Jono Bradbury played for Queensland Country on Saturday but work commitments might prevent him lining up for the Brahmans this weekend.
Jono Bradbury played for Queensland Country on Saturday but work commitments might prevent him lining up for the Brahmans this weekend.

Brahmans smarting after loss

CENTRAL Queensland Rugby Union committee member Keith Taylor is still smarting after the Thrifty Brahmans loss to Central Highlands recently and is committed to ensuring the best players play for the area’s top team.

With club games played the night before the Brahmans match at Emerald and a number of key players opting out of travelling, the Brahmans suffered a surprise defeat against the lesser-ranked Central Highlands XV.

“Losing to Central Highlands was very embarrassing,” he admitted.

The CQRU has made the decision to get right behind their representative team and adopt a different selection policy.

“After every match (Country championship) we will pick the rep team, like they do for State of Origin,” he said.

“I think we have to fine tune how we run it (Brahmans).”

This policy gives players an opportunity to show good form in their club team and force their way into the Brahmans.

“There will always be a core of about 14-15 guys,” Taylor said.

Also the draw has been changed so players no longer back up for the Brahmans but instead back up for their club side if playing two games of a weekend.

“As a committee we want to support Frank (Busby – Brahmans coach),” Taylor added.

Taylor is realistic about getting all the players considered of Brahmans standard on the park this weekend for the match against Townsville at Rugby Park.

“I appreciate there are some who won’t want to play,” he said.

However, the Townsville match has become a “must-win” game for the team.

“If we don’t win this Saturday then I think it is all over,” he said.

The Brahmans match with Townsville is on Saturday at Rugby Park, kick-off 6pm.

 

BRAHMANS SQUAD

The Brahmans have named 36 players to train ahead of Saturday’s Queensland Country championship match against Townsville at Rugby Park:

Lance Robb, Tom Hale, Scott McPherson, Phil Benson, Liam Nicholl, Peter McLaughlin, Charlie Fetoai, Mitchell Smith, Brenton Hoffman, Alistar Hirst, Stuart Bergin, Nathan McCormack. Colts: Jamie Williams, Ash Lynch, Jono Bradbury, Duncan Campbell, Daniel Hooper, Leveni Bolagace, Julian Luke, Daniel Huff. University: Jason Solis, Brad Holland, Jessie Taylor. Brothers: Jeff Milburn, Ryan Cook, Aubre Harmse. Gladstone: Chay Anderson. Mount Morgan: Rob Chelepy, Ash Kris. Frenchville: Stuart Whyte, Martin Tompson. Blackwater: Aaron Longbottom, Mitch McDouall, Mick Chapten, Cameron Doherty, Jordan Hilse. Dawson Valley. Coach Frank Busby, Manager Ross Webley.



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