No match for the stampede
Brahmans too good for the Magpies
RUGBY LEAGUE: They may have been the 2016 premiers but it must feel like a long time ago for the Magpies after the Whitsunday Brahmans made it two from two against last year’s A-grade champions.
A double from centre Michael Newman proved the difference as the Brahmans finished Saturday night’s game 32–18 winners.
In front of a loyal Les Stagg Oval crowd, the Brahmans led 12–6 at half-time but were comfortable throughout the match. Two late Magpies tries made the match seem closer than it was.
Brahmans manager Bryce Fraser said it wasn’t the best first half for the side but they always felt on top.
“We managed to hold onto the ball in key areas better than they did and crossed the line a few times,” he said. “We planned to keep them scoreless and starve them with the ball and use our better fitness as an advantage over them. We wanted to make them defend a lot of sets.”
Fraser said Newman had been in great form lately in the twilight of his career. Adam Wright continued to be dominant in the halves while Byron Taylor was slippery as always in attack.
The win sees the Brahmans sit third on the Mackay District ladder behind tied leaders Wests and Souths.
“I think we’re starting to gel. We finally have our strongest side on the field. If we can keep that side on the park, we’ve only got ourselves to blame for not going all the way,” Fraser said.
The Brahmans have a bye next week before playing Norths on July 1.
The Reserves continued their mid-season resurgence with a 30–16 win while the under-19s won 32–14.
GOOD YARDS: Brahman reserve grader Kumya Gabey makes good metres up the middle against the Magpies on Saturday night in Proserpine.