Mud­crabs no match for Whit­sun­day raid

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

RUGBY UNION: It was the per­fect start to the sea­son for the Whit­sun­day Raiders as they claimed a dom­i­nant 35-10 vic­tory over the Bowen Mud­crabs on Satur­day.

Trav­el­ling to Bowen in windy con­di­tions, the Raiders crashed over in the first five min­utes and con­tin­ued to pun­ish Bowen with their at­tack tak­ing a 21-5 lead into half-time.

Raiders player Shan­non Wol­land said the team’s new mind­set had worked won­ders.

“I think our main goal was to get used to ev­ery­body on the field and have some fun,” he said.

“We went re­ally well in our de­fence and stuck to the game plan.

“Ev­ery­one’s en­thu­si­asm on the field is what helped.”

New coach Kon Fla­herty said he wanted to in­stil a more bal­anced ap­proach to the sea­son this year by en­joy­ing the game as much as want­ing to win games.

“That was a big part (of the win),” Wol­land said.

Wel­com­ing six new play­ers this sea­son, Wol­land said they’d all fit­ted into the team nicely in­clud­ing Queens­land Coun­try rep­re­sen­ta­tive Ben Cor­nish.

The Raiders play their first home match of the sea­son against Kut­tabul Camel­boks on Satur­day at Whit­sun­day Sportspark at 3.30pm.

“We’d love for peo­ple to sup­port us. It’s al­ways tough against them,” Wol­land said.

New play­ers are still wel­come. The club trains Tues­days and Thurs­days at the Whit­sun­day Sportspark from 6pm.

PHOTO: MADOLYN PETERS

STRONG RUN: Ivan Petelo runs the ball up for the Whit­sun­day Brah­mans at Walk­er­ston on Satur­day against Wests Tigers.

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