Raiders push premiership faves
THE Rattle ’N’ Hum Reef Raiders played their first game at home on Saturday against Barron Trinity and pushed the premiership favourites all the way.
With a large crowd on hand to witness what was a very exciting match with end to end running rugby.
It was the raiders who had the better of the attack in the first 15 minutess with a number of penalties and handling errors from Barron giving great field position to the Raiders.
But it was Barron who turned defence into attack and scored first in the corner, then 10 minutes later they put another try on the raiders and it looked like a hard day at the office.
Some luck and great cover defence saw the Raiders hold off another two-tries attempts right before the half time break to go in only 12 nil down with probably a 20 point wind behind Barron.
The half time break saw the Raiders get a chance to reassess and talk about a few things that needed to happen and they responded well with great pressure applied to Barron’s defence and a penalty try being awarded.
A couple of errors from the kick-off saw Barron go the attack again and post another try, plus five minutes later they also took advantage of their good field position and take a penalty.
This put the score 22- 7, but the raiders realise that there was still plenty of time left and a midfield bomb saw their fullback spill it and Grae gilbert on hand to pick it up and run 30 metres untouched.
So with wind in their sails the Raiders took it a new level and started chancing their arm with only being cut down short or the ball not going to hand the only thing stopping them cross the line, but a mistake saw Barron swoop on the ball on put a few passes together and score the match winning try.
But not to be out done the raiders didn’t give up and put the ball over the line by Tane Russell right on the hooter.
The coach was over the moon by the commitment and spirit showed all day by the Raiders and said that ’"imagine what could happen if we trained and had full side each week" also he commented that he could see light at the end of the tunnel.
The best players for the day were Keith tesch and Mark Penfold and the Paddy’s Man of the Match went to Ethan Hoffman.
Next week sees the Raiders hoping to get back to their winning ways against Innisfail at home at 3pm kickoff.
Quick ball: Simon Chick