Lacklustre Raiders lose
LAST Saturday’s game against Barron Trinity saw the Raiders start very flat, a trend for much of the year which has to change if they are to challenge for the premiership.
A lift in intensity at training this week must be taken on to the park on Saturday from the first minute of the game until the last if the Raiders are to beat Southside, the competition leaders and favourites.
The first half of Saturday’s game was a mix of missed opportunities by the Raiders, poor discipline at the breakdown inclusive of not playing to the whistle which cost the team 14 points.
Some glaring errors made by match officials saw players presume an outcome and pay the cost for their assumptions.
Needless to say the first 60 minutes of the game saw the Raiders down 41-5, a shocking result on the back of Barron playing the Raiders’ game plan effectively against them, however with a fire suddenly lit the last 20 minutes saw the pride of the team shine through, with a massive lift in intensity resulting in three unanswered tries.
The final score was 41-24, a game not to be forgotten for the bonus point gained and lessons learned.
Tries were scored by Clint Kachel, James Thomas, Jordan Marsh and Adrian Bannerman with two conversions to Dallas Abel.
The three points went to James Thomas (Jumbi), two to Paul Ferrero and one to Simon Chic.
This week’s game against Southside at Raider Park is now a must-win for the Raiders, a tough ask with injuries to key players Adam Calcraft with a broken finger and Grae Gilbert out with a corked thigh.
Reserve grade kicks off at 2.30pm and Raiders at 4pm, head down and show some support for the boys.
HANDS UP: Raider Jordan Marsh jumps for a lineout