Poor discipline costs Raiders
THE Port Douglas Raiders were left rueing their poor discipline and quietly cursing a late-game penalty which gave Barron Trinity a 24-19 win in the CDRU on the weekend.
The Raiders scored three tries to two and dominated in general play, but made the long trip home from Cairns without the competition points.
“They kicked four or five penalty goals,” assistant coach Adam Calcraft said.
“We were on top of them in general play but they got us in the set-pieces, the scrums and line-outs.
“I’d say we had them for about 65 minutes.
“They scored one soft try just before half time, but they’re a good team and that’s what good teams do.
“They wait for you to relax, and then put the pedal down.”
Calcraft said the team had showed plenty of promise and ran out the game strongly.
“Tom Seynard was the Billy’s By the Sea man of the match. He scored one try and set up another one, both great team plays.
“Jared Dunstan on the wing was great as well.
“He also scored a try, and freakishly set up Tom when he crossed the line.”
This week’s home game against defending premiers JCU looms as a massive game for the resurgent Raiders.
“They’ll definitely be a challenge, but hopefully we can knock them off,” Calcraft said. “We’ll have to improve our set pieces, especially line-outs.
“We’ve got big Tony Weares back this week.
“It’s nice to have him back in the fold. We want to make sure we make like hard for opposition teams in Port Douglas this year, so come on down and shout for the Raiders.”
Saturday’s game will kick off at 3:30pm at the Port Douglas sports ground.