THE Thrifty Brahmans were on the wrong end of a 17-7 scoreline in their trial match against Darling Downs at Roma but coach Steve Anderson was happy with the improvement shown by his team.
"There were some outstanding contributions by all of the players," he said.
"I thought we went very well. It was 12-7 for a long period of the match.
"We finished the stronger of the two teams."
There is still plenty to work on but Anderson said the team was making progress.
He said it was a marked improvement on the display in Mackay the previous week, even though he made changes again throughout the match.
He said there was greater continuity because the intervals between changes were longer in the Darling Downs match.
"We let the combinations work out there for quite a while," he said.
The try scored by the Brahmans went to winger Ben Kelso.
"It was a well constructed try," Anderson said.
The Brahmans backs looked dangerous when they got the ball but the coach said they were only brought into the play for small parts of the game and had limited opportunities.
Lock Nic Ein put in another solid effort, as did Ryan Palfrey and Ryan Parker.
In the backs Cam and Mitch McDouall both had good games, returning the ball well.
Man of the match went to Ryan Beetson, who had spells at both flyhalf and fullback.
With Lee Anderson unable to play and Fraser Booth used only in the last 20 minutes, because he is coming back from injury, Beetson's kicking game was a valuable part of the Brahmans' armoury.
"This was a very strong effort and a major step in the right direction in preparation for our opening fixture against Wide Bay in two weeks' time," Anderson said.