Cutter carves up Wests
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.