Raiders stop Camel­boks Late fight­back not enough for Kut­tabul

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT - Madolyn Peters

RUGBY UNION: The Kut­tabul Camel­boks scored a try in the dy­ing min­utes of their game against the Whit­sun­day Raiders but it still wasn’t enough.

They started the game down on num­bers and fin­ished the game with even less.

All they needed to do was kick the con­ver­sion to win.

How­ever, the kicker an­gled too wide and the game was won by the Raiders in a tight 24-20 vic­tory.

“To come as close as we did was just heart­break­ing in the end,” Kut­tabul coach Craig Oliver said.

But he was pleased with the way the team came back at the Raiders.

“The for­wards did ex­cep­tion­ally well in se­cur­ing the ball, given we were down on num­bers,” he said.

“Our backs in par­tic­u­lar linked up re­ally well for the tries we scored.

“It was a fan­tas­tic team ef­fort, ev­ery­one played their role and gave 1005%.”

After just go­ing down to the un­de­feated Cities team last week, Oliver is look­ing for­ward to see­ing what the team can do at full strength in the com­ing weeks.

“When we get 15 on the park we have shown we can win any game and that’s re­ally promis­ing for the rest of the sea­son,” he said.

Kut­tabul had Raiders coach Kon Flaherty wor­ried to­wards the end of the game.

“We were up by 10 at one point and they slowly edged their way back into it – they nearly stuck it” he said.

“We were lucky to get away with the win on our side.”

The Whit­sun­day Raiders now have the week off be­fore host­ing host­ing Mackay City at Whit­sun­day Sportspark on July 8.

PHOTO: MADOLYN PETERS

TOO GOOD: Whit­sun­day Raider Ben Har­ries runs the ball against the Camel­boks on Satur­day.

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