Raiders victorious over Kuttabul in trial clash
THE Whitsunday Raiders made the 800km round trip out to Moranbah to play in the Canefields to Coalfields Cup Carnival on Saturday.
As a result of a number of teams pulling out of the draw, the Raiders were set to face off against Brothers from Mackay in the first match of the round robin carnival.
Games consisted of two twenty minute halves with the Raiders posting a strong field of 15 players.
To mix things up on the field, a number of players moved into new positions with Shayne Marriner playing at inside centre, Ryan Edkins at full back and Josh Brock taking on play maker duties at five eighth.
The Brothers scored after the first five minutes and a successful conversion saw the score at 7-0 as the Raiders were a little slow getting off the mark in their new on-field format.
Tough rugby and some miscommunication on field saw Brothers dart through for another try and successful conversion to leave the half time score at 14-0.
After the wise words and encouragement from coach Isitolo Maka, the Raiders took to the field for the second half and scored within the first four minutes thanks to a try in the corner by Edkins. An unsuccessful conversion by Brock left the score at 14-5.
The Raiders continued their good form and were rewarded with another try in the same corner to Brock who was running the back line well.
After another successful conversion by new player Carson French, the score was now 14-12 to Brothers.
The game’s intensity increased as both sides became hungry for the win but it was Brothers who secured the next try and conversion to win the game 21-12.
In what would be an epic grand final rematch of the 2013 premiership, the Raiders then faced off against their rivals Kuttabul.
With a good start from the kick off and some great ball movement, Bill Crossley found the try line after a 25m sprint and a successful conversion by Carson French game the Raiders an early lead of 7-0.
All players were feeling confident on the field and were happy to have a solid 14-0 lead at halftime.
Kuttabul made an epic comeback in the second half that kept the Raiders on the back foot.
Kuttabul went on to score another two tries and two conversions but the Raiders had just enough fuel in the tank to hold them off and take the 14-12 victory at fulltime.
NEW RECRUITS: Whitsunday Raiders player Thomas Piazza got away a brilliant pass to Alex Cousin during the Canefields to Coalfields Cup Carnival in Moranbah last Saturday.