Gladstone and Brahman’s scrumhalf Aubre Harmse sends the Presidents XV back with a kick.
Gladstone and Brahman’s scrumhalf Aubre Harmse sends the Presidents XV back with a kick. Sharyn Oneill

Kris off on a scoring rampage

WHEN it comes to putting points on the board, Ashley Kris can have few equals.

The youngster loves to run with the football in hand and with his speed and elusive sidestep can cut through opposition defences.

On Friday night at Rugby Park, Kris lined up in the Thrifty Brahmans team and led the Presidents XV a merry dance, scoring 20 points and setting up at least one other try as the Brahmans ran away to a 47-0 victory.

The annual charity match might not have been as close as it was in the first two years it was played but for Brahmans coach Frank Busby it provided the work-out his squad required before the start of the representative program.

Despite Kris's point-scoring rampage, the player of the night went to a forward, with Scott McPherson getting the vote of the judging panel.

“They (Brahmans) went quite well, as it was only really our second training run,” Busby said.

There are still good players like Jono Bradbury and Phil Benson to come back into the squad and Busby feels the team has the potential to do well in this year's Country Championship.

While there is work to do on the Brahmans' scrum and lineout there was still plenty to admire about the team's performance, with big Charlie Fetoai taking off on some rampaging runs through the centres and fullback Mitchell Smith producing quality kicks to turn the Presidents XV around.

Busby admitted he would have to make a few decisions on his starting line-up before Saturday's match at Emerald against the Central Highlands.

Kris is bracketed with another quick young back, Denzel Mooney, while flyhalf Daniel Hooper looked up to doing the job but has the hard task of trying to displace Peter McLaughlin in that position.

In charge of the Presidents XV was Keith Taylor and despite the score he too was happy with what the fixture produced.

“The scoreline wouldn't reflect the amount of effort the Presidents team put in,” he said.

The game was all about giving players a chance to step up to the Brahmans, with Busby taking University prop Jamie Williams for a run with his team during the second half.



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