Brahmans win sees team stay in top spot
RUGBY LEAGUE: The Whitsunday Brahmans sent a warning to their title rivals on Sunday with a 28-14 win over Souths Sharks.
The A grade Brahmans took to the park missing four key players due to injury but looked comfortable throughout the match. Coach James Webb congratulated A grade debutant Matt Kennedy on a successful debut describing him as a player fans were sure to see more of in the coming years. Prop Kade Breen took out Players Player honours in a standout game up front.
The Brahmans took an 18-10 lead into half-time courtesy of a dominant start and tries to prop Breen, former QLD Cup and Italian International Sam Gardel and winger Jhun Cortez.
Webb called for his players to maintain their intensity and continue their dominance into the second half and it took only eight minutes for the Brahmans to cross through lock Ivan Petelo while under-18's player Kai O'Donnell crossed for the Brahmans final try. This weekend the Brahmans take on the Magpies at home for the Minor Premiership in a top of the table clash and the privilege of a week off in the first week of finals.
The Powered by Murphy Reserve Grade suffered a big loss against a strong Souths side on Sunday going down 40-10.
The Brahmans were starved of possession in the opening half resulting in a tired defensive line and a 22-0 half-time deficit.
Although they came out strong in the second half, tries to Adam Bugeja and Matt Lade weren't enough.
Hard running and strong defence saw prop Doug Davy claim Man of the Match honours while hooker Zach Read and winger Chris Pennaertz also had standout matches.
Coach Adam Smith said "there were patches where we were good but we need to work on our 80 minute performance".
This weekend turns into a must win against second place Magpies to secure a top three spot for the finals.
The 5th placed NQ Glass & Glazing Under-18 Brahmans took on the 4th placed Sharks but a poor start proved too big to overcome as they lost 30-10.
Missing key players, the Brahmans lacked intensity throughout the match and some poor defensive reads had them 22-0 down 15 minutes into the game. They managed to stop the rot with a strong try by Blake Faull taking the score to 22-6 at half-time.
Great games were had by Mitch Whitton, Brodie Elson and Wilson Norman.