Whales beach the Brahmans
MARK Cassidy coached the Wide Bay Whales to winning the Queensland Country Championships last year.
But they won't be getting their hands on the silverware this year - they might even get the dreaded wooden spoon.
The Whales crashed out of contention for winning consecutive titles after losing to Rockhampton Brahmans 45-29 in the heat and mud of Hervey Bay on Saturday.
It was their second straight loss in the three-game series after going down to Central Highlands.
Rockhampton started strongly and led 19-0 after 25 minutes leaving Wide Bay trying to play catch-up, something they couldn't do against a team Cassidy described as a "well oiled machine".
"Rocky got a jump on us and we paid the price for it," Cassidy said.
"They are a quality team and you cannot give them a 19-point lead - that's not to say that my players didn't try their hardest - they did - unfortunately it was one of those games where everything we tried didn't work."
Bundaberg veteran Bruce Dalton was among the try scorers.
Wide Bay will now tackle Western Highlands in Rockhampton in a game which Cassidy said would be far from a dead rubber with pride at stake, players determined not to finish last and to impress Central Queensland selectors in a bid to earn representative honours.