Raiders losing momentum
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.
Slicing and dicing: Simon Chick