Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

Raiders 22 (Tries: B. Cross­ley, F. Marin and M. Eldridge) def City 17 and move the Raiders to 4-2 in the Mackay and Dis­trict Rugby Union com­pe­ti­tion.

“The key for us is fit­ness,” Chand said.

“We came home strong and I ex­pected that. I wasn’t wor­ried at half­time, even though they were up.

“I was a lit­tle wor­ried about how we would start the sec­ond half and they (City) did start bet­ter, they played in our ter­ri­tory.

“I knew we were go­ing to come home strong but I needed them to come back to the game plan.

“Ev­ery half­time I’ve got to kick them up the butt and then they start play­ing.”

In the open­ing 40 min­utes, Whit­sun­day was guilty of sil- ly mis­takes and lack­ing body po­si­tion at the break­ing, but to their credit they rec­ti­fied th­ese ar­eas af­ter the break, de­spite the ab­sence of their start­ing fly-half Kon Fla­herty, who sus­tained a shoul­der in­jury early in the piece.

There are no Mackay and Dis­trict Rugby Union fix­tures this week due to rep­re­sen­ta­tive du­ties.

Whit­sun­day’s next game will be against Kut­tabul in Bowen on May 23.

CHIP AND CHASE: Raiders' winger Matt Eldridge puts in a kick against City on Satur­day at the Whit­sun­day Sportspark.

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