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THE Brah­mans’ mid-sea­son re­vival has seen them con­quer Mackay Rugby League’s reign­ing pre­miers – Souths Sharks.

Whit­sun­day held on for a thrilling 18-16 on Sun­day at Shark Park to record their fourth win in five matches.

The Brah­mans led 12-0 at half-time on the back of an inspired start, and dom­i­nated most of the ex­change un­til Souths ral­lied late.

“With 10 min­utes to go they started push­ing us,” Whit­sun­day coach James Webb said.

“I nearly wore the soles out of my shoes walk­ing up and down the field. The boys couldn’t have done any more.”

The ab­sence of stars Grant Cooke and Rohan Ahearn made the win even sweeter for the Brah­mans, as a host of play­ers stood up in the face of a qual­ity op­po­nent.

“To go down there miss­ing key play­ers while they only had one player out and to beat them at home is def­i­nitely big,” Webb said.

For­ward Ivan Petelo led the charge, with Webb de­scrib­ing A-grade d Souths 18-16 Souths d Re­serves 56-20 Souths d Un­der-18s 24-6 his game as one of the best he had seen.

“I can’t re­mem­ber see­ing a more dom­i­nant per­for­mance from a for­ward,” he said.

“I couldn’t pull him off the field, if I did the game com­pletely changes, that’s how good he was.

“Any­one that went near him nearly got killed.”

Un­der-18s player Blake Faul, Darcy Wright (two tries) and Sam Key were also im­pres­sive in the two-point win.

In other news, the re­serve and un­der-18 teams both suf­fered losses on Sun­day.

The un­der-18s fell to the Sharks 24-6 while the re­serves were de­railed by Souths 56-20.

On Satur­day the un­der-18s will play Mag­pies at 3.30pm while the re­serves will kick­off at 5pm.

The A-grade Brah­mans will tackle the fourth-placed Mag­pies at 7pm.

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