Under-18s shine in Moranbah
RUGBY LEAGUE: The Whitsunday Brahmans’ under-18s have moved to fourth on the Mackay and District Rugby League M Group ladder following an emphatic victory over Moranbah at the weekend.
After two weeks off the Brahmans returned to the field to post a dominant 34-8 win against the Bulldogs in Moranbah on Saturday.
The young bulls were on the wrong side of the penalty count but that didn’t phase them, denying nine sets on their own line in the second half in what was a brutal defensive display from the visitors.
Co-coach Matt Court praised the team’s attitude and Whitsunday’s commitment to the cause, which saw them keep Moranbah scoreless in the second half.
Court recognised that a change in discipline in training is starting to have a flowon effect into games and is hoping the boys can maintain their momentum ahead of a tough three week period which includes assignments against Wests, Brothers and Souths.
In other results from the trip, the depleted reserves suffered a demoralising 56-8 loss.
It was just the team’s second defeat of the year, as the club felt the brunt of injuries and the taxing road-trip to Moranbah.
Six under-18 players were called on by coach Adam Smith, who praised their efforts against bigger bodies.
Whitsunday started the game strongly but it was a night where nothing went to plan for the reserves, as the ball barracked for the Bulldogs with a series of unfortunate bounces.
The Brahmans went into halftime trailing 24-4 but Doug Davy, Brenton Mansfield and Adam Bush put the team on the front foot after the break.
Davy was one of the team’s best on the night while Matt Lade stepped-up admirably in defence and rising star Jaeden Corbett impressed.