Raiders main­tain a win­ning mo­men­tum

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

RUGBY UNION: A long run of strong form has con­tin­ued for the Whit­sun­day Raiders af­ter a con­vinc­ing vic­tory over the Kut­tabul Camel­boks at Whit­sun­day Sportspark last week­end.

De­spite be­ing short on play­ers and hav­ing one player af­fected by a shoul­der dis­lo­ca­tion, the 14 Raiders still put on a strong front and played a solid de­fen­sive game.

The fi­nal 40-17 score didn’t re­flect the close­ness of the game, with half-time leav­ing only five points sep­a­rat­ing the two sides on 22-17.

Raiders trainer Craig Spence said the side was able to re­strict the Camel­boks to zero points in the se­cond half due to a su­pe­rior level of fit­ness.

“I think it was just the re­silience of the boys (that did it), their fit­ness was a bit bet­ter than Kut­tabul’s and they worked harder on break downs and de­fence,” he said.

“It was a very good per­for­mance by all sup­port­ing each other in de­fence.”

Boris Four­nials was sin­gled out for praise, hav­ing scored a num­ber of penalty con­ver­sions – one of which was kicked from 45m away.

“His ac­cu­racy was one of the big­gest dif­fer­ences in the game, he only missed two (kicks),” Spence said.

The Raiders take on Mackay City next week.

PHOTO: JA­COB WIL­SON

ON FORM: Tim Kim­berely, Alex Rodgers, Toby Ryan, Steven Quar­rell and Ste­wart Main at the Sea Ea­gles and Eastern Swans clash on Satur­day.

PHOTO: JA­COB WIL­SON

ON THE RUN: Kut­tabul player Lach­lan Gor­don, Raiders player Sam Cor­nish and Craig Oliver (Kut­tabul) in the clash at Whit­sun­day Sportspark.

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