Raiders out­smart JCU

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

THE Reef Raiders trav­elled down to Smith­field on Satur­day to take on the reign­ing pre­miers JCU. The Raiders put pres­sure on JCU right from the kick­off with the team man­ag­ing to get great field po­si­tion de­spite a strong de­fence from JCU. The Raiders had early op­por­tu­ni­ties and af­ter ten min­utes of pres­sure Phil Ste­wart crashed over for the first try. The boys then made some great in­roads into JCU’s de­fence with some run­ning rugby and pin point kicks which turned the op­po­si­tion around and saw the Raiders be re­warded with a penalty. But the Raiders then made a few back to back er­rors which saw JCU over the Raider’s line. How­ever, a sec­ond try for the Raiders re­sulted in a half-time lead 17-7.

The sec­ond half saw a com­plete re­ver­sal of the first with JCU hav­ing the ma­jor­ity of the field po­si­tion for 30 min­utes but only great cover de­fence and bad ball han­dling saw the Raiders hold strong.

Si­mon Chick scored but it was the for­wards that pro­vided the plat­form for the win. With the fi­nal score at 24-7.

The players that stood out his week were Ethan Hoff­man, who looked dan­ger­ous ev­ery time he touched the ball, Phil “Disco Stew” Ste­wart who was a stand out in the for­wards. But it was Cameron Smith as hooker who’s throw­ing and scrum­ming were what earned him man of the match. Next week will see the Raiders take on the Wan­der­ers at home and a win will see them push up and hold onto sec­ond spot. Kick of will be at 4pm.

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