Brahmans use Cronulla playbook to sink toothless Tigers
IT WASN'T quite the spectacle of the previous two matches, but if you were a Whitsunday Brahmans supporter at BB Print Stadium today you didn't care.
Whereas the Reserve Grade and Women's grand finals both went into extra time, Tye Ingebrigtsen's men made short work of Wests Tigers in a comprehensive 38-4 rout to end their A-Grade campaign on a high.
The Brahmans won their first A-Grade premiership since 2017, when they also defeated Wests in the final.
It was their third premiership in five years. The previous win came in 2015.
Ingebrigtsen spruiked the Brahmans' defence throughout their finals campaign, and it proved the difference against a toothless Tigers outfit.
"We knew we had to get out of the blocks. Wests have a really good first 25 minutes in them - the last couple of semis they've blown Souths off the park early so we knew we needed to capitalise,” Ingebrigtsen said.
The first-year coach took a leaf out of the Cronulla Sharks' 2016 premiership-winning playbook with a nifty scrum play that resulted in the first try of the match inside five minutes.
"We got a couple of opportunities early, they made a couple of mistakes, we took advantage of it and kept flowing on from there,” Ingebrigtsen said. "We didn't want to be complacent. We put a good game plan together and the boys executed.”
After his side ground out a 16-4 win through some admittedly poor football in the major semifinal a few weeks ago, Ingebrigtsen said the message at training through the week was to not be complacent.
His team responded emphatically, racing away to a 24-0 half time lead that all but killed the contest.
The proud coach thanked the support of the Brahmans faithful for getting the team over the line.
"We don't have much at Prossy. Everything they've got this club they had to work hard for and we can see that as players,” Ingebrigtsen said.
"There's four or five committee members out there every weekend fundraising, doing the hard work out there and today the boys repaid them.”
Rugby League Mackay A-Grade Grand Final
Whitsunday Brahmans 38 (B. Taylor 2, D. Wright, A. Rangihuna, C. Broomham, A. Little, K. Power tries; A. Rangihuna 3 goals) def. Wests Tigers 4 (B. Atherton try) at BB Print Stadium