Raiders pay ultimate price for com­pla­cency

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT - RICHARD KOSER

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.

Photo by NEIL WEAVERS

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