Ruthless Raiders topple Bowen
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.