Brahmans maul Magpies
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.