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
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
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
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.