Raiders run riot over Mud­crabs in big win

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

RUGBY UNION: The Whit­sun­day Raiders have con­tin­ued their charge in the Mackay Rugby Union com­pe­ti­tion as they ran away with vic­tory over the Bowen Mud­crabs on Satur­day.

Fin­ish­ing the game 37-17, it was a phys­i­cal en­counter be­tween the two sides.

The first half was close, with only a try sep­a­rat­ing them at half-time but the Raiders were sim­ply too good in the sec­ond half.

Raiders prop Bill Cross­ley said it was a tough game.

“Both teams were ag­gres­sive,” he said.

“Grant Restieaux dis­lo­cated his el­bow right on half-time so we had a big de­lay and that al­lowed us to fo­cus on our mis­takes and fix them.”

Madi­son French had a great game in his come­back from in­jury while Lewis Man­ning was voted best on field.

Cross­ley said there was a great feel­ing within the team at the mo­ment.

“We are re­build­ing with a good core of play­ers that all are will­ing to give that bit ex­tra for the guy next to them. Shan­non has been re­ally in­spir­ing as cap­tain and Kon's coach­ing is re­ally build­ing us as a team,” he said.

The Raiders head south to play Kut­tabul on Satur­day.

“They will be look­ing to show us a thing or two af­ter we got up over them in the first round,” Cross­ley said. TOUCH: There were some big wins at Whit­sun­day Sport­park on Mon­day for the lat­est round of Whit­sun­day Touch.

Mon­day saw Touch and Go 8 def Oddly Amal­ga­mated 4, Eclipse B 12 def High Fly­ers 0, Eclipse C 8 def Try Hards 4, Saint 5 def Ray White 4, Whit­mon­day Ea­gles 7 def Eclipse C1 3, Mis­chief Crew 5 def White­haven Ad­ven­tures 1, Salt & Pep­per 11 def Young Guns 2 and Wolves 7 def Eclipse A 3.

The sea­son’s stand­ings be­fore Mon­day night saw an ex­tremely tight bat­tle in A grade be­tween the top six teams, with Eclipse A nar­rowly ahead on points. In B grade, Mis­chief Crew had taken the lead while C grade saw Whit­mon­day Ea­gles at the top.

Draw for next week: 6.15pm Eclipse A V Young Gunz Ref Ray White, Salt and Pep­per V Saints Ref Ray White, Eclipse C1 v Eclipse C2 Ref Whit­mon­day Ea­gles

7pm Whit­mon­day Ea­gles V Try Hards Ref Eclipse A, Ray White V Airlie Mixed Ref Saints/Young Gunz, White­haven Ad­ven­tures V High Fly­ers Ref Salt n Pep­per.

7.45pm Mis­chief Crew V Oddly Amal­ga­mated Ref Try Hards/White­haven, We got U cov­ered V Touch N Go Ref Airlie Mixed.

BYES Eclipse B, Wolves. Eclipse A .......................... 27 Salt N Pep­per .................. 26 Ray White ........................ 25 Young Guns ..................... 25 Wolves ............................. 24 Saints ............................... 22 Airlie Mixed ...................... 15

Mis­chief Crew .................. 31 We Got U Cov­ered ........... 27 Eclipse B .......................... 25 Touch N Go ...................... 25 Amal­ga­mated/Od­dballs ..21 White­haven ...................... 21 High Fly­ers ....................... 14

Whit­mon­day Ea­gles ........ 28 Eclipse C1 ......................... 25 Eclipse C2 ......................... 19 Try Hards .......................... 18 Touch Me ........................... 0

TI­TLE TILT: The Whit­sun­day Raiders have been on a great run of form.

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