TERRY Rapana, front, is leading the way with able support, from left, Ben and Kimi Kahika and president Michael Danes.
TERRY Rapana, front, is leading the way with able support, from left, Ben and Kimi Kahika and president Michael Danes.

Draws to burn



TWEED Coast Raiders coach Terry Rapana has seen pretty much everything during his time in rugby league.

He can't remember anything though like what has happened to his new club since its reemergence in senior football this season.

Playing in the reserve grade of this year's Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League competition, the Raiders have drawn three consecutive games.

On the weekend they were just two minutes away from their first win since 1991 (the year they last played in the senior competition) leading 18-12 against Byron Bay before the in- evitable occurred.

"We have had our chances to win the games," Rapana said.

"But we have just been unable to get over the line."

But he's not all that disappointed.

His side has come a long way since its opening round 52-0 thrashing at the hands of the Seagulls, to draw with South Tweed 20-all, Murwillumbah 18all and now Byron Bay.

The Raiders take on South Grafton reserves at Les Burger Oval, Cabarita on Saturday.

And, if the unthinkable was to happen and the game tied in the dying seconds, he has already prepared his orders.

"Go for a field goal," Rapana said.



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