Raiders stum­ble

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

THE Raiders suf­fered a 29-19 loss to Brothers at Raider Park last week­end.

Er­rors, many of them un­char­ac­ter­is­tic, cost the Raiders dearly, fins­d­ing them­selves down by 13 points at half time.

The team how­ever showed char­ac­ter to fight out the game in the sec­ond half.

With seven play­ers away due to fam­ily, work com­mit­ments, ill­ness or in­jury, the start­ing line-up was un­known un­til Satur­day just be­fore the game.

The Raiders had the as­cen­dancy for 60 per­cent of the game, but failed to con­vert a moun­tain of goal line pres­sure through good de­fence by Brothers or lapses in ba­sic skill sets.

The first half set the theme with Brothers putting on 22 points, even with a man sent off the field for 10 min­utes for a shoul­der charge in­fringe­ment.

Port man­aged to fi­nally put points on the board with a try to Todd Funch that was con­verted by Grae Gil­bert.

The Raiders’ cause wasn’t helped with an in­jury to Omar who was taken to hospi­tal with a sus­pected bro­ken or dis­lo­cated el­bow.

He was cleared of ma­jor in­jury and should re­turn to the field in two weeks.

While the sec­ond half was won by the Raiders, their poor skills again cost them.

Port crossed the line twice in the sec­ond half, with tries to new Welsh im­port James and one to Grant in the cor­ner, which he also con­verted.

Todd Funch spent 10 min­utes in the bin and Grae turned his an­kle and was re­placed in the 60th minute,to cap off what was not a great day at Raider Park.

Keith Tesch got the three points, Dave two points at full­back and Simon Chic one point as the best play­ers.

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