Loss for young Brah­mans

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

RUGBY LEAGUE

THE YOUNG Brah­mans have en­dured a dif­fi­cult day at the of­fice to start this year’s fi­nals campaign.

Satur­day saw the un­der-18s take on the third-placed Broth­ers, boast­ing a host of Mackay Cut­ters’ rep­re­sen­ta­tives, in a highly an­tic­i­pated fi­nal.

Whit­sun­day stood up gal­lantly in the open­ing 15 min­utes, bear­ing the brunt of the fast-paced Broth­ers’ at­tack.

Af­ter many back and forth phases, a missed Whit­sun­day tackle saw the Leprechauns cross in the cor­ner.

The Brah­mans looked to re­tal­i­ate with sev­eral at­tack­ing waves on Broth­ers’ line; how­ever they weren’t able to con­vert the op­por­tu­nity into points.

Broth­ers re­sponded with a long-range ef­fort which took its toll on the Whit­sun­day boys, who ap­peared to drop their heads – let­ting in sev­eral more tries be­fore half­time.

The Brah­mans bounced back in the first 20 min­utes of the sec­ond half, but weren’t re­warded for their ef­forts with sev­eral at­tempts be­ing held up over the line.

Broth­ers once again made the visi­tors pay, lay­ing on points at will to fin­ish 54-0 win­ners.

Whit­sun­day co-coach Cal­lum Wilkin­son said “the score line doesn’t re­flect the per­for­mance of the young Brah­mans”.

Kade Breen made a mam­moth 25 tack­les to go with 19 hit-ups in a strong 70-minute out­ing.

By­ron Tay­lor also im­pressed de­spite the one-sided na­ture of the game.

Wilkin­son en­cour­aged his charg­ers ahead of this week­end’s stoush with Wests Tigers.

The un­der-18s will play on Satur­day from 1.30pm at Sta­dium Mackay.

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