Brah­mans off and run­ning in 2015

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RUGBY LEAGUE

IT wasn’t pretty but the Brah­mans cel­e­brated Sam Faust’s life and warmed-up for the 2015 sea­son with a scrappy 22-4 win against Centrals Townsville on Satur­day night.

Whit­sun­day made the early run­ning against the vis­i­tors at Les Stagg Oval, tak­ing an 18-0 lead into half­time to set-up a typ­i­cally scratchy pre-sea­son victory.

Sam Key, Ivan Petelo, Jhy Cock­burn and Michael New­man each scored tries in the win, while Shaun Bowen was the only player to cross for Centrals.

Although the Brah­mans came away from their first game of the year with the choco­lates, coach An­thony Black­wood said there was plenty of work to be done be­fore round 1.

“For prob­a­bly 35 min­utes of that game we were re­ally good de­fen­sively but that one try was a soft one,” he said.

“We’ve set the bench­mark very high this year but that’s not good enough. As a team we know we can’t do that.”

Black­wood said Centrals’ slow start, dur­ing which time the Brah­mans piled on three tries, was sim­ply as a re­sult of the drive from Townsville.

Af­ter the vis­i­tors found their groove it was any­thing but one-way traf­fic.

Ear­lier in the day a com­bined un­der-18s and re­serves game saw Whit­sun­day vic­to­ri­ous 42-20.

The night as a whole was a suc­cess, with a strong crowd pack­ing Proser­pine to pay trib­ute to Sam Faust – a past player of both clubs.

Black­wood praised the Brah­mans’ sup­port­ers and vol­un­teers for pro­duc­ing an elec­tric at­mos­phere on Satur­day and both clubs are con­fi­dent of mak­ing the Sam Faust Me­mo­rial an an­nual tra­di­tion.

Next week Whit­sun­day will be in ac­tion again, tak­ing on Souths Sharks in an­other pre-sea­son en­counter.

All three grades will get their chance

FO­CUSSED: David Kay mus­cles up ahead of a tackle.

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