For­mer Brah­mans broth­ers are all set for show­down

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT - By Luis Nar­vaez

RUGBY LEAGUE

TWO Brah­mans’ broth­ers will face-off against each other in this week­end’s In­trust Su­per Cup (ISC) opener.

Tyson Martin only sent a brief birth­day text to his younger brother Rhyse this week, but far from har­bour­ing a deep-seeded fam­ily feud, the two are set to clash in the In­trust Su­per Cup (ISC) opener on Satur­day.

Tyson’s Mackay Cut­ters take on Rhyse’s Townsville Black­hawks, the ISC’s new club for 2015.

“I’m look­ing for­ward to it,” Tyson said.

“We have never played against each other so it should be in­ter­est­ing.”

Both back­row­ers, they are set to square off reg­u­larly through­out the match.

“He plays on the left and I’m on the right,” Tyson said.

“I’m pretty sure we’ll face off a few times.”

Three years the se­nior, Tyson said he had the up­per­hand in the boys’ Proser­pine backyard but Rhyse had added “a lot of size to his frame”.

“He’s a big boy. It’ll be com­pet­i­tive,” he said.

“I haven’t re­ally tried to talk to him this week. I think that text (for Rhyse’s birth­day) was it,” the Cut­ters stal­wart laughed.

Only 25-years-old, Martin has be­come a leader at the Cut­ters, along­side back-row part­ner Chris Gesch.

The duo form a for­mi­da­ble com­bi­na­tion and will be helped in the for­wards with off-sea­son sign­ings, Martin said. “We lacked a bit of size up-front last year and we’ve re­cruited well,” he said. “The young fel­las have stepped up, too.”

The oft-in­jured Proser­pine prod­uct said he was feel­ing as good as ever head­ing into 2015.

Af­ter a poor start to 2014, the Cut­ters will have their work cut out to open this year. They play three of last year’s fi­nal­ists and new ri­vals the Black­hawks in the first four rounds.

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