Brahmans bulldoze Wide Bay
IT TAKES guts and determination to come off a 79 point hiding but on Saturday Thrifty Brahmans captain Jeff Milburn led his men by example to victory over Wide Bay at Rugby Park.
After two defeats against Townsville, the Brahmans relished the opportunity to play a team that is at a similar level to their own.
Wide Bay went into the game at the top of their division and, to their credit, played some nice football.
However, the battle-hardened Brahmans were too tough on the day and won more convincingly than the 48-42 score might suggest.
“I put the bench (players) on in the end and they scored two late tries,” Brahmans coach Frank Busby said.
After the two teams exchanged penalties the Brahmans took the lead through winger Julian Luke who touched down in the right hand corner only to limp off injured immediately.
From there the Brahmans were in control without ever managing to put the game out of reach of the visitors.
Up front the home side were tougher and stronger with Tommy Hale making good metres every time he got the ball in hand and capping off an enthusiastic display by scoring two typical forward-style tries.
He was ably assisted by the Robb brothers Lance and Manny who showed their experience as, for once, the Brahmans were able to enjoy some dominance in the forwards.
Daniel Hooper came in at fullback for the home side and showed great awareness in joining back line play, making a number of penetrating runs while winger Alistar Hirst also showed great pace down the left wing.
Charlie Fetoai was at his best in the centres, driving forward and putting opponents on the back foot to allow his forwards to set up the next phase of attack.
Aubre Harmse again shone, the Gladstone playmaker scoring 23 of his team's 48 points with two tries, five conversions and a penalty while newcomer Lachlan Webley can look back with pride at his contribution.
“I am really proud of the boys, it was good to see them put it together,” Busby said.
Busby said it is unlikely he will get the job of Brahmans coach next year, something he looks at with disappointment after battling through the 2011 program.