Raiders too good for In­n­is­fail

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - CLASSIFIEDS -

THE Port Dou­glas Raiders made it an­other win at home to re­tain the lad­der lead and the ‘‘Tubby’’ Jeckel Tro­phy de­feat­ing In­n­is­fail 40-17 on Satur­day.

In a game de­scribed by one ob­server as be­ing the best and most frus­trat­ing game the Raiders have played in this year, it was the re­sult ex­pected.

The first 40 min­utes ex­em­pli­fy­ing con­trol taken from the train­ing pad­dock and into the game.

Con­trol and tran­si­tion from set play to bro­ken play in the for­wards laid a plat­form for the backs to ex­plode from and score five of the six tries of the game.

The kick­ing game and pa­tient build-up of the first 30 min­utes will win this com­pe­ti­tion any team in­clud­ing the Raiders which puts this rugby on the park for the ma­jor­ity of the 80 min­utes week in week out will be there grand fi­nal day.

The sec­ond half of the game saw the Raiders over­play­ing their game plan, far too ea­ger to con­vert each play into points rather than build­ing to the de­sired out­come.

This in­di­vid­u­al­ism cou­pled with a dis­torted and hard to ex­plain penalty count cul­mi­nated in 12 points for the Raiders in the sec­ond half with the op­po­si­tion post­ing 17 points.

The game broke down and all as­pects of play in­clud­ing the kick­ing game fell away.

The pos­i­tive to take away from the game apart from the win is the play­ing group, have al­ready an­a­lysed their game and are dis­ap­pointed with their dis­ci­pline and re­solve to the game struc­ture.

Ap­ply­ing the Keep It Sim­ple Stupid the­ory in rugby makes for very at­trac­tive play.

The team will have to find the con­trol needed at train­ing over the next two weeks with a bye this week­end be­fore play­ing an in form Broth­ers out­fit on Satur­day, May 11, in Ather­ton.

Tries for the Raiders were scored by Grae Gil­bert 2, Si­mon (Chica) Chic, Funchy, Grant Payne and Adrian Ban­ner­man, with Grae kick­ing five from six con­ver­sions.

Three points were awarded to Grae Gil­bert, two points to Chica and one to Phil ‘‘Meat Tray’’ Ste­wart.

Pic­ture: NEIL WEAVERS

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