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