Brahmans seem set for finals run
RUGBY LEAGUE: The Whitsunday Brahmans headed to a very boggy Jack O'Brian Oval to take on the Norths Devils on Saturday in a tricky away match.
Despite trailing early in the first half, they were eventually able to dominate the match and claim a solid 38-12 win that keeps their claims for a top spot finish alive.
The Metropole Hotel A-grade Brahmans took on the seventh-placed Devils, still missing several key players due to representative commitments. With 17-year-old Kai O'Donnell making his A-grade debut in the centres, the Brahmans hoped to start the game strongly.
The Devils pounced on an early error by the Brahmans to run away with the opening points in the seventh minute. But the Brahmans regained control by crossing shortly after thanks to debutant O'Donnell charging through the line.
Despite their poor completion rate, the Brahmans were able to cross again twice more to go into the break leading 14-6.
The Brahmans continued to control the game early in the second half and opened the scoring in the 48th minute.
They crossed regularly until the 60th minute when the Devils scored a try against the run of play.
Ricky Murphy sealed the game in the 66th minute with his second try of the match, along with Darcy Wright and George Prior, to take the score to 38-12.
The win sees the team stay equal first on the ladder but with the Magpies higher on points difference and only three games remaining in the regular season.
The Powered by Murphy Brahmans Reserve Grade opened proceedings on the day, taking on the 4th placed Devils.
Norths grinded the the Brahmans' stampede to a halt with a tough 26-12 win.
While the full-time score didn't represent the closeness of the match, it was the poor handling, compounded by inconsistent decisions from the referee, that let this game slip through the hands of the Brahmans.
Standout players for the Brahmans were Kieran Anderson, Ben Castley and Jaeden Corbett getting the 3, 2, 1 points respectively.
Coach Josh Korn applauded the efforts of Liam Murphy for playing his first game in reserve grade and fellow under-18s Matt Kennedy and Blake Faull for helping out the team on their weekend off.
With three fixtures remaining before the finals, coach Korn emphasised the "importance of everyone making that extra effort to get to training so we can work out the little things that prevent us from getting over the line in these tight games".
The NQ Glass & Glazing Brahmans under-18s were set to play Norths Devils on the weekend but their opponents ultimately forfeited.
This weekend the Brahmans will travel to Sarina to take on the Crocodiles in all three grades.
The under-18s kick off at 3pm, reserve grade at 4.30pm and the main game at 6.30pm.