Reserves peaking when it matters
RUGBY LEAGUE: It was a season-best performance of Whitsunday's reserves last Saturday in their bid to finish third.
The Brahmans took on an A-grade quality Moranbah, which included former Melbourne Storm premiership player Jaiman Lowe, at Les Stagg Oval in what was a must-win game for both teams.
Whitsunday, too, had its strongest side for the year, with returning A-grade players forcing others back to the reserves.
The quality was undeniable from the outset, with a physical match ensuring as both teams looked to attack midfield.
Moranbah was first to post points, largely thanks to ill-discipline from the Brahmans. But they would bounce back through Harry Wecker to gain a 6-4 halftime lead.
The Miners crossed first in the second half but it was Whitsunday's forwards who stood tall, laying the platform for the backs to weave their magic.
That's just what man-of-the-match Rhys Little did, conjuring a wonderful second half hat-trick to give his side the ascendancy.
Harry Wecker and Kieran Anderson were also good in the 28-14 win, which should see the Brahmans finish third on the ladder.
Earlier in the day, the under-18s produced one of their best performances of the year, romping to a comfortable 42-10 win over Moranbah.
Regular back rower Blake Faull stepped into the number seven jersey with no problems, dominating a stop-start first half which saw the Brahmans lead 20-4 at the break.
Overall, coach Matt Court was thrilled with the performance, suggesting the team was starting to gel nicely in the lead-up to finals.
All games at Les Stagg Oval:
Under-18s v Wests 2.30pm.
Masters v Wests 4pm.
Reserves v Wests 5pm.
A-grade v Wests 7pm.