Raiders shine

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

THE Un­der-10 Reef Raiders played bril­liant team rugby at their home-ground in Port Dou­glas and the lush grass was ideal for div­ing in and grab­bing the ball and show­ing TAS what a united out­fit these boys were on Fri­day Night.

In his first ever game of rugby, Nick Sco­maz­zon, ran the ball, tack­led and scored a try.

Caleb Ross and Jared Tesch were on fire fight­ing for pos­ses­sion and run­ning the ball.

All of the boys love play­ing union and you can see that in how they scram­ble for the ball, tackle and run the ball up.

Tries were also scored by Ze­clen Gro­gan Ryan and Billy Kad­well. The fi­nal score was 15 to 5.

The Un­der 12 Raiders con­tin­ued their good form on Fri­day evening, thump­ing TAS 67 to nil in their first home game of the sea­son.

The hard work put in at train­ing for the past five weeks by the team is a credit to them and by stick­ing to the game plan, they are play­ing very strong rugby.

Tully Cartwright scored three tries in the first 10 min­utes off the back of some great ruck-work from the rest of the for­wards which set the tone for the rest of the game.

Jack O and Kalani went hard in the rucks, pick­ing and driv­ing well and Cal­lum, Ayiesha and An­gus were find­ing lots of gaps out wide for the backs.

Dean and Luke were nearly un­stop­pable and the whole team gained plenty of con­fi­dence from the win with all play­ers get­ting plenty of game time.

In the Un­der 14s the boys man­aged to gather up 15 play­ers to make a team this week.

Af­ter the first 10 min­utes you could see the boys had never trained to­gether and had their line crossed twice in this time.

Then sud­denly they showed their true colours by knuck­ling down and showed great de­ter­mi­na­tion with fan­tas­tic de­fence.

They held the op­po­si­tion out for as long as pos­si­ble un­til just be­fore half-time saw their line crossed again.

The half-time chat seemed to add more in­spi­ra­tion as the for­wards tight­ened up and pro­duced some fan­tas­tic counter ruck­ing which seemed to throw TAS’s game plan out.

Af­ter win­ning more of the ball, the for­wards were able to give the backs more of an op­por­tu­nity to play their nat­u­ral run­ning game with two quick tries which star­tled TAS’s de­fence.

At the end, due to the lack of re­serves the team was beaten by a fresher, stronger and bet­ter team on the night.

There is no rea­son why this team can’t beat TAS, it just needs a few more play­ers, a lit­tle more train­ing and the same sort of courage that was shown last Fri­day night.

Hav­ing a go: the Un­der 12 Reef Raiders

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