Brah­mans maul Mag­pies

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT - By Bryce Fraser

RUGBY LEAGUE: The green ma­chine, at home on Satur­day, made a meal of the much-fan­cied Mackay Mag­pies.

The Metropole Ho­tel Whit­sun­day Brah­mans had their eyes set on keep­ing in­tact their un­beaten record when they took on the Mag­pies out­fit, touted as “the ones to watch” in the 2016 Mine Wealth and Well­be­ing Agrade premier­ship sea­son.

Go­ing into the break with three unan­swered tries (18–0), the Brah­mans sec­ond half be­gan slowly with er­rors lead­ing to a poor com­ple­tion rate.

The Brah­mans’ good scram­ble de­fence was the key to keep­ing the Mag­pies score­less un­til mid­way through the sec­ond half, when they crossed for their one and only try for the game.

Coach James Webb couldn’t help but praise the ef­forts of his team’s de­fence..

The Pow­ered by Mur­phy re­serve-grade Brah­mans also took on the Mag­pies. In the open­ing 10 min­utes the Brah­mans mus­cled up in de­fence, caus­ing mis­takes in the Mag­pies’ at­tack.

The match be­came an arm wres­tle for the next 15 min­utes with nei­ther team show­ing signs of crack­ing.

The score stayed at 6–0 for most of the half un­til Man of the Match Timmy Miller com­bined with Anse­lam Tabua to score what spec­ta­tors at Les Stagg Oval de­scribed as the “the try of the year” to take the score to 10–0 close to the half-time buzzer.

The Mag­pies rel­ished their chances to score two quick tries and, with four min­utes re­main­ing, the game looked all but out of reach for the Brah­mans. In stepped half Tyler Boyd, who crossed the line for his sec­ond try of the match, leav­ing the Brah­mans trail­ing by a con­verted try with one minute re­main­ing.

The Brah­mans had to march the full 100m in less than a minute off the Mag­pies’ kick off.

The deadly com­bi­na­tion of Anse­lam Tabua and Timmy Miller broke the Mag­pies’ line early in the set.

Tabua grub­bered past the full­back, pounced on by Ge­orge Prior right on the buzzer. Timmy Miller calmly set up and kicked the suc­cess­ful goal for the Brah­mans to sal­vage a coura­geous draw in front of a ju­bi­lant home crowd.

HAM­MERED: A crush­ing tackle by Brah­mans player Phil Ra­m­age pulls the wool over a Mag­pies’ eyes.

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