Last minute lapse costs Raiders
A LAST minute try has cost the Proserpine-Whitsunday Raiders first spot on the ladder with the Kuttabul Camelboks striking late to post a 20-18 win.
Kuttabul's last gasp try was an appropriate finish to the see-sawing game where the lead changed eight times.
The Camelboks opened the scoring with an early penalty kick but the Raiders hit back through Domonic Croker when he smashed through the line to score the game's first try.
Up 7-3 with seconds to play in the first half a late lapse cost the Raiders as the Camelboks scored their first try to hold a 10-7 lead at half time.
Outside centre Elias Kuka restored the Raiders advantage in the 55th minute but a basic error of the resulting restart led to another Kuttabul try.
Two successful penalties to Raiders fullback Martin Roveda quickly cancelled out the home side's lead and with 10 minutes to go the visitors led 18-15.
A break from playing coach Hemi Taukiri almost led to a try but the last pass went just stray and forced the Raiders to defend their line in the late stages of the game.
Kuttabul seemed to lift behind their home crowd and managed to score the winning try after hammering the Raiders line for several phases.
Coach Taukiri said that it was one of the better games his team has played this year while admitting there is still plenty of room for improvement.
"There are more positives to take from this game than negatives. Kon Flaherty managed to play his first full game at five-eighth and we kept them under four tries which means they won't get the bonus point," he said.
Full time: Camelboks 20 (3 tries, 1 conversion, 1 penalty) defeated Raiders 18 (tries: Domonic Croker 1, Elias Kuka 1; conversion: Martin Roveda 1; penalties: Martin Roveda 2).
The Raiders return home for their next game, and will host Brothers on Saturday, June 16 at the Whitsunday Sports Park.