Brahmans annihilate Tigers
WHITSUNDAY demolished Wests Tigers in a lopsided Mackay District Rugby League A-grade grand final on Sunday.
The Brahmans sealed their third top-flight premiership in five years with a 38-4 win at BB Print Stadium.
Whitsunday strangled Wests, keeping them scoreless until the dying minutes of the game.
The Brahmans came out charging, hitting the scoreboard within the opening five minutes.
Whitsunday had one hand on the trophy by halftime.
Byron Taylor set off a rampage of Brahmans tries as the score raced to 24-0 at the main break.
Whitsunday coach Tye Ingebrigtsen said he wasn't surprised by his team's early surge, saying they needed to put pressure on the Tigers from the first kick-off.
"We knew we had to get out of the blocks. Wests have a really good opening 25 minutes in them - the last couple of semis they've blown Souths out of the park early, so we knew we needed to capitalise," Ingebrigtsen said.
After developing the Brahmans to be the competition's best defensive side, Ingebrigtsen knew where the Whitsunday's strength lay.
"Our defence was really good today, they got through a couple times on the line, but our scramble was really good. The boys held their composure," Ingebrigtsen said.
The first-year Brahmans coach was all smiles, when he thanked the club's faithful for backing them to a premiership win.
'We don't have much at Prossie. Everything they've got, this club, they had to work hard for and we can see that as players," Ingebrigtsen said.
"There's four or five committee members out there every weekend fundraising - this premiership is for them."
Whitsunday Brahmans 38 (B. Taylor 2, D. Wright, A. Rangihuna, C. Broomham, A. Little, K. Power tries; A. Rangihuna 3 goals) def. Wests Tigers 4 (B. Atherton try) at BB Print Stadium