One more from the Raiders for finals
THE Port Douglas Raiders are poised for finals football heading into the last round of the CDRU competition.
The Raiders put in one of their best executed team efforts last weekend to despatch of Innisfail 38-0 and earn an all-important bonus point to kick them five points clear of fifth-placed Brothers.
With the Raiders tackling second-placed JCU Mariners this weekend and Brothers playing top-of-the-table Southside, Port Douglas is expected to secure the last finals berth.
Raiders coach Steve Mulqueen said he is confident of upsetting JCU to build momentum heading into the finals and has good reason to be upbeat as his side has beaten JCU once and drew their only other game this season.
“We can’t afford to fall asleep as there is still a chance we could miss out on the finals,” he said.
“But I believe we’ve got a good chance of beating them which would give us a mental edge if we play them again in the finals.”
Mulqueen cited the addition of five-eighth Simon Chick to the line-up in the last month as the missing ingredient for his side.
“He’s a key player in a key position and he’s directed the side around well,” he said.
“We’ve also been having trouble with our lineouts but they were much improved on the weekend and it was probably our best executed game as we achieved our game plan and kept Innisfail scoreless.”
Mulqueen said the key to a premiership for the Raiders was keeping it simple.
“We just need to play percentage football,” he said.
“If we get the field position we’ve got the backline to score the points.”