Raiders walk away win­ners against JCU

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - CLASSIFIEDS -

THE Port Dou­glas Reef Raiders en­joyed a con­vinc­ing win against JCU at the week­end, step­ping back into form af­ter a week of hard train­ing.

The 22-14 win was set up in the sec­ond half with a de­ter­mined and stoic ef­fort by the team across the park which helped to erase the mem­ory of the week be­fore and high­lighted the missed op­por­tu­nity that saw the Raiders search­ing for an­swers dur­ing the week.

Shane Branch said the team was work­ing hard to im­prove their per­for­mance.

‘‘ New plays were for­mu­lated and im­ple­mented at Satur­day’s match with suc­cess and a lot more work on th­ese this week and on into the sea­son will hope­fully see our li­ne­out de­velop into the best in the com­pe­ti­tion,’’ he said.

The game was fast-paced with each team play­ing their struc­tures well and a mea­sure of the qual­ity of play was the first scrum was set in the 21st minute.

The first half was well con­tested with JCU scor­ing two con­verted tries to the Raiders’ one but this was not a true re­flec­tion of the game as the Raiders crossed three other times only to be held up or have the try dis­al­lowed in goal.

The half time talk must have had the right amount of pas­sion be­cause the Raiders came out all guns blaz­ing in at­tack and de­fence in the sec­ond half with re­lent­less pres­sure on JCU.

The in­ten­sity in­creased and a bril­liant in­di­vid­ual try to Pete Gil­mour saw the score keeper back on his feet.

Pete chipped over the op­pos­ing back line win­ning the chase to the ball toe­ing it on two more times un­til pick­ing it up in the mo­tion of div­ing over the line in a tackle con­verted by Grae.

A great team ef­fort saw Jor­dan Cross­ing in the cor­ner for his sec­ond try the con­ver­sion was not suc­cess­ful but the win­ning lead was es­tab­lished with 20 min­utes to play 22-14.

JCU to their credit lifted and came back at the Raiders and un­der a bar­rage of penal­ties they stood their ground with very im­pres­sive goal line de­fence hold­ing JCU out and leav­ing them out­side seven points so miss­ing their bonus point.

Best on ground was Jor­dan Marsh 3 points, Cam Smith 2 points and Clint Kachel 1.

The Raiders will take on Bar­ron at Raider Park on Satur­day at 4pm.

Pic­ture: KATE AGRUMS

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Reef Raiders en­joy con­vinc­ing win at the week­end

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