Raiders push pre­mier­ship faves

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

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.

Photo by NEIL WEAVERS

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