Raiders pile on the points

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

THE Rat­tle ’n’ Hum Reef Raiders started the sea­son in per­fect style with a com­mand­ing win over Wan­der­ers.

With eight play­ers un­avail­able due to in­jury and work com­mit­ments it was go­ing to be a tough ask to win on the road first up.

But the Raiders weren’t fazed by the ob­sta­cles and went out there with a pos­i­tive at­ti­tude.

They put on 13 unan­swered points in the first half with tries to new skip­per Si­mon Chick and Kyle Lemon.

The score should have been even bet­ter for the Raiders but some wrong de­ci­sions and drop ball saw tries go beg­ging.

But a few stern words at the half by the coach telling them to not to rush and be pa­tient and things will fall into place.

The play­ers lis­tened to what was said and it told on the score­board with the Raiders win­ning 46-12.

Chick and Lemon both added to their tally plus new in­side cen­tre Grae Gil­bert got a dou­ble and tak­ing home a per­sonal tally of 21 points.

The Raiders didn’t stop play­ing the game in the sec­ond half with Curt Evans scor­ing on the bell.

The best play­ers for the day were Si­mon Chick with a cap­tain’s knock, young gun Ethan (Rod­ney) Hoffman who at full­back was elu­sive ev­ery time he touched the ball and the Paddy’s man of the match went to Ja­son (Bieber) Tol­ley who was solid all day at hooker.

With a great start to the sea­son and num­bers due back this week, the game in Ather­ton against South­side will be a good in­di­ca­tion how the team is trav­el­ling.

Pow­er­ing on: The open men’s team charg­ing for the fin­ish line

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