Ju­nior Raiders stomp Brothers

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - CLASSIFIEDS -

THE mightly Un­der- 10 Raiders rugby team came up against a full strength Cairns Brothers out­fit on Fri­day night, com­ing away from the game with a win.

It was a fast-paced af­fair, with both teams play­ing hard and phys­i­cal but at times scrappy rugby.

The Raiders fin­ished the game on top with the fi­nal tally, Raiders 17 to Brothers 5.

Try scor­ers were Jai­dyn Os­borne and Tyson Os­borne with Kye Durie kick­ing a con­ver­sion.

Lewis Dun­can was strong in the ruck and worked hard clean­ing out. Brodie Fran­cis pulled off some killer tack­les and Kye Durie showed some fast feet with an evil step in at­tack

Raiders u12 played at home on Fri­day night against Brothers.

Both sides came out strong in the first half with some bruis­ing de­fence.

Brothers crossed for the first try and not long af­ter that By­ron Nona crossed the line for Raiders af­ter some great lead up work. And that’s how the score stayed un­til half time.

The sec­ond half started out strong like the first half. Brothers crossed for two unan­swered tries which meant the Raiders had to dig deep to get a win out of this game.

Their com­mit­ment to each other was clear to see as they fought back with By­ron Nona scor­ing another try, shortly af­ter Zack Jenk­ins crossed out wide and then with only a minute to go, they con­trolled the foot­ball and through hard work by the for­wards, Locky Buzzer crossed with only 30 sec­onds to go. Con­ver­sions by BJ Davis and Josh Cran­swick gave the Raiders their hard fought 24-21 vic­tory.

With new play­ers turn­ing up ev­ery week mak­ing the side stronger, the Raiders have a great chance of mak­ing it to the grand fi­nal.

The Men of the Match went to By­ron Nona and Jared Tesch.

Fri­day night had the un­der 14s look­ing for a win af­ter the loss the pre­vi­ous game.

The boys headed out on the field pos­i­tive and ready to play, but it wasn’t long be­fore brothers were over the line.

For the first half the raiders seemed to be de­fend­ing a lot and work­ing hard.

Dy­lan Sorensen’s cover de­fence was a great help as the boys were leav­ing huge holes in the line and crowd­ing around the ruck area, mak­ing it easy for brothers to move for­ward out wide.

Josh Meal­ing tack­ling abil­ity on the wing had them sec­ond guess­ing which side to at­tack on. There were some great ef­forts dur­ing the game with Glen McFarlane’s at­tack and de­fence in his flanker po­si­tion caus­ing brothers a lot of grief.

Nathan Pid­geon had a pow­er­ful game in stop­ping the big boys and lead­ing from the front.

With the Raiders los­ing their sec­ond game there is a lot of work to do at train­ing.

Raiders have another home game this weekend with all the ac­tion kick­ing off at 6pm with the Un­der-10, 6.45 for Un­der-12 and 7.45 for Un­der-16.

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