Brah­mans bring game home in the fi­nal half

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT - Ja­cob Wil­son ja­cob.wil­son@whit­sun­day­

RUGBY LEAGUE: It may have been far from a “pol­ished per­for­mance” for the Whit­sun­day Brah­mans on Satur­day night, but it was enough to bring home a com­fort­able win.

The Mackay Broth­ers were de­feated 36-14 at Les Stagg Oval, with the sec­ond half bring­ing the Brah­mans the form they needed to widen the win­ning mar­gin from a half-time lead of four points.

Brah­mans man­ager Bryce Fraser said it was cru­cial for the side to iron out their tech­ni­cal er­rors to put them­selves in the best pos­si­ble po­si­tion as the sea­son premier­ship ap­proached.

“We were happy with the win but there is still a lot of im­prov­ing to be done with ball han­dling er­rors and in­de­ci­sion,” he said.

“We can cer­tainly play a lot bet­ter than we did (on Satur­day) night.

“There was im­prove­ment in the sec­ond half af­ter a poor pe­riod of play; it was good to see the last 20 min­utes where we played our best foot­ball and put pres­sure on the Broth­ers.”

Man of the match was Isaac Richard­son who put in a “solid per­for­mance” in the mid­dle and broke the op­po­si­tion line on sev­eral oc­ca­sions.

Satur­day’s clash was the last home game at Les Stagg Oval for the Brah­mans who will play an­other two away games be­fore the fi­nals.

The win puts the Brah­mans in fourth po­si­tion on the Mackay and district lad­der be­hind Souths on 21 points, Wests on 18 and the Mag­pies on 17.

At the end of round 13 the Good Guys Re­serve Grade side is also in fourth po­si­tion be­hind Souths, Mag­pie and Wests.

The Un­der-19 side is sit­ting at num­ber one with two rounds re­main­ing be­fore the semi-fi­nal.

Next week will see the Brah­mans face last year’s premiers and lad­der leader Souths, high­light­ing the need for the Brah­mans to be in their best form.

Fraser said next week would be a tough con­test for all three grades against the Souths Sharks on their home soil.

The first round of semi-fi­nals be­gins on Au­gust 20 at the Mackay Ju­nior Rugby League Ground.

The grand fi­nal will be played at Mackay Sta­dium on Septem­ber 9.

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