Defence the key for Brahmans: Ramage
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.