THE Whitsunday Brahmans suffered a 44-22 loss to the in-form Sarina Crocodiles at Ray Edwards Oval on Saturday.
In a battle for outright third spot on the A Grade ladder, the Brahmans became the fifth team to lose to the Crocodiles in as many weeks.
Captain-coach Trent Dally put the loss down to poor preparation.
“We had a poor week at training and we weren't pulling together as a team,” he said.
“We really didn't play as good as we could.”
After setting a team goal at the start of the season to finish in third spot come finals time, the injured Dally is still hopeful his side can still meet that target, despite slipping to fourth after their recent loss.
“It would be nice to finish in the top three,” he said.
“We've been there nearly all year but we've just had a bit of an attention slip recently.” The Brahmans have had what Dally has described as “a contrasting season”.
They lost only one game in the opening eight rounds, but were beaten in five of their last eight matches.
Other teams' results must now go the Brahmans way if they are to find themselves back in third place.
The loss to the Crocodiles did the Brahmans no favours, but Dally believes there were many positives to come out of the match.
“Things did start to look a bit more positive and we had a really good training session last (Tuesday) night,” he said.
The Brahmans are now preparing to take on the second-bottom placed Magpies this weekend and there is only one goal that the team has in mind for the match.
“We've just got to win this weekend,” Dally said.
“It's a game that is going to be tough but we've just got to worry about ourselves now.”
The Whitsunday Brahmans take on the Magpies at the Mackay junior rugby league grounds at 1.30pm on Sunday.
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