Un­der-18s claw Tigers to keep fi­nals hopes alive

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

RUGBY LEAGUE

THE premier­ship as­pi­ra­tions of the un­der-18 Brah­mans are alive fol­low­ing a test­ing 17-10 vic­tory over Wests Tigers at the week­end.

Whit­sun­day proved too strong in the elim­i­na­tion fi­nal on Sun­day, in what was a much more dis­ci­plined per­for­mance fol­low­ing last week’s thrash­ing.

A close match en­sued in the first half, with Wests first to post points.

It wasn’t un­til the dy­ing stages of the open­ing 40 min­utes when the Brah­mans opened their scor­ing ac­count, squar­ing the ledger at 4-4 shortly be­fore the break.

Whit­sun­day came out in the sec­ond half in­tent on keep­ing its sea­son alive; how­ever the Tigers would again eek ahead, this time through a con­verted try.

The young bulls ral­lied to score two tries in quick suc­ces­sion, gain­ing the lead for the first time in the match.

Whit­sun­day held its com­po­sure for the tense fi­nal mo­ments, be­fore seal­ing a semi-fi­nal berth with a Kieran An­der­son field-goal.

The 17-10 re­sult means the Brah­mans will now play the mi­nor pre­miers in Souths Sharks on Sun­day morn­ing at the Mackay Ju­nior Rugby League Fields.

The win­ner of this match will play Broth­ers in the grand fi­nal the fol­low­ing week.

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