Raiders slay Slade Point in walkover

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

RUGBY UNION: The Whit­sun­day Raiders left the field grin­ning ear to ear last Satur­day af­ter de­stroy­ing the boys from Slade Point.

Hav­ing to con­tend with dwin­dling num­bers in the front row the Raiders hit the field with only Daniel Hays play­ing prop.

In­side cen­tre and cap­tain of the side Shan­non Wol­land said it was for­tu­nate that other play­ers were able to take on new po­si­tions and make up the num­bers in line outs and scrums.

Again, Wol­land said the Raiders man­aged to im­ple­ment a pre-game plan.

“We pretty much chipped away at them and get­ting our struc­ture and game plans sorted. Once we got on top of them the boys started en­joy­ing them­selves,” he said.

And en­joy them­selves they did – run­ning in 41 points to Slade Point’s 14.

“It was pretty re­ward­ing and see­ing ev­ery­one's faces happy with the way they played.”

This week’s 3,2,1s went to Trent Cad­waller, Tom Hutchin­son and Daniel Hays re­spec­tively.

Next Fri­day, north/south ri­valry will be slugged out at the Whit­sun­day Sportspark when the Raiders meet the Bowen Mud­crabs.

Wol­land said the Raiders are still deal­ing with a few in­jury prob­lem and doubt to field a full pack against the Mud­crabs.

He en­cour­aged rugby fans to sup­port the team.

BIG WIN: The Raiders had a con­vinc­ing win against Slade Point on Satur­day (photo from an ear­lier game).

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