Brahmans win convincingly
HIGHLY respected Thrifty Brahmans coach Steve Anderson could not be blamed for thinking his players were sending him a message as the Brahmans had a convincing 45-29 win at Hervey Bay while the coach remained at home.
"I'm down with a flu," he sniffled when contacted yesterday, "I shouldn't have gone to training on Friday night."
The team was in the hands of former Brahmans coach Tom Moore and back line coach Lachlan McMurtrie.
Getting a positive result on the road is always a confidence booster but Anderson said there was still plenty to work on.
"I believe they took it to us in the ruck area," he said.
McMurtrie too was not completely happy with the win.
"There was quite a lot of handling errors," he said.
The rain during the week meant the ball was greasy and this affected the quality of play.
He also picked an area of set play where the team must show improvement.
"Our line-out is still a work in progress," he said.
"Also we didn't adjust well from attack to defence."
Nevertheless a win at Wide Bay is a vast improvement for the Brahmans and one on which the team can build on for the remainder of the state competition.
Obviously scoring 45 points in a representative fixture is a tremendous result and McMurtrie said the back line had an enjoyable afternoon with most scoring tries.
On the left wing young flyer Adriaan Meiring put together another impressive display while fellow winger Mitch McDouall was back in the form he displayed during his last stint with the Brahmans, scoring two tries.
Full-back David West also got atry for Brahmans while McMurtrie was also happy with the pace and tenacity of his loose forwards Lachlan Campbell and Brett Parker.
Lock Ryan Palfrey intruded on the back line party with a couple of tries including a late intercept try that killed off the Wide Bay fight back.
"It was a 40-metre intercept," McMurtrie said, "I don't think he really wanted it at that stage of the game.
The Brahmans had been cruising to victory at 26-5 but in the second half Wide Bay narrowed the gap and made the latter stages of the match more exciting than the coaching staff wanted it to be.
"We didn't put them away as we might have hoped," he said. "They made the most of rare turn-overs to win points."
On Saturday the Thrifty Brahmans are at Rugby Park and will host Central Highlands.