Massive test at home for undefeated Raiders
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.