Brahmans fight off Sarina to sneak into top 5
THERE seems to be no stopping the resurgent Whitsunday Brahmans, with their solid 26-8 win over Sarina on Saturday moving them into the competition's top five for the first time this season.
Travelling to Sarina to take on the Crocodiles at Ray Edwards Oval, the Brahmans were firing on all cylinders as they recorded their sixth win from their last seven games to continue their unlikely charge towards finals football.
After dropping their first five games of the season the Brahmans were rated little chance of featuring in the post-season but their miraculous mid-season turnaround has them primed for a charge at the premiership.
The Brahmans comprehensive five tries to two win over Sarina saw them cement fifth place on the ladder and a win against the struggling Walkerston Wests this weekend should be enough to book them a place in the finals in August.
The Brahmans Reserves were unable to account for Sarina on the weekend, going down 46-14 on the back of some poor defence across the eighty minutes.
The nine tries to three result put a serious dent in the Brahmans finals chances, with the team needing to win their remaining two games to have a slight chance of making the top five.
After falling to the 32-point loss, the reserves slumped to a 4-8 record for the season and allowed Sarina to distance themselves on the ladder.
With their season now on the line every game the reserves must bounce back and post a strong win against the last-placed Wests this weekend to keep their faint title hopes alive
It was better news for the Brahmans under-18s in Sarina, where they won 28-20 in a tightly-contested match.
Both teams battled hard all night in the see-sawing contest but it was the visiting Brahmans who played the better football on the night, running in six tries to post an important win.
The under-18s are still one place outside the top five and will face a season-defining clash this weekend against the second-placed Walkerston Wests.
All teams will travel to Walkerston to take on Wests on Saturday, starting with the under-18s at 12 noon, the reserves at 1pm and the A Grade at 3pm.