Raiders too good for Innisfail
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.
Grae Gilbert plants one for the Raiders