Raiders pay ultimate price for complacency
THE Port Douglas Raiders paid the price for complacency in Atherton on the weekend, copping a 52-10 hiding at the hands of Brothers.
“That definitely didn’t go to plan,” assistant coach Adam Calcraft said.
“We had quite a few players missing, some of them with pretty ordinary excuses to be honest.
“We had to send some of our forwards back to fill holes, make key position changes.
“We had trouble winning the line-outs, and we were on the back foot to start with.”
Calcraft said the scoreboard flattered Brothers, but they had played smart footy.
“We matched them all day in the forwards, but their backs had a lot of ball,” he said.
“They knew we were short in the back, so they played accordingly.”
Despite missing key players, the Raiders didn’t get blown away until after half-time.
“We scored the first try after half-time, and the score then was 22-10,” Calcraft said.
“After that, they ran away with it.”
Nick Sherston and Shane Branch scored the Raiders’ only tries.
Veteran Stewie Cowe was man of the match, while Paully Ferrero picked up two points for switch-hitting in the centres and captain Kyle Lemon was awarded one point.
“Stewie worked hard all day and led from the front, while the centres were stopping traffic all day long,” Calcraft said.
Calcraft said he thought the team would learn from the match.
“Hopefully that was a wakeup call,” he said.
“I think the boys got a bit complacent after we knocked off the top side last week.
“We’re getting serious at training this week though, and we’ve got two weeks off before our next game, so we’ll be having Saturday training sessions as well.”
The Raiders were coming second before the loss.
Their next game is against Wanderers on May 7 in Port Douglas.
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