Prac­tice game test for bud­ding Brah­mans

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

RUGBY LEAGUE

IT WAS as tough a test Mackay and Dis­trict Rugby League can present but the Brah­mans came away from the week­end’s pre-sea­son loss to Souths Sharks full of op­ti­mism.

Whit­sun­day trav­elled to Mackay on Satur­day for their fi­nal prac­tice game of the year ahead of next week’s sea­son opener.

The Brah­mans rested 17 Agrade play­ers in the mixed Agrade/re­serve game, en­abling coach An­thony Black­wood to test his squad’s depth and trial po­si­tional ex­per­i­ments.

Although the score­board re­flected a 52-6 loss, coach Black­wood was pleased with the ef­fort the young men pro­duced against a for­mi­da­ble op­po­nent.

He con­ceded there was plenty of work to be done in the com­ing two weeks, but lauded the play of English re­cruit Alex Clare and Kieran An­der­son in the halves.

The club now has three train­ing ses­sions be­fore their first game of the sea­son against last year’s grand fi­nal­ists in Wests Tigers. In other news, the un­der-18s also had a chance to test them­selves against wor­thy op­po­nents.

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