Raiders finish season in fifth spot
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.
Try time: John Forsyth scores for the Raiders on Saturday