Ruth­less Raiders top­ple Bowen

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

IT WAS sup­posed to be their tough­est test of the sea­son, but the dom­i­nant Whit­sun­day Raiders have brushed aside Bowen 47-0 to re­main un­de­feated.

The Raiders were ruth­less against the Mud­crabs at the Whit­sun­day Sportspark on Satur­day, run­ning in seven tries to oblit­er­ate the third­placed Mackay and District Rugby Union team.

Greasy con­di­tions didn’t de- ter Whit­sun­day in the open­ing 40 min­utes, rac­ing away to lead 23-0 at half­time through some ex­hil­a­rat­ing play.

The Raiders didn’t let up in the sec­ond half, fir­ing on all cylin­ders to run out the match strongly.

Dom Crocker was out­stand­ing, fin­ish­ing with two tries and set­ting sev­eral oth­ers up, while Jack Now­ell and Alex Cousin were also lively.

“We ex­pected a lot from them [Bowen] but what we wanted to hap­pen hap­pened and ev­ery­one played well,” Whit­sun­day fly-half Shan­non Wol­land said.

“Our de­fence was solid, and we put a lot of heart into sup­port­ing each other.”

Wol­land, who praised the strong crowd’s en­thu­si­asm, said the Raiders had to keep level-headed just a week out from fi­nals.

“We can’t let our­selves get big-headed next week [against Slade Point]. Hope­fully we can head into the fi­nals with a bit of mo­men­tum,” he said.

“We’ll take each game as it comes and won’t look fur­ther.” The reign­ing pre­miers, who have won all 11 games this sea­son, need to work on their set pieces and per­sonal skills, ac­cord­ing to Wol­land.

LEG DRIVE: Raiders' Madi­son French charges for­ward against Bowen at the Whit­sun­day Sportspark on Satur­day af­ter­noon.

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