Brahmans kick-off 2011 over Sarina
THE Whitsunday Brahmans posted a 28-12 win over the Sarina Crocodiles in their round one fixture for 2011 on Saturday night.
The Brahmans headed on to a soggy Les Stagg Oval with one clear goal – to win.
Captain-coach Adam Wright said although the Brahmans didn't win convincingly, there were some positive signs for the year ahead.
After a minute of silence was held before the match for the late Lance Talbot who died in a tragic car crash last week, it was game on, although it appeared the Brahmans left their gusto in the sheds.
Their first half display was riddled with incomplete sets, handing the Crocodiles much of the first half possession.
After trailing 12-6 at the break, the Brahmans returned to the park with plenty of passion.
With a more controlled attack through the middle of the ruck, provided by the Brahmans pack up front, the Whitsunday side began to dominate their opponents.
Classy hooker Jerome Kutia directed his forwards around in style, also scoring two tries of his own.
“He is one of our main attacking options,” Wright said.
“We will just have to continue to work off him.”
This allowed the Brahmans halves Tim Miller and Dave Eggleton to play more expansive football out wide.
Wright said it was good to see his side show some determination to fight back for a gutsy win.
Earlier in the day the Brahmans reserves also got their season off to a winning start with a 26-12 victory.
Captain-coach Craig Korn said he was impressed with his side's performance with the little preparation they had in the lead up to the match.
Starring for the reserves was five-eighth Rhys Kaka who scored three tries.
The Whitsunday Brahmans will take on Norths in an away fixture this weekend, weather permitting.
Reserves kick-off at 5pm and A Grade at 7pm.