THE Whitsunday Brahmans suffered a surprise 22-16 loss against the Sarina Crocodiles on Sunday at Whitsunday Sports Park, leaving Brahmans fans shocked.
The Brahmans' performance looked out of sorts and out of touch.
Disappointed fans were left asking questions. Was the game taken too lightly or were the Brahmans focused on their big clash with Souths this weekend?
The Brahmans were hoping to continue their five-game winning streak and were on target as they jumped out to an early 10-0 lead with tries to Darcy Bowles and Dan Soden, who made his return to the top squad this week.
But poor handling, uncommitted defence and one-out running in attack crept into the Brahmans game.
With the usual go-forward from the side's middle men non-existent and a flat backline offering no options out wide, Sarina were able to easily contain the Brahmans' attacks.
Even worse, the Crocodiles scored a soft try under the post right on halftime to bring the score back to 10-6.
The Brahmans were hoping for a better start to the second half but the game only got worse.
Each error made by the home side gave the Crocodiles the confidence they needed to score some fantastic tries as they outplayed the Brahmans and posted a 22-16 victory.
Brahman's captain-coach Trent Dally regretted the loss, as a win for the Brahmans would have had them sitting equal first on the ladder.
“It was something we spoke about before the game, something we thought might provide us with a little bit more motivation,” Dally said.
“But when you turn up to a game thinking you just have to go out there to win and you come up against a team willing to do whatever it takes to win, you're always going to be in trouble.”
In the reserve grade game, the team made it five in a row with a come-from-behind romp over the Crocodiles by 54-18.
This week the Brahmans get the match they were maybe guilty of looking too far ahead for when they take on reigning premiers Souths.
In what is being talked about as the match of the year, the Brahmans can move to equal first on the table with a win away from home at Shark Park.
“This game is massive,” said Dally.
“They gave us a real touch-up the last time we played them.
“But we are a different team with a different mentality now and we owe them big time.
“We can't wait.”
The main game kicks off at 3pm. Reserve grade starts at 1.30pm.
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