut­ters’ match.

Turn to page 49 for a pre­view of Sun­day’s block­buster semi-fi­nal against Souths.

FI­NALS BOUND: Whit­sun­day Brah­mans cap­tain-coach An­thony Black­wood was pleased with the team's ef­fort on Satur­day against Norths and is con­fi­dent of tak­ing it to Souths dur­ing Sun­day's semi-fi­nal in Mackay.

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