Page a big impact for Brahmans

YOU can always expect Jono Bradbury to put his hand up for the Brahmans but more exciting was to see newcomer Matthew Page make a big impact.

The Brahmans played their first trial match of the season against Central Highlands at Blackwater and therefore it was fitting that Page should make an impact as he plays his rugby at the local club.

“He had a really strong game at five-eighth and supported Michael Steere and Brad Reeves (Brahman backs) very well,” coach Jack Lloyd junior said.

The match was a pipe-opener for the Brahmans but the side was expected to be too powerful for Central Highlands.

That did not turn out to be the case as the Highlanders turned up to play and met the challenge before going down narrowly 13-10.

“We got away with it,” Lloyd admitted.

The Highlanders opened strongly, scoring two tries against a disjointed Brahmans but as the match progressed the representative side began to gel and may well have added more points to its tally.

“They had a fairly good side while we chopped and changed a bit,” Lloyd said.

“I was pretty happy with the way our guys came together in the second half.”

Lloyd said the Brahmans dominated scrums and showed signs of the type of football the coach hopes they can produce in Country Championship matches.

Apart from Bradbury and Page, Riki Matheson did what was expected of him as a flanker.

The Brahmans’ two tries came from a push over while the other was scored in the corner by Capricorn Coast’s Darren Gibson.

On Saturday the Brahmans play a second trial mixing senior and young Brahmans players for a match at Rugby Park and then the following week a Presidents XV in what promises to be a full-on encounter.

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