Raiders los­ing mo­men­tum

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

THE Rat­tle ’n’ Hum Reef Raiders played their sec­ond last home game of the year in front of the big­gest crowd of the year against South­side last Satur­day.

Both teams were look­ing to get back into the win­ners’ circle af­ter last week’s losses.

The first five min­utes saw two play­ers go off injured from the Raiders, one with a badly sprained knee and the other with a dis­lo­cated shoul­der and this saw the vis­i­tors score while he was get­ting at­tended to and the fi­nal pass went by him with the ref­eree not stop­ping the match.

But this seemed to kick the Raiders into gear and they went on to main­tain ball con­trol and field po­si­tion.

Mak­ing in­roads in the de­fence, Nick Sher­ston scored off the back of the scrum and Grae Gil­bert kick the goal and put the Raiders in front.

But with some strange rul­ings be­ing made, it saw South Side sneak in front with a penalty just be­fore the break.

The start of the sec­ond half saw the Raiders hit the field con­fi­dent of tak­ing the points, but South­side had other ideas and scored 15 min­utes into the half.

And with the ex­tra points go­ing wide the raiders still could of come away with the points with a con­verted try.

As they tried their hard­est, the ref­eree wasn’t help­ing with some bad calls and missed knock-ons which cost the Raiders’ pos­ses­sion and field po­si­tion.

With these de­ci­sions go­ing against them, the Raiders fi­nal crum­bled and let in a soft try with 10 min­utes to go.

But this de­terred the team as the last 10 min­utes were played at a fran­tic pace only to see the fi­nal pass knocked on or stolen which handed the Raiders back to back losses by 18- 7.

The play­ers that stood out for the raiders were Matt Crock­ett and Jack­son Dem­ler. The Paddy’s Player-of-the-Day went to Clint Kachel.

Next week will see the last home game for the year for the Raiders as they then take on four weeks of be­ing on the road to make a run for the fi­nals.

Satur­day’s game against the Wan­der­ers kicks off at 3pm.

Photo by NEIL WEAVERS

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