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13 June, 2021

Red-hot rugby round a real sizzler

ROUND Seven of the Mackay Rugby union kicked off with Northern rivals Bowen Mud Crabs hosting the red hot Whitsunday Raiders at the Bowen Sports Complex.

The first affair in Airlie had been one-sided but this time, when Bowen crossed for the first try of the match through Qld Country Rep Nick Poole Bowen at the 10 min mark, the Muddies had sent a message they were ready to play.

But the Raiders regathered and unleased their slick backline, running in the next two tries to take the lead at the halfway mark.

The second half was a physical contest with the Raiders managing to gain the ascendency and score the only three tries of the half.

This gave them a comfortable 28-5 win to establish themselves the favourites, remaining undefeated in 2021.

Slade Point played host to Brothers in a match dedicated to past Slade Point player Jason Trim who sadly passed recently.

This inspired the Slashers who flew out of the gates and put the first two tries of the game on the board to leave Brothers shell shocked.

The Fish fought back though Kyle Danns then Lincoln Burnett mixed in with some individual brilliance to go on to score the next two tries, with the Fish taking the lead at the halfway mark, 14-12.

First points in the second half were crucial and 20 minutes into the half Slade Point struck first. Led by Captain Jono Robertson, they poured on three more tries to control the remainder of the match.

Slade point had exacted revenge on the Fish to win the match 36-14.

The final match saw Mackay City take on Kuttabul at Lions Park - always a tough encounter and this game again delivered.

The first 15 minutes was an all-out attack with both teams going try for try, with the halftime score at 14-14.

The Redman gained the early points in the second half, with the first two tries.

But Kuttabul found some fight and worked their way into the game through their stylish prop Riccardo Varela who crossed for his second try of the match.

The game would be tied at four tries apiece but the boot of City Kicker Jesse Meinicke proved the difference - making all his conversions and securing a City win, 27-37.

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