Raiders vic­to­ri­ous over Kut­tabul in trial clash

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RUGBY UNION

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.

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