Ruth­less Raiders roll Red­skins

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

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.

RE­SERVES

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.

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