A smash­ing of Souths

Win in se­cond half surge

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT - Ja­cob Wil­son ja­cob.wil­son@whit­sun­day­times.com.au

RUGBY LEAGUE: It was in the se­cond half of the game that the cracks be­gan to emerge for Mackay Souths in their clash against the Whit­sun­day Brah­mans at the week­end.

The first 40 min­utes of the game was de­scribed as a “dif­fi­cult en­counter” by Brah­mans coach Bryce Fraser, with nei­ther side giv­ing an inch and Souths lead­ing 16-12.

How­ever, af­ter a team pep-talk from cap­tain Phil Ramage, the ta­bles turned and the scales tipped in favour of the Brah­mans.

Harry Wecker man­aged to power through South’s de­fence and played a key role to­ward the over­all out­come of 31-18 to the Brah­mans.

Fraser said Wecker showed sheer de­ter­mi­na­tion and proved to be a game changer.

“He was dom­i­nant up-front and made big shots in de­fence and pierc­ing runs and at­tack,” he said.

“He was al­most unan­i­mously voted as the best player by his own team mates and no-one had a poor game, ev­ery­one pulled their weight.”

Brah­man’s A Grade debu­tant, 17 year old Taine Browne, took to the field for the clash as a winger.

Fraser said Browne looked like he be­longed in the side.

“He is just out of high school and didn’t look out of place at all,” he said.

“He has a bright fu­ture wher­ever he de­cides to go.”

The Brah­mans are set to play a key away game against Sa­rina next week.

Vic­tory will se­cure the Brah­mans in the top three ahead of the semi-fi­nals.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

ON TOP: Whit­sun­day Brah­mans cap­tain and coach Phil Ramage with debu­tant Taine Browne at their clash against the Mackay Souths.

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