Five straight victories for high-flying Whitsunday Raiders
RUGBY UNION: They might have edged out the Raiders in an epic tussle earlier in the year but this time Kuttabul proved no match for the reigning premiers.
Kuttabul defeated Whitsunday in the Mackay and District Rugby Union round two clash in April but on this occasion it was the Raiders who tri- umphed, producing a spectacular 51-5 win in Bowen on Saturday night.
The Raiders produced their best performance under coach Rama Chand this season, firing on all cylinders to post their fifth straight victory.
“I expected this to be our toughest test of the season and we trained as such during the week,” Chand said.
“We were really on in terms of our structures. They played how I wanted them to... and we just completely dominated.
“It was 95 per cent of the way toward a complete performance. We just need to keep working on structures and set phases.”
Although Whitsunday only had 21 players, they were all high-quality, which led to the demolition job win.
The team welcomed back skipper Ron Croker but also blooded new talent, including former European Cup back Fillipo Dezzossi.
Brent Cockbain and Sam Hodgetts also made an impact in their first games of the season.
On Sunday the Raiders will return to home to play the Mudcrabs at the Whitsunday Sportspark from noon.
“We need to be clinical again and more ruthless. Bowen will have a handy side and they will definitely be a challenge,” Chand said.