HARD RUN: Whitsunday Brahmans’ Dane Vandanegl busts through a tackle. Photo: Madolyn Peters / Daily Mercury
HARD RUN: Whitsunday Brahmans’ Dane Vandanegl busts through a tackle. Photo: Madolyn Peters / Daily Mercury

Brahmans hit back in clash

RUGBY LEAGUE: The Whitsunday Brahmans have reclaimed the Matthew Alderton Shield, defeating Wests Tigers at Tiger Park in Walkerston 16-8.

Taking a narrow 10-8 lead into half-time, the Brahmans were able to keep the Tigers scoreless in the second half with a 60th minute try to centre Tim Bennett proving to be the winner.

The Brahmans had the upper hand in the opening exchanges of the match with winger David Kay crossing in the 11th minute before errors and penalties handed Wests an 8-4 lead midway through the half. Brahmans fullback Michael Newman pulled one back to gain a half-time lead.

The win moves the Brahmans to equal first on the ladder.

The Wright brothers, Adam and Darcy, formed a lethal combination on the left edge and Man of the Match Byron Taylor was effective off the bench.

Halfback Phil Ramage said the team would be working on penalties at training but was happy with the win.

"Both teams dropped a lot... but we were just fortunate enough to get a couple of tries when we needed it," he said.

Enthusiasm is what Ramage believes got the Brahmans over the line.

"Towards the end the ball went to the ground and we were fighting to get it. It looked like Wests were a bit more lethargic than us and heads were down," he said.

This Saturday the Brahmans take on Brothers Mackay at Les Stagg Oval with the Under-18s at 3.30pm, Reserve Grade at 5pm and A-grade at 7pm.

The Reserve Grade Brahmans played a winless Wests side on Sunday and despite a slow start, ran out 26-14 winners.

Down 8-4 at the break, the Brahmans came out with a dominant first 15 minutes with tries to Zach Read, Kieran Anderson and Timmy Miller. The Tigers clawed back to make it 22-14 but a late try to Zach Read sealed the Brahmans' victory.

George Prior was awarded Man of the Match with a tireless 80-minute effort and coaches Josh Korn and Adam Smith singled out Ben Burgess and Zach Read for their efforts.

The Under-18s blew an early lead on Sunday, going down 32-20 against the Tigers.

The young Brahmans blasted out of the gates, taking a 16-0 in the opening 20 minutes. Coach Justin Follet said the team had the potential to beat anyone.


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