Brahmans brush past Magpies
PLAYING in the finals this year is still a possibility for the Proserpine Brahmans after they claimed a gutsy 22-18 win against the Magpies in Mackay over the weekend.
The goal kicking of Brahmans captain/coach Adam Wright was the difference on the night with the skipper landing three of his four conversion attempts to pull the sides that both scored four tries.
"It was a must-win game for us on the weekend and the boys did a great job against the Magpies. It keeps us in touch with the top five and if we can win two of our last three games we should make the finals," Wright said.
"We were down to 12 men for a while there and had a few injuries but everyone stood up when they needed to."
Wright singled out his front rowers Nani Rahmat and Jason Back as the standout players on the day and said his side will be full of confidence when they travel to take on Sarina this weekend.
The Brahmans Reserves went down 40-22 against the Magpies on the weekend, conceding 7 tries in a poor defensive performance.
Coach Paul Maxwell said his side had dominated in the battle of the forwards but poor defence on the edge of the ruck really hurt them.
"We were outstanding in the middle of the park but made too many mistakes when defending their backs and let in some soft tries. The team didn't go into the game with the right attitude and before we knew it we were down 22-0" he said.
Maxwell's side hit back in the second half to draw close on the scoreboard but fell just short, making this weekend's trip to Sarina a do-or-die match.
Magpies were too strong for the Brahmans in the under-18s, running home comfortable 28-12 winners on Saturday.
Some slick attacking moves from the home side gave them an early lead and they crossed the line six times to the Brahmans two for a strong 16-point win.
All three grades travel to Sarina to take on the Crocs this Saturday.