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20 July, 2021

Whitsunday Raiders kick off 40th anniversary weekend in Style

Round 12 of the Mackay Rugby Union Competition proved to be the most important round yet, all games would have a bearing on the ladder positions and every try, point and win was going to play a part. The round kicked off on Friday night when Bowen Mudcrabs took off down the Bruce to take on the Whitsunday Proserpine Raiders at the Whitsunday sports park. The match made harder for Bowen with Whitsunday celebrating their 40th Anniversary as part of the MRU. A big crowd and weekend ahead ensured the Raiders were going to be ready.


Round 12 of the Mackay Rugby Union Competition proved to be the most important round yet, all games would have a bearing on the ladder positions and every try, point and win was going to play a part.

The round kicked off on Friday night when Bowen Mudcrabs took off down the Bruce to take on the Whitsunday Proserpine Raiders at the Whitsunday sports park. The match made harder for Bowen with Whitsunday celebrating their 40thAnniversary as part of the MRU. A big crowd and weekend ahead ensured the Raiders were going to be ready.

The First half was a see sawing affair both teams managing to cross the Try line within the first 10 minutes. Defense by the Muddies was solid as the raiders continued to march at their line but it held firm, finally, Whitsunday crossed for a 2ndtry and would take the lead to the half. The only try of 2ndhalf was secured by the Raiders flanker Regan Broughton. With the Raiders unable to cross regularly as wanted they went to the boot of Sharpshooter Conner Spence who converted 2 x penalties to eventually see the raiders kick off their weekend with a solid 23 v 7 victory.

Game two  saw a Hotly contested match against two of the biggest packs in the comp going head to head, and two teams who will be present towards the back end of the year Kuttabul and Mackay City. The Bokkies had been in red hot form and burst out the blocks scoring the first two tries of the match. The Redman managed to steal a try late in the first half and converted from Jesse Meinicke kept the Redman in the game but trailing 14 v 7 at the half.

The second half saw the game open up but again it was Kuttabul making the early charge their forwards lead by Ricardo Varela controlling the early pace, three more tries’s to The Boks almost put a line through the Redman’s day, but as they do, they found a way crossing for the next three  tries  within the last 15 minutes of the game, to bring the match within a penalty kick. But that would be all she wrote with Kuttabul causing an upset over the reigning premiers and cementing themselves as a genuine contender winning 29 v 26.

In the final match of the round Slade Point managed to cruise to an easy win over Brothers 60 v 14. With Young Gun Jesse Looker running in a hat-trick to cap off a great day for the slashers. At Cathy freeman oval, securing the crucial 4thspot on the ladder for now.

Ladder after 12 rounds

Proserpine/Whitsunday Raiders – 55 pts

Mackay City Redman - 42 pts

Kuttabul Camelbok - 30 pts

Slade Point Slashers - 24 pts

Bowen Mudcrabs - 17 pts

Brothers Rugby - 16 pts




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