Tough front-rower Tom Hale prepares to throw the ball in at a line-out for the Brahmans against the Presidents.
Tough front-rower Tom Hale prepares to throw the ball in at a line-out for the Brahmans against the Presidents. Sharyn O'Neill

Brahmans coach confident in team

IT is the first test for the Brahmans and new coach Frank Busby is confident his team can get a result at Emerald today.

First up the Brahmans take on Central Highlands and while the Brahmans preparation has been a little disjointed, the side should have some cohesion as 10 of the 21 players named are from his Colts club.

The coach admits he has struggled to get his squad together but the players who have put their hands up are keen and ready to represent Central Queensland.

Surprisingly one of the other clubs that has strived to get players in the Brahmans squad is Gladstone, who has six players named despite the club having a tricky fixture against Frenchville at Rugby Park last night.

“We've got about 90% of what we wanted,” Busby said.

“There are a lot of new faces but they did well against the Presidents XV.”

The Brahmans were not severely tested by the Presidents selection, winning the match 47-0 with the performance of Frenchville flyer Ash Kris earning him another game at centre.

Yesterday, when talking to The Morning Bulletin, Busby was still uncertain whether Kris's partner in the centres, Charlie Fetoai, would be available due to family commitments.

“I'm pretty hopeful he will be coming with us,” Busby said.

Kris and Fetoai make for an interesting combination with Fetoai an intimidating player who can run through opponents while Kris is recognised as a player who has pace and fancy footwork to get through a defence.

Today's game at Emerald has a 4pm kick-off.



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