Re­serves have a big win on the road

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

RUGBY LEAGUE: Whit­sun­day’s re­serves notched their sev­enth win of the sea­son on Sun­day in com­fort­ably ac­count­ing for Wests Tigers.

Look­ing to make amends for their last round thump­ing by Mo­ran­bah, the Brah­mans hit the ground run­ning with a near full-strength team.

En­thu­si­asm was high and the play­ers were fur­ther boosted by the re­turn of Queens­land Cup player Darcy Wright.

Whit­sun­day lacked pos­ses­sion in the first half due to a be­low av­er­age com­ple­tion rate, but when they did have the ball the re­serves were able to string to­gether at­tack­ing pas­sages.

Half­back Timmy Miller scored a first half dou­ble while Darcy Camm also crossed to give the Brah­mans a 20-6 lead at the break.

Whit­sun­day was re­duced to 10 men early in the sec­ond half, forc­ing the re­serves to dig deep in de­fence.

Camm sealed man of the match honours when he com­pleted his hat-trick late in the half.

Prop Brett Glazebrook also had a strong out­ing.

Mean­while, the un­der-18s had their first loss in three weeks, fall­ing to Wests 18-14.

It was the team’s most phys­i­cal battle of the sea­son and the way the play­ers ac­quit­ted them­selves was out­stand­ing, ac­cord­ing to coach Matt Court.

The Brah­mans trailed 18-0 at half­time be­fore fin­ish­ing with a wet sail, pep­per­ing Wests’ line with re­peated sets and ul­ti­mately cross­ing for three tries.

In ad­di­tion, Whit­sun­day kept Wests score­less in the sec­ond half.

How­ever, it wasn’t enough to win the game and the Brah­mans had to set­tle for fourth spot on the lad­der.

The team also farewelled as­sis­tant coach Tony McNeil, who Court said had helped mould the team into the com­pet­i­tive out­fit they are to­day.

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