Gutsy win for Brahmans
THE Whitsunday Brahmans had a gutsy 26-16 win over Mackay Brothers at Les Stagg Oval on Saturday night.
In front of a strong home crowd, the Brahmans put in a gutsy performance to hold off a strong opposition who fought hard until the very end.
The Whitsunday side opened the scoring through hooker Jerome Kutia who continues to be one of the Brahmans best.
After leading 14-4 at the break, Brothers fought back and with only eight minutes to go, the home side led by only four points.
In the end it was a try to Brahmans captain-coach Adam Wright who sealed the win for his side.
Following the match Wright said it was great to return to the winners circle after suffering a heavy defeat to Moranbah the week before.
Having let Brothers back into the match though, Wright said the team's focus was now on taking control of the match in its early stages.
“It was a good win but we made it hard for ourselves,” he said.
“It could have been 20 odd nil but we let them back into the game.
“In the end we had to dig deep.”
On the night it was the Brahmans forward pack who led by example with Brent Murray and Todd Hounsell continually making in-roads into the Brothers defence.
The same could not be said for the Brahmans reserves who suffered a 58-12 loss in what was a grand final rematch.
The Brahmans reserves were out of sorts from the opening whistle, letting in three tries in the first 10 minutes.
Although the side fought their way back, a lack of interest and simple mistakes crippled the side.
Both Brahmans sides will enjoy the Easter weekend off before taking on Wests at the Whitsunday Sports Park on Sunday, May 1.