Mas­sive test at home for un­de­feated Raiders

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

THE Port Dou­glas Reef Raiders re­main un­de­feated af­ter trav­el­ling to Ather­ton on Satur­day for their sec­ond game of the sea­son against South­side.

With spir­its high from their first round win, the boys hit the field con­fi­dent mak­ing it two from two.

But South­side had other ideas by scor­ing two tries in the first 15 min­utes due to silly penal­ties and lack of ball con­trol from the Raiders.

The next 20 min­utes saw the Raiders con­trol the ball and they slowly made in­roads in South­side’s de­fence and posted a try them­selves to the Raiders first rugby in­ter­na­tional Nick Perry.

The Raiders went into the half-time break down only 10-5 and full of con­fi­dence.

The sec­ond-half started off the same but this time it was South­side mak­ing the er­rors and giv­ing the Raiders great field ter­ri­tory.

They didn’t waste any chances ei­ther with the ball cross­ing the stripe twice with one try go­ing to Mickey Pru­dent scor­ing in the corner and Grae Gil­bert con­vert­ing both tries to give the Raiders the lead 17-10.

With 15 min­utes to go it was played at a fran­tic pace with South­side throw­ing ev­ery­thing at the Raiders but their de­fence held strong to take out the win.

Coach Adrian Ban­ner­man was happy to take the points and was pleas­ing to see that they held them score­less for 65 min­utes

“Ugly wins are still a win but still long way to go,” he said.

The best play­ers for the day were Mickey Pru­dent, Grae Gil­bert and the Paddy’s Player-of-the-day went to Phil “I won a meat tray” Ste­wart.

Next week will be the big­gest chal­lenge for the year with the Raiders tak­ing on Bar­ron Trin­ity at home on Satur­day at 3.30pm.

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