CQ Brahmans rule after winning against Central Highlands
THE Central Queensland Brahmans' impressive 35-19 win over Central Highlands wrapped up a solid Graincorp Queensland Country Championship, and earned them the regional top honours for another year on the trot.
On Saturday the Brahmans headed to Capella to play a gutsy Central Highlands outfit.
Central Highlands dominated territory as a result, with the forwards gaining the upper hand over the Brahmans at various stages throughout the match, coach Steve Anderson said.
"However, our forwards eventually came over the top of them, and we performed much better in the set piece," Anderson said.
In the three matches that made up the series, the Brahmans compiled 110 points, and had only 30 scored against them, which proved their defence was one of their strongest elements, the coach said.
"Our defence was tested again in this match, but the guys put together a very good performance considering the lack of territory, and only 40% of possession."
Despite these factors, the Brahmans led throughout the match, escaping to a 20-5 lead at halftime, and immediately scoring after the break before Central Highlands made a short-lived comeback.
Flanker Lachlan Campbell returned from several weeks out with a back injury, and was welcomed back into the Brahmans' fold with his aggressive and "cut above" performance across the paddock.
Fullback David West and flyhalf Lee Anderson impressed in the backs, while lock Eamon Chapman was a standout in the forwards.
A divisional Central Queensland team will be selected from the Wide Bay, Central Highlands, Western Queensland and CQ Brahmans teams to play two games, against South Queensland at the Sunshine Coast on June 22, and against North Queensland on July 6, at Rockhampton.
"We won the regional competition, and beat all those areas, so I would be disappointed if we didn't get a strong Brahmans contingent in that side," Anderson said.
Anderson will be helping CQ coach James Nasser with selections for the side, as well as organising a CQ Under-19s representative side to play two games later this season as well.
CQ Brahmans 35 (Tries Eamon Chapman, Mick Chaplain, Brodie Dreger, David West; Conversions Lee Anderson 3; Penalty goals Anderson 3) def Central Highlands 19 (three tries, two conversions, names N/A).