Brahmans to build on strong finish
FOR Thrifty Brahmans coach Frank Busby the second half of the Country Championship match against Townsville provides a platform for the remainder of the season.
As a contest, the game was over as the referee blew his whistle for the half-time break as by that stage the visitors had run out to a massive 36-0 lead.
However, the Brahmans showed plenty of character during the next 40 minutes to take the game to Townsville with the final score being 48-17.
The troubles began early for the Brahmans with strong running centre Charlie Feroai ruled out and playmaker Peter McLaughlin failing to recover from a foot injury he received in the match with Central Highlands.
It would also appears Jono Bradbury’s hopes of continuing as a Queensland Country player hang by a thread as he was again unavailable for the Brahmans which, Busby said, makes his claim for selection for the remaining two games of the Country program tenuous.
Things could hardly get worse for the home team – but they did.
Hooker Tom Hale had promised to put in a big game for the Brahmans as he felt the pack had under-performed in the match at Emerald.
He was unable to fulfil the promise as early in the game he was forced from the park with a neck injury that required hospital treatment.
“Tommy will be out for the next couple of weeks,” Busby said.
Nevertheless, Busby said he was a happy man and looking forward to taking the squad to Townsville in two weeks.
“I am extremely happy, if we had played like that against Central Highlands we would have won by 20 or 30 points,” he said.
For the first 10 minutes there was little to pick between the sides but then Townsville got to work in pushing the Brahmans backwards with disciplined scrummaging and an awesome rolling maul.
“They destroyed our scrum,” Busby admitted.
In the second spell the forwards performed far better and that brought the back line into play with the Brahmans getting points on the board.
Busby said there were a number of players who stood up.
Biloela’s Chris Dawson was one who shone while captain Jeff Milburn did his best to inspire the troops.
Winning the second spell gives the Brahmans a little bit of confidence.
“The score line didn’t do us justice,” Busby insisted.
For the Brahmans Duncan Campbell, Aubre Harmse and Julian Luke scored tries.