Loss for young Brahmans
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.