Season kicks off with final vengeance
RUGBY LEAGUE: It wasn’t the grand final but the Whitsunday Brahmans got their revenge on Saturday night against last year’s premiers Mackay Magpies.
In a back and forth match, the Brahmans took the lead late in the game and never looked back as they claimed a 25-18 win to kick off their 2017 Mackay and District Rugby League campaign.
The win was made even more special after a cyclone interrupted pre-season and it being player/coach Phil Ramage’s first game in charge.
“It was definitely a very good start to get them in round one and get the win obviously after last year’s grand final loss,” Ramage said.“I was asking a few boys in the club that have been around a while and they can’t remember last time we beat them on their home ground.
“It was a scrappy win. “We wanted it much more.”
The match could have gone either way as the Brahmans went into half-time locked 12-all.
The Magpies struck first early in the second half to make it 18-12 but the Brahmans never gave up as they scored two unanswered tries to lead 24-18 with 10 minutes remaining.
A late field goal sealed the win.
The Brahmans made a strong start go up 12-0 early but the premiers clawed their way back.
Ramage said new English prop Adam Curtis and fullback Bryon Taylor were his personal standouts but it was a dominant team effort.
In the day’s other games the Brahmans Reserves lost 44-0 and the Brahmans under-19s claimed a 20-8 win over the Magpies.
IN FORM: Brahmans player Byron Taylor (pictured earlier this year) scored three tries in the Sam Faust memorial match in February and is continuing his good form.