Raiders fail to make it easy
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.