You can’t stop the Raiders

Six straight wins for Whit­sun­day

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

RUGBY UNION: The me­thod­i­cal Whit­sun­day Raiders just con­tinue to get the job done, post­ing an­other con­vinc­ing win in the Mackay and Dis­trict Rugby Union com­pe­ti­tion.

The Raiders hosted Bowen at the Whit­sun­day Sportspark on Sun­day, post­ing a 36-8 win to se­cure a bonus point.

Whit­sun­day led 14-5 at half­time, but broke away in the sec­ond 40, scor­ing four tries to nil.

Raiders’ stand-in coach Ron Cro­ker, act­ing in place of the ab­sent Rama Chand, was im­pressed with the per­for­mance – the team’s sixth straight win af­ter start­ing the sea­son with two losses.

“It has been a good sea­son since the coach (Chand) ar­rived. Ev­ery­thing’s go­ing well and ev­ery­one’s work­ing nicely to­gether,” he said.

“As a team, ev­ery­one was switched on and or­gan­ised. Ev­ery­one did their job and stayed in po­si­tion.

“A few of the boys stepped up, break­ing the lines and putting pres­sure on Bowen.”

It was a com­bined ef­fort that brought down Bowen but Cro­ker saved praise for three Raiders, who were recog­nised post-match.

“Brook (Cad­wal­lader) went re­ally well and made a lot of yards with ball in hand, while the new lad, Filipo (Vez­zosi), is go­ing re­ally well at 10,” Cro­ker ex­plained.

“Our other 10 got in­jured, so he has slot­ted in there and is go­ing well... The boys play off him well.

“Daniel Hayes is one of our young lads, but he is re­ally im­prov­ing this sea­son.”

The Raiders shared tries be­tween Cad­wal­lader, Bill Cross­ley, Madi­son French, Joseph Sikei, Alex Cousin and Dom Cro­ker. Whit­sun­day will hit the road this week­end to take on Slade Point in Mackay on Satur­day. The Raiders’ next home game is against Broth­ers on June 13.

Photo Char­lotte Lam / Whit­sun­day Times

EURO­PEAN STAR: Filipo Vez­zosi out­runs Bowen play­ers at Sun­day af­ter­noon’s home game.

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