Brahmans happy with victory over Miners

THE Metropole Hotel Whitsunday Brahmans Rugby League team scored an impressive victory 42-10 over last year's runner-up the Moranbah Miners at Les Stagg Oval on Saturday night in front of a large and satisfied crowd.

It wasn't all the Brahmans way though, as the Grand Central Reserves and Brian Smith Constructions U/19s lost 38-16 and 38-34, but the Retravision U/17s notched up their maiden victory with a convincing 28-0 win.

The McDowell Panel works A grade side demolished the Moranbah Miners pack and in doing so have let other sides know to be very wary when making the trip north to Les Stagg Oval. Winger Tim Williscroft opened the scoring with his first of three tries finishing off a good backline movement.

Toby Nash then pushed his way over to score for the Brahmans and Craig Korn converted to lead 10-0.

Before half time half back Matty Temby crossed for the home side and Korn converted to go further ahead 16-0 until the Miners could manage a try and at half time the locals were up 16-4.

In the second half the Brahmans pack kept up their dominance led up front by Man of the Match big Joh Diecke.

At hooker Bobby Magee defended all night long and was rewarded with a try showing great vision and pace to score under the post.

The withdrawal of regular five eighth Jarrod Guthrie gave Korn his chance to be back in the starting side and he showed Coach Temby that he is a better player than his form so far this season has shown. His partner in the halves Matt Temby once more moved the team around the paddock setting up opportunities for centres Tyson Martin and Casey Oliver numerous times.

When the Miners did get to the fifth tackle and get boot to ball the back three of Dan Soden, Chris McEwen and Williscroft never let the home side down.

This weekend will be a major test for the Brahmans when they travel to Sarina to take on the Crocs who are also surprising teams by beating both last year's grand finalists Moranbah as well as premiers Souths in the last two rounds.

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