Brahmans fall in top of the table matchup
RUGBY LEAGUE: The Metropole Hotel A-grade Brahmans took on the Magpies in a top of the table clash on Sunday but couldn't repeat their early season heroics going down 24-10.
After their Round 3 win over the Magpies, the Brahmans were hoping to consolidate their lead on top of the ladder in the wet and wild clash.
The Brahmans got off to a poor start conceding a try in the opening minute of the game after a dropped ball in their opening set. Errors continued to hamper the Brahmans attack and the Magpies took a 12-nil lead into the break.
The Brahmans were unable to stop the scoring in the second half as the Magpies shot to 18-nil. The Brahmans posted their opening points midway through the second half through centre Michael Newman but the Magpies crossed in the 75th minute to seal the game.
The ever improving hooker James Coutts crossed with minutes to go but it was too little too late.
The Brahmans will now travel to take on the Wests Tigers in Walkerston.
The Brahman Reserves enjoyed a much easier day as they ran out 66-10 winners over the Magpies.
The Powered by Murphy Reserve Grade Brahmans were given very simple instructions by coach Adam Smith - "the team that held the ball the most would win". With that in mind the Brahmans first half was their most clinical all year with a 90% completion rate in the opening half. Man of the Match Darcy Wright, making his 2016 debut for the club, started the try scoring fiesta in the 4th minute.
The tries kept coming in the first half, with Tyler Boyd getting a hat-trick. It was a great show of defence and attack in a dominant first half and they went into the break with a 42-nil lead. The second half started where the first finished with Wright crossing for his hat-trick just two minutes in. A couple of late tries to the Magpies were the only negatives as Brahmans Tyler Boyd crossed to complete a memorable five-try haul. Coach Smith was pleased with everyone playing out their role well. The win now takes the team to outright second on the table and they take on the bottom placed Wests Tigers next.
The under-18s also tasted victory with a thrilling comeback win, defeating the Magpies 26-24.
The Brahmans had a great first-half despite trailing 14-10.
The Magpies scored the opening two tries to take their lead to 14 but the Brahmans dug in.
The Brahmans got on a roll scoring three unanswered tries to take a miraculous win.
Blake Faull, Mitch Whitton and Taylor Jones all had outstanding games as did Man of the Match Brody Elson.