Brahmans belt hapless Norths
THE Whitsunday Brahmans have continued their strong form in the back end of the 2010 season with a convincing 68-6 victory over Norths at Whitsunday Sports Park on Sunday.
The win keeps the Brahmans within striking distance of the two form teams in the competition, Brothers and Souths.
The Brahmans completely dominated their opposition from the opening whistle, proving to competition rivals that they are here to spoil the party.
The Brahmans have turned around a shaky 2010 campaign and while this latest result may suggest that the Brahmans are riding high, captain-coach Trent Dally says his side can not afford to get ahead of themselves.
“No doubt I'm happy with where we sit on the table,” he said.
“A top three finish was a team goal at the start of the year and we are very close to achieving that.
“But we are yet to put in a complete 80 minute performance, but when we do, well that's an exciting prospect.”
The Brahmans raced away to a 30-0 lead in their encounter with Norths, which proved to be one of their best first-half performances all year.
The home side continued to dominate in the second half and finished the match as 62-point victors.
The Connell brothers were stand-outs for the Brahmans scoring five of the 11 tries – winger Glen notched up a hat-trick and centre Dean posted a double.
Although the Brahmans demolished the winless Norths side, they will face their toughest challenge of the year this weekend when they take on the competition leaders, Brothers.
Many rugby league supporters within the Mackay District believe this may be a grand final preview, but captain-coach Dally said while that would be nice, it is simply just “all talk”.
“We are over hearing that we are a good side on paper,” he said.
“No team worth anything has won a comp because of the names they jot down on the team sheet.”
The last time these two teams met, the Brahmans came away with a 38-14 victory, their finest game of the season.
But the Brahmans know Brothers will be aiming to avenge the loss, so the Whitsunday team is bracing itself for a very physical confrontation.
“We are the only team they haven't defeated this year,” Dally said.
“From where they sit on the table they are obviously a quality side.
“It's a big test for us, but in saying that, it's the game we need.
“A win here and maybe all that paper talk might just disappear.”
This Saturday night the Brahmans get the chance to prove that they are real title contenders.
The main game kicks off at 5.30pm at Leprechaun Park in Mackay. The women's game starts at 4pm and reserve grade kicks off at 2.30pm.