Hard loss for our Brah­mans

Souths Sharks take the win in a ‘phys­i­cal game’

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT - Inge Hansen inge.hansen@whit­sun­day­times.com.au

RUGBY LEAGUE: It was an­other hard loss for the Whit­sun­day Brah­mans when they played Souths Sharks on Satur­day night.

Played at a packed Les Stagg Oval, the A grade side left the field with a 36–12 score­line but that didn’t mean they didn’t put up a fight.

Miss­ing seven reg­u­lar starters it was al­ways go­ing to be a tough ask for the Brah­mans.

“We were a bit un­der strength ... (but) we still had a very ca­pa­ble team,” man­ager Bryce Fraser said.

At half-time, the Brah­mans were down 10–6 and were still right in it.

By the sec­ond half, a num­ber of penal­ties went to the Sharks, leav­ing the Brah­mans with min­i­mal chances to at­tack.

“We had a cou­ple of send-offs, which didn’t help us ei­ther,” Fraser said.

Lona Kaifoto played a strong game af­ter re­turn­ing from play­ing for the Mackay Cut­ters. Harry Wecker had his first game back in the A-grade and played a “fan­tas­tic game”, Fraser said. And play­ing as con­sis­tently as al­ways was Darcy Wright.

“It’s not good that we lost but we’ve got quite a few play­ers re­turn­ing next week so that should boost our strength and help us get back on the win­ning train again,” Fraser said.

The Re­serve grade side was de­feated on Satur­day with a lop­sided score of 46–4.

Against the un­beaten Sharks, the Brah­mans started well with good yardage up the mid­dle how­ever silly mis­takes hurt their cause. Down 26-4 at half-time, the sec­ond half be­gan much like the first with the Brah­mans punch­ing their big pack through the mid­dle but they sim­ply couldn’t get the break­through.

The un­der-19s suf­fered their first loss of the sea­son in a 34–14 de­feat.

Too much turnover of pos­ses­sion proved costly for the Brah­mans who were forced to de­fend for most of the game. Man of the match went to Luke Borghardt who later backed up and made his A grade de­but. Spe­cial men­tion to Taine Browne and Joel Hoff­mann who both scored af­ter back­ing up from the un­der-17's.

All three teams will play Sa­rina at Les Stagg Oval on Satur­day.

PHOTO: INGE HANSEN

KEEP­ING UP: Brah­mans player Lona Kaifoto dur­ing Satur­day night's game against Souths Sharks on Satur­day night at Les Stagg oval.

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