Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Walk a Mile in My Shoes, Says Coach; Brahmans Hamstrung in Their 2010 Efforts

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Walk a Mile in My Shoes, Says Coach; Brahmans Hamstrung in Their 2010 Efforts

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Byline: Alan Kennedy alan.kennedy@capnews.com.au

RUGBY UNION: Big losses by the Thrifty Brahmans during their Country Championship program does not mean rugby union is going backwards in Central Queensland claims 2009/10 coach Jack Lloyd junior.

The Brahmans were on the end of a few drubbings, but Lloyd said had he been in a position to put his best 15 players on the park for those games it would have been a different story.

It was never going to be easy for the Brahmans and, as early as the trial match against the Barbarians, it was clear not all the area's best players were wearing Brahmans colours.

"The biggest disappointment, for whatever reason, is we can't put our best team on the paddock," Lloyd said.

"If we had been able to use the best 25 players, we would have had a very strong team that would have challenged Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast."

That did not happen and so Lloyd had to make do with players who were "available" and he is adamant they did not let him down.

"I'm obviously a little disappointed not to get any results from the games, but I'm happy at the way the guys stood up," he said.

During the Country Championship five players from Blackwater, the Reserve grade champions, got a chance to play representative football.

"It will give them experience and confidence," Lloyd said.

Loss of key players through injury did not help the cause, but Lloyd does not see the program as a waste of time and resources for the area.

"The under-19s we have developed through our A-grade is a bonus," he said.

"Looking to the future it's promising."

Lloyd is aware he and his team have critics around the area ready to mock the Brahmans' effort in 2010, but he said they were not looking at the whole picture.

"We were up there with other country teams (Townsville and Cairns)," he said.

"Coupled with circumstances like in Townsville we lost on the back of a 22-1 penalty count and then had to back up against Cairns (the following day)," he added.

"I felt we could have beaten them (Cairns) by 15 points (if the game had been played on another weekend). …

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