Raiders take out Vik­ings

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT - RUGBY UNION

THE Un­der-16 Reef Radiers kicked off their sea­son against the Vik­ings at West Bar­low Park in In­n­is­fail on Fri­day.

Brady McFar­lane crashed over the line to take first try of the year, with the Raiders dom­i­nat­ing, se­cur­ing a seven-point lead on the board to con­clude the first half.

Nev­er­the­less, the Vik­ings soon turned the tables in the sec­ond half, and de­spite start­ing strong, the Raiders lost out to the home ad­van­tage team owed to silly er­rors and dropped balls.

The game ended in a 22-7 de­feat with the game be­ing called early due to a sea­son- end­ing in­jury for 14-year- old for­ward Jag­gar Ablett.

Brady McFar­lane and Ai­den Al­berts put in stel­lar per­for­mances throughout the game.

The Un­der-12s Port Dou­glas Reef Raiders Rugby Union team kicked off the 2012 sea­son in style, steam rolling the fan­cied TAS White Rock team in Cairns.

The young Raiders took con­trol of the game from the whis­tle with a strong at­tack­ing style of play.

Show­ing class in the num­ber 10 jersey, Zac Os­borne opened the ac­count with the first two tries of the match.

The for­wards dom­i­nated play with a go for­ward straight up the mid­dle at­ti­tude and the clear­ing out at the rucks was fan­tas­tic, with quick ball de­liv­ered to the backs from Leith (Lethal) Malone.

Cap­tain on the night Wil­liam Brown lead from the front all night and was awarded the third five pointer of the night, with Zac con­vert­ing the score was 17 -7.

A Man of the Match per­for­mance from Camp­bell Allen with his barn­storm­ing run­ning and hard as nails tack­ling went over for the Raiders fourth try in the sec­ond half.

The Raiders de­fended their line well and with pace to burn out­side with Tom Walker, and Ze­clan Grogan-Ryan in the cen­tres they kept the op­po­si­tion guess­ing all night.

Try of the night went to lo­cal lass Ge­or­gia Kelly who had an out­stand­ing game as blind­side flanker, scoop­ing up the ball from bro­ken play she crashed over the line tak­ing four de­fend­ers with her.

Fi­nal score was Raiders 27-14.

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