Sud­den death for Raiders af­ter big loss

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

RUGBY UNION A GRADE

MI­NOR pre­miers Kut­tabul proved to be too much to han­dle for the Proser­pine Whit­sun­day Raiders as they stormed home to a 39-6 win in Satur­day’s qual­i­fy­ing fi­nal.

The Camel­boks now move on to the grand fi­nal while the Raiders face a sud­den death clash with the Mackay City Red­skins in Air­lie Beach this Satur­day.

Af­ter an early penalty goal to the Raiders, last year’s pre­miers hit back with two tries and were up 14-3 be­fore an­other penalty closed the gap to 14-6 at half time.

The ‘ Boks kept the Raiders score­less in the sec­ond half while adding a flurry of late tries to run away as com­fort­able win­ners.

Coach Hemi Taukiri said af­ter the match his play­ers could not be too happy to have been beaten the way they were.

“The at­ti­tude seemed to be just too cruisey and we just didn’t turn up to the fi­nals fully. Whereas Kut­tabul des­per­ately wanted the win. There will be a few sur­prises at train­ing and selec­tions this week as a re­sult.”

The Raiders must now de­feat a de­ter­mined Mackay City Red­skin out­fit, who trou­bled them in last year’s pre­lim­i­nary fi­nal. RE­SERVES The Raiders re­serves also fell to Kut­tabul, go­ing down 38-18 in Mackay on Satur­day. De­spite field­ing one of their strong­est teams of the year the Raiders couldn’t keep pace with their Kut­tabul ri­vals in the 20-point loss.

Kut­tabul dom­i­nated the first half but were un­able to kill off a re­silient Raiders team that hung on to trial 14-13 at the break.

Un­for­tu­nately, as in the A Grade, Kut­tabul scored first af­ter half time and fol­lowed this up with an­other try to stretch their lead to 26-13. A Raiders high­light came from a quick ball from the scrum which en­abled half­back Justin Chen­gody to fly down the side­line and score un­touched.

The re­serves must now turn up fresh and play the game of their lives if they are to beat Bowen this Satur­day and ad­vance to the grand fi­nal against Kut­tabul.

Fi­nals rugby is at the Whit­sun­day Sports Park this Satur­day, start­ing with the re­serves against Bowen at 2pm fol­lowed by the A grade game against Mackay City at 4pm.

HARD YARDS: Whit­sun­day Raiders player Shane Mar­riner tack­les a Kut­tabul op­po­nent dur­ing Satur­day’s qual­i­fy­ing fi­nal in Mackay.

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