Raiders farewell Ri­ley with a win

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RUGBY UNION

DE­PART­ING Proser­pine/ Whit­sun­day Raiders player Blair Ri­ley sounded off his sea­son with a 22-14 win over the Bowen Mud­crabs at the Whit­sun­day Sports Park on Fri­day night.

With the A grade team hav­ing a bye, coach Hemi Taukiri fielded a strong team that helped Ri­ley fin­ish his Raiders ca­reer with a win be­fore jet­ting off to Western Aus­tralia

The Raiders re­serves be­gan poorly and Bowen scored in the sec­ond minute be­fore a slick back­line move saw winger San­ti­ago Dominguez put Martin Roveda over to level the scores.

A Roveda penalty on half- time saw the Raiders lead 10-7 and sec­ond-rower Martin Bar­reneche scored two min­utes into the sec­ond half to give his side a 17-7 lead fol­low­ing an­other Roveda con­ver­sion.

The Mud­crabs hit back with a try of their own be­fore Raiders open side flanker Sean Con­don closed the con­test with a try in the 62nd minute.

Blair Ri­ley led from the front and as a cap­tain did a great job to help en­sure his last game on home soil would be a win.

Matt Sam­mut, Leam Wil­liams, Bill Pratt, Chris Low, Tom Dray, Ol­lie An­drew and Bill Cross­ley were com­pet­i­tive in the tight five se­cur­ing li­ne­outs and set­ting a strong enough plat­form at scrum time.

The back­line was well con­trolled by five-eighth Dom Croker tak­ing ball from halves Justin Chen­gody and Luc Boyer.

The back­line also im­pressed with their work ethic through­out the game.

This Satur­day is shap­ing as a huge day for the club with both the re­serves and the A graders tak­ing on their bit­ter ri­vals, the Kut­tabul Camel­boks.

The games are be­ing played at the North Mackay Lions soc­cer grounds and sup­port­ers are wel­come to the re­serves game at 2pm and the main game be­tween the top two A grade teams at 3.30pm.

Photo Martin Pearse

ON THE AT­TACK: Raiders for­ward Blair Ri­ley charges down­field for the Raiders re­serves against the Bowen Mud­crabs on Fri­day night.

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