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RUGBY UNION A GRADE

AN­OTHER pol­ished at­tack­ing dis­play helped the Proser­pine/Whit­sun­day Raiders to a 38-28 win over the Mackay City Red­skins in Mackay on Satur­day.

Two early tries helped the Raiders build a quick lead and the good work in at­tack con­tin­ued as they built a 26-6 lead at half time.

A try to Shan­non Wol­land made the lead 33-6 but City were far from out of the con­test and hit back with two un­con­verted tries of their own.

Both teams traded tries in a high­scor­ing sec­ond half as the Raiders hung on for an im­por­tant 10-point win.

Coach Hemi Taukiri said al­though the boys didn’t find top gear he was happy that a win is a win.

RE­SERVE GRADE

The re­serves were able to back up the A grade per­for­mance with a fresh team to post a 28-14 vic­tory.

De­spite start­ing against the wind the Raiders scored a quick try through Dom Ker­mac be­fore the home side lev­elled it up.

Ker­mac scored again shortly af­ter and a try from sprightly rookie Justin Chen­gody gave the re­serves a 21-14 mid­way through the sec­ond half.

Res­o­lute de­fend­ing kept City score­less in the sec­ond half as the re­serves strolled to a com­fort­able 14-point win.

The A grade team has a bye this week­end so the re­serves will take cen­tre stage in their match against Bowen from 7.30pm this Fri­day night at the Whit­sun­day Sports Park.

STRONG DE­FENCE: Scott Vella and Martin Bar­reneche wrap up a Mackay City defender dur­ing their big win on Satur­day. Photo Martin Pearse

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