De­fence the key for Brah­mans: Ramage

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RUGBY LEAGUE

THERE’S just one word on the minds of Brah­mans’ play­ers ahead of this week­end’s sea­son opener against Wests Tigers – de­fence.

Whit­sun­day will host last year’s grand fi­nal­ists at Les Stagg Oval on Satur­day night where they are an­tic­i­pat­ing a tough grind.

“Both teams will be rusty but hope­fully we can con­trol the de­fen­sive side of things,” cap­tain Phil Ramage said.

“Around the ruck we want to be nice and tight. A good de­fence won’t let tries or line breaks through the mid­dle. If they’re go­ing to score they’ll have to go around us.”

Ramage said the club had at­tracted a “few more re­cruits then I thought we were go­ing to get”, much to his de­light, and he has been im­pressed with the en­tire team’s at­ti­tude on the track.

“Ev­ery­one was putting in, sweat­ing a lot and a few tired boys but go­ing from a train­ing per­spec­tive it was very good,” the star half­back said.

“Hope­fully the boys can put that into the game from prac­tice.”

The Brah­mans and Ramage are an­tic­i­pat­ing a strong crowd for Satur­day’s game, against a le­git­i­mate Mackay and Dis­trict Rugby League con­tender.

“It’s the first game but it’s good to see where you’re at. They [Wests Tigers] will be there or there­abouts again so it’s a good test for us in round 1,” Ramage said.

“Hope­fully ev­ery­one can get down there for the first game of the sea­son and we can start off with a good crowd.” The A-grade game will start at 7pm.

Whit­sun­day’s re­serves will play at 5pm while the un­der-18s will get their 2015 cam­paign kick-started at 3.30pm.

WIN­NING STRIP: (Left) Whit­sun­day Brah­mans leg­end Paul Maxwell, with MC Trevor Nos­wor­thy, un­viels the teams 2015 play­ing jer­sey, mod­elled off the one his side wore when while win­ning the teams last premier­ship.

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