Brah­mans, Wests can’t be sep­a­rated

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

They say a drawn game is like danc­ing with your sis­ter. If that’s the case, the Brah­mans must feel like they’re stuck at a fam­ily re­u­nion this sea­son.

Whit­sun­day drew with Wests Tigers 18-18 on Sun­day in Mackay to con­tinue what has been a frus­trat­ing sea­son.

As­ton­ish­ingly, the club has played nine games this year for three draws.

“You wouldn’t read about it,” Brah­mans half­back Phil Ramage said.

“I think I’ve had three draws in my life and I’ve had three this sea­son.”

The Brah­mans led 16-12 at half-time but Ramage said it should’ve been more, not­ing the team didn’t take ad­van­tage of its weight of pos­ses­sion.

“I think we should’ve went into half-time with a big­ger lead. I felt we dom­i­nated the first half a lot more than they did,” he said.

“In the end though, I think we were lucky to get a point.

“They got the ball over the line with a minute and a half to go, which would’ve sealed the game.”

Whit­sun­day then had the chance to steal the game, tak­ing the ball down­field and en­abling Ramage a 38m field goal at­tempt.

It wasn’t to be, leav­ing the Brah­mans with yet an­other draw. Ramage paid credit to Wests’ abil­ity to grind out the game, not with ex­u­ber­ance but sheer hard work.

“For the last two years I’ve been here they’ve proved that they’ve got a team full of work­ers who plod away... they’re al­ways there or there­abouts.

“They’ve got no mas­sive flair; they’re just a good team that works to­gether.”

Prop Ivan Petelo con­tin­ued his im­pres­sive sea­son to claim man of the match honours, while cap­tain Dane Var­dane- ga was work­man­like.

“I don’t know how he’s not in the NQ team be­cause he’s the best prop in the com­pe­ti­tion,” Ramage said of Petelo.

“Dane Var­danega made 1000 tack­les, had plenty of hi­tups and just worked hard for 80 min­utes.”

ON THE RUN: Sam Cock­burn makes a move against Wests Tigers on Sun­day in Mackay.

Jeni Dair

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