Five straight vic­to­ries for high-fly­ing Whit­sun­day Raiders

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

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.

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