Brah­mans blitz Norths at Les Stagg

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT - Dane Lilling­stone dane.lilling­stone@ whit­sun­day­times.com.au

RUGBY LEAGUE: The Whit­sun­day Brah­mans have con­tin­ued their unbeaten start to the 2017 sea­son with a dom­i­nant vic­tory.

It was al­ways go­ing to be tough for the Norths Devils af­ter start­ing the match with 12 play­ers against the Brah­mans at Les Stagg Oval.

The Metropole Ho­tel A-grade side, in front of a vo­cal home crowd, dom­i­nated the en­tire match in its 48-10 vic­tory.

The Brah­mans for­wards surged on a tir­ing Norths de­fence to open the sec­ond half, with Isaac Richard­son cross­ing in front of the sticks to kick off the scor­ing in­side two min­utes of the sec­ond half. Tyler Boyd, who had a huge task mark­ing the Devils’ most dan­ger­ous player on the edge, crossed for his dou­ble in the 47th minute.

An er­ror from a Norths kick saw them cross for their sec­ond and last try for the match.

The Brah­mans did not waste any time get­ting on the score sheet in the first half, with Adam Cur­tis cross­ing the chalk in­side five min­utes. The home side dom­i­nated the first half, with only one er­ror on its own goal line cost­ing a try.

The Brah­mans scored at reg­u­lar in­ter­vals, go­ing into the half-time break lead­ing 26-4.

Cap­tain/coach Phil Ra­m­age was pleased with the team’s ef­forts con­sid­er­ing the ab­sence of four of their key play­ers, who will re­turn ahead of this week­end’s clash against Wests Tigers.

“It was tough on them (Norths) from the get go,” he said.

“Our for­wards just rolled through to them in the first half. We didn’t even give them a look-in. Our line de­fence was rock solid.

“We com­pleted our sets, which is hard to do against Norths be­cause they play footy like touch footy. They throw the ball around and it’s hard to de­fend.

“We got on top of that real well.”

Ra­m­age said he cred­ited their steely de­fen­sive ef­fort to their fit­ness.

“(It was) just purely our fit­ness. We haven't done any­thing de­fence wise at train­ing,” he said.

“De­fence comes down to at­ti­tude. When you start miss­ing tack­les it’s be­cause of fa­tigue. If we get our fit­ness lev­els up to A1 stan­dard our de­fence is go­ing to stay rock solid.

“They have been ex­cel­lent through the pre-sea­son.”

By­ron Tay­lor was awarded man of the match.

“He’s hard to get a hand on,” Ra­m­age said.

The Brah­mans will travel to Walk­er­ston on Satur­day to take on the Wests Tigers in all three grades.

PHOTO: PETER CAR­RUTHERS

SOLID DE­FENCE: Phil Ra­m­age and Isaac Richard­son halt the ad­vance of a Norths Devils ball car­rier at Les Stagg Oval on Satur­day night.

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