Cut­ter carves up Wests

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

RUGBY LEAGUE

THE pres­ence of a Mackay Cut­ters’ con­tracted player has boosted the Whit­sun­day Brah­mans’ re­serves to an em­phatic victory over Wests Tigers.

Whit­sun­day wheeled out an A-grade stan­dard pack fea­tur­ing Cal­lum Wilkin­son, Hugh Mid­dle­ton and Cut­ters’ Rohan Ah­ern on Satur­day at Les Stagg Oval, as the hosts chalked up an im­pres­sive 32-6 win.

Mark­ing his Brah­mans’ de­but, Ah­ern, a for­mer Syd­ney Roost­ers’ player, broke through Wests’ de­fence for the first try of the match – one of three he would score on the day.

The re­serves led 16-0 at half­time be­fore fur­ther stamp­ing their ad­van­tage in the sec­ond term.

Coach Adam Smith was pleased with the re­sult, no­tably the team’s abil­ity to con­tin­u­ously deny Wests on the goalline, but noted there is room for im­prove­ment.

Jim Coutts worked tire­lessly in the mid­dle and Sam Key was im­pres­sive in the halves but it was Ah­ern who was named player’s player for his stunning hat-trick.

Ear­lier, a new look un­der-18s ran over Wests 32-10 de­spite fin­ish­ing the match two play­ers down.

Coach Matthew Court praised the team’s de­fence, par­tic­u­larly as they were limited to 11 play­ers for much of the sec­ond half due to dis­ci­plinary rea­sons.

Cap­tain Mitch Whit­ton stood up when it mat­tered in de­fence while front men Lee McHardie and Jay­den Cor­bett also im­pressed.

This week­end the re­serves and un­der-18s will play Mo­ran­bah in Mackay.

DEPTH: A-grade coach An­thony Black­wood was part of a strong Brah­mans' re­serves out­fit who ac­counted for Wests on Satur­day.

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