Un­der-18s shine in Mo­ran­bah

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

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.

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