Former Brahmans brothers are all set for showdown
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.