Norths’ 28-minute match

Brah­mans smash Dev­ils in first-half blitz

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT - Peter Car­ruthers Peter.Car­ruthers@ news­re­gional­me­dia.com.au

RUGBY LEAGUE: The Norths Dev­ils could only man­age 28 min­utes against the Brah­mans in Mackay be­fore rais­ing the white flag.

Start­ing the A Grade clash with only 11 play­ers, Norths were al­ways go­ing to strug­gle against a team surg­ing to­ward a premier­ship berth.

Team man­ager of the Brah­mans, Bryce Fraser, said be­fore the end of the sec­ond half man­age­ment called the game off and the play­ers left the field.

“I have seen it hap­pen once be­fore and I am pretty sure it was against Norths as well,” he said. “They just didn’t have enough play­ers.”

Though not chal­lenged at Satur­day night Fraser said the team did take some pos­i­tives from the game.

Some young Un­der-19s play­ers got an A Grade run in­clud­ing Brody El­son, who made his de­but.

“He had a good 15 min­utes on the field be­fore they called the game off,” he said.

“He cer­tainly han­dled the step up and didn’t shrug the step up to the big­ger boys and the much quicker game.”

Matt Kennedy and Blake Fall also stepped up from the U19s.

The Re­serve Grade Brah­mans also came away with a con­vinc­ing vic­tory over the Norths Dev­ils.

At half-time the score was 26-4 and by full-time the score­board read 40-10.

“Norths Re­serve Grade are not a team to write off. They have had some big wins in the last few weeks against some good teams,” Fraser said.

The Brah­mans, cur­rently sit­ting third on the Mackay lad­der, have a big game next week against sec­ond placed side Wests. Last time the two teams met Wests came away with the win at their home ground.

Fraser said the A Grade side will have that de­feat in their minds when they run out at Les Stagg next Satur­day night.

“We don't want to lose to them twice in a sea­son. They are com­ing to our home turf and we want to show them (our best game) and make amends for the loss.

“It will be the strong­est side we have had all year. Next week all three grades will be at full strength,” Fraser said.

PHOTO: JENI DAIR

WHAT A START: Whit­sun­day Brah­man Brody El­son makes his de­but in the A-grade match against Norths on Satur­day.

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