Brah­mans step up to a win

Home game vic­tory over Souths Sharks

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

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

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