FOR the first 20 minutes of the Thrifty Brahmans Queensland Country Championship game with Central Highlands, it looked as if the home team might reach new heights.
The Brahmans went on to Rugby Park and destroyed the Central Highlanders in the opening stages, rarely allowing the visitors out of their own half.
Rewards came with a try to Fraser Booth after Ryan Palfrey had done the hard yards and this was converted by Lee Anderson to make it 7-0.
Shortly afterwards, a break from halfway left Central Highlands without any cover defence and Brett Parker showed too much pace to score, with Anderson adding the extras again.
A penalty by Anderson made it 17-0 and thoughts of a half-century of points for the Brahmans was on the cards.
Then the game slowed as the penalty count began to rise.
"The game had 38 penalties and 26 scrums - that's 60-odd stoppages," Brahmans coach Steve Anderson said.
As a spectacle the game died, with 26 of the penalties awarded going against the Brahmans.
However, to their credit, Central Highlands kept plugging away and made something out of the amount of possession they were handed.
A penalty by Liam Whitehouse gave the Central Highlands their first points as they went to the interval behind 17-3.
The opening stage of the second half was very messy but the Highlanders were not complaining, especially fullback Daniel Hooper.
After a long period of possession, the ball was popped up for Hooper who hit the line at pace, finding the gap and racing through to score. Whitehouse added the extras. With little use of the football, the Brahmans were forced to endure some anxious moments but their defence proved to be up to the task, keeping the score at 17-10.
Any thoughts of a Central Highlands fightback were ended when Brahmans winger Mitch McDouall scored an opportunist try after a toe-poke into the in-goal, which he chased and received the favourable bounce to score.
For the Brahmans, Lachlan Campbell continues to impress while Palfrey had a lively game, as did flanker Brett Parker and number eight Izak Holmes.
Anderson said he was happy with the continued improvement of a Brahmans team which has won both of its matches in this year's competition.
The Brahmans' next match is against Western Queensland in two weeks.
Thrifty Brahmans 24 (Fraser Booth, Brett Parker, Mitch McDouall tries, Lee Anderson 3 conversions and a penalty) def Central Highlands 10 (Daniel Hooper try, Liam Whitehouse conv and pen)
Wide Bay 29 def Western Queensland 17 (at Rugby Park)