Sam Cockburn makes a move against Wests Tigers on Sunday in Mackay
Sam Cockburn makes a move against Wests Tigers on Sunday in Mackay Jeni Dair

All square once again

RUGBY LEAGUE: They say a drawn game is like dancing with your sister. If that's the case, the Brahmans must feel like they're stuck at a family reunion this season.

Whitsunday drew with Wests Tigers 18-18 on Sunday in Mackay to continue what has been a frustrating season.

Astonishingly, the club has played nine games this year for three draws.

"You wouldn't read about it," Brahmans halfback Phil Ramage said.

"I think I've had three draws in my life and I've had three this season."

The Brahmans led 16-12 at half-time but Ramage said it should've been more, noting the team didn't take advantage of its weight of possession.

"I think we should've went into half-time with a bigger lead. I felt we dominated the first half a lot more than they did," he said.

"In the end though, I think we were lucky to get a point.

"They got the ball over the line with a minute and a half to go, which would've sealed the game."

Whitsunday then had the chance to steal the game, taking the ball downfield and enabling Ramage a 38m field goal attempt.

It wasn't to be, leaving the Brahmans with yet another draw. Ramage paid credit to Wests' ability to grind out the game, not with exuberance but sheer hard work.

"For the last two years I've been here they've proved that they've got a team full of workers who plod away... they're always there or there abouts.

"They've got no massive flair; they're just a good team that works together."

Prop Ivan Petelo continued his impressive season to claim man of the match honours, while captain Dane Vardanega was workmanlike.

"I don't know how he's not in the NQ team because he's the best prop in the competition," Ramage said of Petelo.

"Dane Vardanega made 1000 tackles, had plenty of hit-ups and just worked hard for 80 minutes."

SCOREBOARD

Brahmans 18 (Tries: D. Kay 2, J. Cortez. Conversions: P. Ramage 3/4) drew Wests 18


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