Reigning rugby union premiers remain undefeated
RUGBY UNION: Whitsunday coach Kon Flaherty rates Mackay Cities the team to beat after the reigning premiers blew the Raiders away 29–3 at the weekend.
The Raiders were missing several key players for the clash and they finished the game with only 14 on the paddock as injuries took a toll but Flaherty said Cities did enough to stamp themselves as the competition pacesetters.
“Mackay Cities are the team to beat as last year’s premiers and they beat what we put in front of them,” he said.
“They have probably looked the best of the teams we have played so far.”
Raiders matched Cities in the opening stanza but could not hold them in the second term as injuries continued to mount.
“They are hard to beat even at the best of times,” Flaherty said.
“We were low on numbers and in the second half they tore us up a bit in the back.
“We started the game with 15 and sort of ran out of numbers with a couple of injuries but they are hard to beat even at the best of times.”
While the final result left a lot to be desired, Flaherty said there were some positives for the Raiders.
“Scott Durant had a good game as fullback,” Flaherty said.
“He made a lot of probing runs and made a lot of metres and looked the most dangerous.”
The Raiders have the bye this weekend and will look to bounce back when they take on Slade Point in a home game on June 10.
Flaherty said he expects to have more players available for the clash with the weekend off providing the opportunity for most injury-related issues to be resolved.
In other Mackay District Rugby Union games played at the weekend, Kuttabul Camelboks downed Brothers and and Bowen Mudcrabs beat Slade Point.
TOUGH TIME: Whitsunday Raiders player Ben Cornish playing against Mackay Cities at Cathy Freeman Oval on Saturday.