Newman hat-trick guides Brahmans to fourth win
A Michael Newman hat-trick has guided the Whitsunday Brahmans to their fourth A-grade victory at the weekend.
The Brahmans were triumphant at Les Stagg Oval on Saturday night, crushing the hapless Magpies 52-10 in the Auscoal Super A-grade competition.
A back-and-forth first half saw Whitsunday gain a 24-6 advantage at the break, before finishing with a wet sail to run in five second half tries - including three in the final seven minutes.
Fullback Newman said the forwards set the tone, wearing down the Magpies before letting the backs capitalise.
"We played to the level we expected to," he said.
"We held onto the ball and our completion rate was good. I thought we really worked for each other tonight but credit to our forwards who caused them plenty of headaches."
Newman said the one-sided nature of the scoreboard didn't reflect how hard the Brahmans had to work for their tries, while also praising the individual efforts of halfback Phil Ramage (22-points) and Ivan Petelo.
This weekend the Brahmans (fourth) will host the ladder-leading Souths at Les Stagg Oval from 7pm.
Newman said the team would focus on defensive structure through the week ahead of Saturday's blockbuster.
How the game unfolded
6th minute - Michael Newman opens the scoring. Phil Ramage's conversion is successful Brahmans lead 6-0
9th minute - Tuki Jackson scores for the Brahmans. Ramage adds the extras. 12-0
15th minute - Magpies cross through Tong Susuga. Dylan Bell converts. Whitsunday lead 12-6
26th minute - Newman touches down for his second. Ramage's kick is good. 18-6
38th minute - Newman completes a first half hat-trick. Ramage's record remains in tact. 24-6
51st minute - Sam Candlin crosses first after the break. Ramage converts for a 30-6 lead.
52nd minute - Candlin limps from the field with a leg injury.
54th minute - Bell scores the Magpies' second try of the night. Conversion unsuccessful. 30-10
64th minute - Josh Hardcastle extends the Brahmans' lead. Ramage adds the two-points. 36-10
73rd minute - Ramage scores a try of his own, then converts. 42-10
76th minute - Ramage adds another six-points to his haul. 48-10
78th minute - Harry Quod notches Brahmans' half-century. Ramage misses his first kick of the night. Final score 52-10