Raiders fin­ish sea­son in fifth spot

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

THE Port Dou­glas Raiders rugby union side played their last game of the sea­son against James Cook Uni­ver­sity on the week­end.

The lo­cal boys went down 38-7 and will fin­ish the year in fifth place on the lad­der.

Coach Shane Branch said the Raiders “played well in patches” but the game went against them.

“We were a cou­ple of play­ers short, we had a cou­ple out with in­juries, so all in all it was a rea­son­able ef­fort,” he said.

“I would sug­gest that the score­line makes our op­po­nents look a lot bet­ter than they were (on the day).

“Be­cause it was the last game as well we gave ev­ery­one a run, ev­ery­one had time on the field.”

The lone Raiders’ try was scored by Sam Forsyth and con­verted by Todd Funch.

Man of the Match went to rookie player Ben Wil­liams.

“It’s his first sea­son and he played the best game he had this year and was all over place,” Branch said.

“He promised he would front up and play on field like he did at train­ing, and he did that.”

Branch said the rugby club had treated 2010 as re­build­ing year as ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers de­parted and new play­ers joined up.

“We had a very young side, the team was all new to each other as well and we had a lot of guys who were new to the game full­stop,” he said.

“In re­al­ity the sea­son could’ve been bet­ter but hav­ing said that, I’m not dis­ap­pointed given the num­ber of peo­ple who were off in­jured from time to time. “That just leads to the sea­son we had. “There were some missed op­por­tu­ni­ties a few times, we gave up a game here and there by play­ing 80 min­utes in­stead of 60 min­utes.”

The club will now turn its at­ten­tion to the ju­nior com­pe­ti­tion and over-35s com­pe­ti­tion.

Photo by DAR­RYL KIRK

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