Bowen score grind­ing win over Raiders

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RUGBY UNION

A HEALTHY crowd hung around af­ter the Mackay Cut­ters game on Satur­day as the Proser­pine-Whit­sun­day Raiders re­serves fell to Bowen 14-5

The Mud­crabs posted early points and were able to hold onto their ad­van­tage through­out the whole game.

Bowen dom­i­nated in the for­ward pack by se­cur­ing good ball and play­ing over the ad­van­tage line at ev­ery op­por­tu­nity.

For­mer Wal­la­bies prop Rod­ney Blake starred for the Bowen side and his ex­pe­ri­ence and pres­ence caused plenty of pain for the Raiders.

Raiders out­side cen­tre Marc Kel­lett scored in the 12th minute but Bowen hit back and scored un­der the posts through their for­wards for an easy con­ver­sion to lead 14-5.

No fur­ther points were scored through­out the match as the Raid- ers con­tin­ued to squan­der scor­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties.

The pack was led by the coura­geous Sean Con­don as cap­tain but there was a lack of se­nior lead­er­ship on the field and the Raiders re­serves must find their di­rec­tion.

Dom Ker­mac on the side of the scrum was a stand­out per­former and im­prov­ing greatly and for­ward James Smith gave his all un­til his knee just couldn’t last any longer.

In the backs Justin Chen­gody and Dom Croker com­bined well but there was trou­ble in the break­down that made it hard for the half to clear con­stant ball.

Both the re­serves and A grade teams take on the Mackay City Red­skins this Satur­day af­ter­noon at the Whit­sun­day Sports Park with kick off at 4pm and 5.30pm re­spec­tively.

All are wel­come to bid farewell to the Raiders in their last home game be­fore their up­com­ing fi­nals run.

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