RUGBY UNION: Whitsunday Raiders put in a gutsy effort for a 14-man team but couldn't get over Kuttabul Camelboks' full-strength side.
Kuttabul coach Alex Bourne said the team knew it was playing against a depleted side and it didn't feel like a good win.
"We probably went off a little bit and didn't stick to our game plan," he said.
It was technical things like not getting the ball away fast enough after tackles, the coach said.
"We're lucky we have a few try scorers in us to combat those issues," he said.
"We've been working on keeping structure and trying to stick to our game plan."
Some last-minute withdrawals due to "niggly injuries" and work commitments meant the Whitsunday team only travelled down with 14 players.
Despite being undermanned, however, they did not drop off once during the game.
"We were attacking them for the last 15 minutes of the game," Whitsunday coach Ben Matters said.
"With 14 men we should have been run off the park."
The coach said while it was a bit of a scrappy game on both sides the team "went down swinging", especially after their lineout jumper injured his knee three minutes into the game.
"We lost a lot of lineouts and we didn't have a point guy to go to, so it made it a bit tough," Matters said.
Despite that, Matters said the effort the team put in impressed him.
"The boys dug in and it really shows the character of the club and the team," he said.
All teams have a bye next weekend.
- Mackay Cities defeated Bowen Mudcrabs 32-22
- Kuttabul Camelboks defeated Whitsunday Raiders 17-3
- Brothers defeated Slade Point