Ci­ties no match for Whit­sun­day’s raid

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT - Dane Lilling­stone dane.lilling­stone@ whit­sun­day­times.com.au

RUGBY UNION: De­spite beat­ing top-of-the-table Mackay City, Whit­sun­day Raiders coach Kon Fla­herty is not read­ing too much into his side’s win.

“We still need to see if we can com­pete against the big teams down in Mackay and prove that we can go all the way,” he said.

“Ci­ties is still the team to beat.”

Raiders beat Ci­ties 21–17 in the Satur­day show­down at Whit­sun­day Sportspark.

It was a tough game that was tight through­out, with the Raiders only feel­ing com­fort­able af­ter gain­ing a two-try lead in the 70th minute.

“They looked the bet­ter team for the first 60 min­utes,” Fla­herty said.

“The last 20 we took a bit more con­trol and got a cou­ple tries. Our be­lief lifted us to an­other level.”

Fla­herty said it was a team effort that showed his team’s com­mit­ment across the full 80 min­utes.

“It was a re­ally good game to watch,” he said.

“Boris Four­nials kicked re­ally well to get us out of trou­ble and Madi­son French played re­ally well in the mid­dle.”

The win sees Whit­sun­day now tied first at the top of the Mackay and District rugby union lad­der with Ci­ties.

The Raiders will re­turn to the Whit­sun­day Sportspark to take on Brothers this week­end but are then fac­ing tough away trips to Mackay over the next month.

PHOTO: DANE LILLING­STONE

BALL AND ALL: Whit­sun­day Brah­mans play West Tigers in the un­der-19s cur­tain-raiser at Les Stagg on Satur­day.

PHOTO: DANE LILLING­STONE

DEFENCE: Raider Tom Humphreys goes for a tackle against Mackay Ci­ties on Satur­day.

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