TIGHT: Whitsunday Raiders took on the Mackay City.
TIGHT: Whitsunday Raiders took on the Mackay City.

Raiders lose it late in tough test against Cities

RUGBY UNION: Despite holding the lead in the second half, the Whitsunday Raiders could not close out their match against Cities on Saturday, going down 29-22.

At half-time the Raiders were only two points behind Cities in a game that could have gone either way but was ultimately won in the last quarter of the game.

The Raiders took the lead in the third quarter but couldn't hold on. Cities scored two late long range tries to snatch victory and run away with the win.

Whitsunday coach Ben Matters said the late tries hurt them.

"That was the difference in the end," he said.

"We pressured their line for quite some time and we came away with some points."

Matters said the biggest thing they would have to work on was composure and starting games sharper.

"We have a tendency to start fairly relaxed, that's what happened on the weekend, Cities got an early try on us and we chased our tail after that," he said.

The coach said he was not disappointed in the way the boys played but was obviously disappointed in the result.

"Moving forward I know we're going to be there at the end," he said.

The Raiders play Brothers at home on Saturday to mark the third round and final round of regular season fixtures.


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