Brah­mans over­power Crocs

Whit­sun­day too slick for Sarina out­fit

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT - Peter Car­ruthers peter.car­ruthers@ whit­sun­day­times.com.au

RUGBY LEAGUE: A 60-6 ham­mer­ing of the Sarina Crocs on Satur­day has ce­mented the Whit­sun­day Brah­mans sec­ond place on the MDRL A-Grade lad­der af­ter Round 13.

The Brah­mans were con­fi­dent of a good re­sult against the strug­gling Crocs, how­ever the mag­ni­tude of the walkover be­came ap­par­ent at half time when the 2017 pre­mier­ship win­ners pulled out a huge 32-point buf­fer and they went on with the job in the sec­ond stanza, scor­ing 11 tries in to­tal.

Brah­mans man­ager Bryce Fraser was not sur­prised at the score­line.

“We kind of thought it was go­ing to be a it of tryfest, much like the last en­counter,” he said. “And it was.”

The home game at Les Stagg Oval of­fered a chance for re­serve play­ers Matt Kennedy (lock) and Jake Mur­ray (cen­tres) to step up and get some top-level ex­pe­ri­ence.

“The boys that took to the field got the job done,” he said.

Cen­tre Michael Newman, who scored two tries and set up many other op­por­tu­ni­ties in his sec­ond game back from in­jury, proved a clear choice as man-of-the-match and col­lected the player-nom­i­nated three points.

David Kay on the wing took two points for his line breaks and dam­ag­ing runs.

Front rower Ivan Petelo was strong in de­fence and for his tackle busts that led to scor­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties was awarded with one point.

In other games, the re­serve grade lads suf­fered a heart­break­ing 30-28 loss to the Crocs in the dy­ing sec­onds of the match.

“They just switched off in the last two min­utes and the Crocs were able to come over the top and score the win­ning try on the buzzer,” Fraser said.

The ladies side chalked up their sec­ond win of the sea­son by beat­ing Sarina 28-24.

“They had good numbers and had a re­ally im­pres­sive per­for­mance against a fairly size­able Sarina team,“Fraser said.

The hard-fought suc­cess lifts the Brah­mans to fifth place on the lad­der.

Fraser said the side will en­joy the bye this week to heal a few nig­gling in­juries be­fore re­group­ing to take on the Mag­pies at Sologinkin Oval on June 14.

PHOTO: JES­SICA LAMB

Whit­sun­day Brah­mans duo Matt Kennedy and Ja­cob Flana­gan tackle a Sarina op­po­nent in Satur­day’s re­serve grade game at Les Stagg Oval.

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