Mis­takes prove costly

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

RUGBY LEAGUE: It was their big­gest test of the sea­son so far, but the Whit­sun­day Brah­mans have suf­fered their first loss, go­ing down 28-16 against Wests Tigers in Walk­er­ston.

It was a tight en­counter be­tween the two form teams in the Mackay com­pe­ti­tion, with Wests go­ing into half-time trail­ing 10-8 due to a con­tentious late try.

Un­for­tu­nately, er­rors be­gan to creep into the Brah­mans’ at­tack in the sec­ond half, al­low­ing Wests to pres­sure their line with back-to-back sets. A lop­sided penalty count also kept the Brah­mans’ backs against the wall.

The Brah­mans man­aged to re­main in the con­test trail­ing by a con­verted try up to the 75th minute be­fore the Tigers crossed to seal the match.

Sam Key had a stand­out 80 min­utes in the mid­dle, earn­ing him play­ers’ player hon­ours. Tim Ben­nett, Rainer Power and By­ron Tay­lor also caused Wests some headaches.

The Brah­mans started the game strongly, with Power – on de­but for the Brah­mans – pounc­ing on a loose kick in the goal to open the scor­ing in the third minute.

Wests quickly re­turned fire, lev­el­ling the scores in the sev­enth minute.

Brah­mans man­ager Bryce Fraser said er­rors and penal­ties let them down but they were al­ways in it.

“It was a very level game at half-time with both teams play­ing a very phys­i­cal style of foot­ball, which we knew would be the case,” he said.

“Han­dling and ex­e­cu­tion of plays need to im­prove ahead of our game in two weeks against Mo­ran­bah in Bowen.”

The Brah­mans re­serves are still search­ing for their first win of the sea­son af­ter suf­fer­ing a 46-4 loss against the Tigers.

It was an­other solid dis­play for the Brah­mans young­sters as the un­der-19s claimed a 26-20 vic­tory.

Lead­ing 22-8 at half-time, the Brah­mans let the Tigers back into the game in the sec­ond half but they held on for the win.

PHOTO: WANITA PITCHER

SOLID START: The Whit­sun­day Raiders started their sea­son with a win against the Bowen Mud­crabs on Satur­day.

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