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