Brahmans hold out premiers
RUGBY LEAGUE: THE Brahmans' mid-season revival has seen them conquer Mackay Rugby League's reigning premiers - Souths Sharks.
Whitsunday held on for a thrilling 18-16 on Sunday at Shark Park to record their fourth win in five matches.
The Brahmans led 12-0 at half-time on the back of an inspired start, and dominated most of the exchange until Souths rallied late.
"With 10 minutes to go they started pushing us," Whitsunday coach James Webb said.
"I nearly wore the soles out of my shoes walking up and down the field. The boys couldn't have done any more."
The absence of stars Grant Cooke and Rohan Ahearn made the win even sweeter for the Brahmans, as a host of players stood up in the face of a quality opponent.
"To go down there missing key players while they only had one player out and to beat them at home is definitely big," Webb said.
Forward Ivan Petelo led the charge, with Webb describing his game as one of the best he had seen.
"I can't remember seeing a more dominant performance from a forward," he said.
"I couldn't pull him off the field, if I did the game completely changes, that's how good he was.
"Anyone that went near him nearly got killed."
Under-18s player Blake Faul, Darcy Wright (two tries) and Sam Key were also impressive in the two-point win.
In other news, the reserve and under-18 teams both suffered losses on Sunday.
The under-18s fell to the Sharks 24-6 while the reserves were derailed by Souths 56-20.
On Saturday the under-18s will play Magpies at 3.30pm while the reserves will kick-off at 5pm.
The A-grade Brahmans will tackle the fourth-placed Magpies at 7pm.
A-grade d Souths 18-16
Souths d Reserves 56-20
Souths d Under-18s 24-6