Brah­mans crush the Min­ers

More than 60 points in mas­sive win

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

RUGBY LEAGUE: The Whit­sun­day Brah­mans have put the rest of the Mackay and Dis­trict Rugby League com­pe­ti­tion on no­tice af­ter a lop­sided de­mo­li­tion of the Mo­ran­bah Min­ers on Satur­day night.

Dom­i­nat­ing ei­ther side of the half, the Brah­mans fin­ished 66-16 win­ners in front of a mas­sive crowd at Deni­son Park in Bowen.

Lead­ing 34-4 at half-time, the re­sult was never in doubt as the Brah­mans dom­i­nated the mid­dle with their for­ward pack and their backs cap­i­talised.

The Min­ers were never in it as poor de­fence and a solid Brah­mans at­tack kept them work­ing all night long. The Brah­mans didn’t take their foot off the pedal in the sec­ond half, some­thing that cap­tain/coach Phil Ra­m­age was proud of.

“Our for­wards just dom­i­nated them. Us backs can’t use the ball un­less our for­wards are go­ing for­ward and they were. They had a de­cent side and we just made them look sec­ond rate,” he said. “It was ba­sic footy and we did it 10 out of 10. I don’t think we could have played any bet­ter.”

Isaac Richard­son was dom­i­nant up the mid­dle and Darcy Wright snagged four tries in a strong game along­side his brother Adam.

De­spite an in­ter­rupted train­ing week, Ra­m­age said the team had bonded closely this year and it was show­ing on the field on Satur­day.

“We just have a good coun­try footy side with guys that want to play for each other and the jersey,” he said.

Played as part of the Leg­ends of League event, Ra­m­age said it was a fan­tas­tic night.

“(It was) a re­ally good crowd for the leg­ends game and ev­ery­one re­ally en­joyed them­selves. It’s good af­ter what we’ve been through (post cy­clone),” he said.

The Brah­mans now head to Broth­ers on Sun­day with Ra­m­age call­ing the team their “bo­gey” side.

“It’s al­ways been a re­ally tight game. It’s go­ing to be a tough one es­pe­cially down there on Sun­day af­ter­noon.”

The Brah­mans Re­serves got their sea­son back on track on Satur­day with a solid 22-16 win over Mo­ran­bah, af­ter lead­ing 16-4 at half-time.

PHOTO: DANE LILLINGSTONE

CAN’T CATCH HIM: Ge­orge Prior runs away with it for the Whit­sun­day Brah­mans against Mo­ran­bah Min­ers on Satur­day night.

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