Tigers lose in maul­ing

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

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.

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