Reign­ing rugby union pre­miers re­main un­de­feated

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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.

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