Raiders fail to make it easy

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

THE Rat­tle ’n’ Hum Reef Raiders headed to JCU on the week­end af­ter their bye know­ing a win would put them into the fi­nals.

But JCU were play­ing for their sea­son and it was they who took con­trol of the match early and they used the wind to put the raiders on their line and it took 15 min­utes get across for their first try.

Then af­ter the kick-off the raiders were put un­der the pump again due to some han­dling er­rors and missed tack­les which JCU took ad­van­tage of by post­ing their sec­ond try.

But the raiders started to get more pos­ses­sions and few calls went their way and they made the most of it with Grae Gil­bert scor­ing a try right in the cor­ner and Shane Branch scor­ing five min­utes later in the same cor­ner.

The score at the half was 14-10 to JCU and the raiders knew they still had a chance with the wind be­hind them in the sec­ond half.

But the sec­ond half didn’t start well for the Raiders with two quick tries scored in the first 20 min­utes of the sec­ond half, and then just when it seemed the Raiders were go­ing to score in the cor­ner an in­ter­cep­tion was taken and with three more phases saw JCU score a length of the field try.

With 10 min­utes re­main­ing, it looked like the raiders were down but to their credit they fought back and scored two tries within the last five min­utes and it was only the clock that stopped them scor­ing a third.

The fi­nal score was 33-22 to JCU.

The try scores for the Raiders were Shane Branch, Grae Gil­bert, Si­mon Chick and Nick Sher­ston with one con­ver­sion.

Play­ers of the day were Ethan Hoffman, Nick Sher­ston and the Paddy’s Bar Player of the Day was awarded to Si­mon Chick.

With the bonus point gained from the week­end, the Raiders will now head off to Cairns to take on the Broth­ers who sit in sec­ond spot on the lad­der with a much needed win to make the fi­nals.

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