Brah­mans con­tinue their win­ning streak

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT - By Peter Car­ruthers

RUGBY LEAGUE: In the first game of the MDRL com­pe­ti­tion, the Whit­sun­day Brah­mans picked up where they left off in 2015 – as win­ners.

But it was no cake walk for the A-grade side.

An er­ror-rid­dled first half saw the Brah­mans trail­ing the Lep­rechauns 4-10 go­ing into the half-time break.

Coach James Webb at half­time urged his troops to play with more con­trol and in­crease their com­ple­tion rate.

This ad­vice paid div­i­dends dur­ing the sec­ond half.

The Brah­mans dom­i­nated the open­ing 20 min­utes of the sec­ond half, scor­ing three unan­swered tries.

The Lep­rechauns hit back with two of their own tries late in the half, bring­ing the mar­gin to two points with 10 min­utes to play.

Jack Briscoe crossed the line with only three min­utes re­main­ing to seal a Brah­man vic­tory – the fi­nal score be­ing 28-20.

New re­cruit sec­ond rower Tim Ben­nett was a stand­out for the Brah­mans, with a brace of tries to his name.

His fel­low back rower Harry Wecker also cel­e­brated his re­turn to the top grade with a solid per­for­mance.

The team now looks for­ward to play­ing Souths at Mackay Sta­dium as the cur­tain raiser to the Cut­ters and Norths In­trust Su­per Cup clash.

In other games, Mag­pies im­pressed against Souths with a rea­son­ably com­fort­able win, the Mo­ran­bah Min­ers de­feated Sa­rina Croc­o­diles, and Wests beat Norths Devils in a cracker of a match.

HAM­MERED: Try scorer Isaac Richard­son gets mauled by the Lep­rechauns’ de­fence.

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