Tigers lose in mauling
RUGBY LEAGUE: Players of the Brahmans A-grade side woke bruised and battered on Sunday morning following what team manager, Bryce Fraser, described as an intensely physical encounter.
The second-last encounter on home soil before the semi-final round of the Mackay and District rugby league competition delivered yet another win for the Brahmans against West Tigers, but it came at a cost.
Fraser said a number of key players left the field with injuries during the 33–10 victory at Les Stagg Oval on Saturday night.
A bit of second half biffo saw one Brahmans player sin-binned, which allowed the Tigers to post a few points, but until this incident rock solid defence from the 2017 runners-up kept the Tigers scoreless.
“(Capitan) Phil (Ramage) was very happy with the defence at half-time and hoped to keep them scoreless for the whole game but we let them in for a couple of tries in the second half,” Fraser said.
Fraser said, though the Brahmans were scored against while down a player, they also put on one try on their own.
Brahmans stalwart in the front row, Ivan Petelo, took out the man of the match award for his “brutal defence” of the Brahmans’ line and piercing runs while centre Michael Newman scored another hat-trick.
Next week the Brahmans head to Moranbah to do battle with the Miners.
In other games the Reserves defeated West Tigers 22–18 and the Under-19s won 22–12.