Reserves have a big win on the road
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.