Brahmans step up to a win
Home game victory over Souths Sharks
RUGBY LEAGUE: It was an astonishing win for the Whitsunday Brahmans who defeated Souths Sharks 26-8 in their A-Grade match on Saturday, despite missing some of their strongest players.
Key players Phil Ramage and Ivan Petelo were away with North Queensland at the Gold Coast and Grant Cook was out of action due to injury, but Brahmans manager Bryce Fraser said the team stood up to fill their spots.
“We didn’t have three of our key players so we were a little under strength but that didn’t seem to affect us,” he said.
“We didn’t have any other new players, just people in our squad stepped things up a notch to cover the three blokes.”
Despite a lopsided penalty count in the Sharks favour, Brahmans still led 16-4 at half time.
There was an incredibly impressive defensive effort, with the boys having to defend several sets on their own try line.
Adam Wright was certainly man of the match, scoring the opening try against his old club.
David Kay also had an outstanding game as fullback as well as Tim Bennett in the centres.
Meanwhile competition proved too tough for the under-18s with a narrow loss of 28-26.
Fraser said there were a few ill-disciplined penalties.
"The penalties swung the momentum in the Souths favour early on," he said.
The 18s started strongly, sticking to their game plan set out by coach Justin Follett.
They led 20-10 going into the break and coach Follett urged his men to continue their with their consistency into the second half.
However, ill discipline combined with errors caused by going away from their game plan did not do them any favours, with Souths coming back late to steal the victory 26-28. The U18s were on the wrong end of a whopping 15-4 penalty count .
Jackson Vella put in a solid game as did Man of the Match Kai O’Donnell.
But there was good news with a 'come from behind' victory for the Brahmans Reserve grade who were trailing behind 24-0 in the first half.
Momentum built in the second half and the reserves fought back, ending with an impressive 34-32 overall result.
The Brahmans will have a chance to recover some of their battered bodies, with a bye on the horizon this weekend.
ATTACK: Mitch Whitton avoids the enemy at an impressive game against Souths Sharks. Photo: Inge Hansen