Raiders cut up Slash­ers

A-graders given ground af­ter Slade Point re­serves for­feit

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

RUGBY UNION

SLADE POINT were no match for a fired up Proser­pine-Whit­sun­day Raiders out­fit at the Whit­sun­day Sports Park on Satur­day as the home side romped home to a 71-12 win.

A for­feit by the Slash­ers in re­serve grade saw the Raiders name an ex­tended bench that al­lowed sev­eral fringe A graders to run on and main­tain match fit­ness lev­els.

Af­ter only two min­utes fly­ing back San­ti­ago Dominguez crossed for his first of two tries and Trent El­son also crossed to build an early 14-0 lead.

Raiders’ new­comer San­ti­ago Fi­jalka­uskas proved he had the goods by scor­ing a try in the 16th minute and he and Scott Vella crossed again to give the home side a 33-7 buf­fer at the break.

The tries con­tin­ued to flow for the Raiders in the sec­ond half and they never looked trou­ble in the con­vinc­ing 59-point win.

The for­ward pack of hard­men Steve Small- man, Gra­ham West and Bill Pratt pro­vided a solid plat­form up front with Tom Dray in the lock po­si­tion adding to the bulk.

Trent Davis made his much awaited re­turn from in­jury at num­ber 8 and gave good pro­tec­tion to Dom Croker at half­back who was in turn able to pro­vide clean ball to the backs.

This Satur­day the Raiders will host the fi­nal reg­u­lar sea­son meet­ing be­tween them and last year’s pre­miers Kut­tabul. The re­serves play at 4pm and A grade at 5.30pm. The day will be a themed Raiders Ladies Day and ev­ery­one is wel­come to come along and sup­port the team as they bat­tle the reign­ing pre­miers.

MAK­ING A BREAK: Whit­sun­day Raiders player Dom Croker looks to se­cure pos­ses­sion dur­ing their big win over the Slade Point Slash­ers on Satur­day at the Whit­sun­day Sports Park.

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