Ruthless Raiders roll Redskins
RUGBY UNION A GRADE
A THUMPING 55-0 win over the Mackay City Redskins helped the Proserpine-Whitsunday Raiders celebrate their last home game of the season in perfect fashion in Airlie Beach on the weekend.
Playing in their final game before the 2013 finals kick off the ruthless Raiders put the Redskins to the sword, running in 10 tries to none in front of a vocal home crowd.
Coach Hemi Taukiri said that the game was hard to get a good gauge from but was happy to see the boys stuck to their game plan for the majority of the match.
“We must learn to play out a full 85 minutes and not just 65 minutes. It was a good way to kick off our finals campaign and show we have the right to be premiers in 2013,” he said.
Following four tries in the first half the scoreboard continued to tick over for a further five in the second stanza and the club will look to finish their season on a high with a win against Mackay Brothers this Saturday.
The Raiders reserves battled hard but fell short against the Redskins reserves in their 22-12 loss on Saturday night.
With forfeits an issue in the reserve grade competition a Barbarian like combination of Cities, Bowen and Slade Point turned out for the Redskins and proved to be too good for the Raiders.
They dominated the local boys throughout the second half following a 5-5 score line at half time.
It was a hard workout for the Raiders and is their last game before a likely semi-final against Kuttabul in a fortnight.
The Raiders reserves have a bye this weekend while the A graders take on Mackay Brothers in Mackay at 4.30pm this Saturday.
ON THE BALL: Raiders’ player/coach Hemi Taukiri looks to link up with a team-mate during his side's 55-0 win over the Mackay City Redskins in their final home game of 2013 on Saturday. Photo Martin Pearse.