Final berth booked
Brahmans edge Sarina to make decider
RUGBY LEAGUE: Sarina, the minor premiers, have been upstaged by Brahmans as Whitsunday claimed a Mackay and District Rugby League grand final berth last Sunday.
The Brahmans shocked Sarina in Mackay with an 18-16 upset to book a spot in next month’s decider.
Whitsunday earned a week off following the result, and will wait on the score of this week’s preliminary final between the Crocs and Souths to see who they will play.
Brahmans’ coach James Webb said the team was still wearing scars from what was a bruising semi-final win against the odds.
“They were massive and the referee slowed the game down which meant it was a one-out bash-athon,” he said.
“We couldn’t play at the pace we would’ve liked, which suited them (Sarina).
“The penalty count was also against us in the first half so we did well to come back.”
Whitsunday trailed Sarina 12-6 at halftime before gaining the upper-hand in the final 40 minutes, led by Rohan Ahearn, Darcy Wright, Ivan Petelo and Matt Antony.
“We didn’t need a spray (at halftime) ... we just spoke about lifting our intensity to get the game a bit faster to suit us,” Webb said.
“No one was doing anything wrong, we just had calls going against us.
“If it was any other side that was put under that pressure, they’d get beat well but we had the ability to work for each other on the line.”
Webb said the team, along with the reserves who also qualified for their grand final, will host a training run on Saturday afternoon but the em- phasis of the week’s rest was to freshen up the team before what’s expected to be a bruising grand final – no matter who the opponent is.
“It (the rest) is massive. We’ve got four or five blokes carrying injuries so the week off will be great,” he said.
“We know where we are at and everything is in play.
“We are where we need to be with our structure and everything’s there.”
DEFENCE: Sarina’s Dean Hall is tackled by Whitsundays’ David Kay and Alex Clare last Sunday in Mackay. Photo: Tony Martin