Consistency key for Raiders
TWEED Coast Raiders will look to build on their impressive recent run when they face bottom-placed Kyogle in Round Eight of the Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League (NRRRL) at home tomorrow.
Currently the best defensive side in the competition, with only 84 points against (20 less than second best Ballina), Raiders sit on two wins, one draw and four losses for the season and are renowned for grinding games out.
Raiders president Glen Winters said recent results showed the side was starting to put it all together after identifying key areas to work on.
“We always said it would take time to gel, but we’ve more than matched it with the teams we’ve played so far,” Winters said.
“The defence and attack is really starting to gel and while we’re the best defensive side in the competition, we always knew we needed to work on our offence.”
While the Raiders biggest loss for the season was a 10-18 loss against equal first placed Evans Head in Round Three, the side has been struggling with offensive consistency, recording only a 50% completion rate in losses, which lifts to around 75% in wins.
The inconsistency has hurt the side, especially against rival Murwillumbah, who beat them 12-10 in Round Five with a last second try.
Winters said the side was shattered by the result, which spurred them on to topple Marist Brothers 22-0 the following week in Round Six, followed by a 12-all draw against powerhouse club Ballina last week.
“Losing in the last minute against the Mustangs hurt and we don’t ever want to have those feelings again,” Winters said.
“We knew what we’d done wrong and knew what we needed to improve on and beating Marist was a confidence boost.”
Winters said while confidence was up, the side would take no chances against a Kyogle side, who pushed equal first-placed Casino last week.
“Kyogle gave Casino a run for their money and it’s going to be a tough game,” Winters said.
“You look how close the competition is, if any side doesn’t turn up on the day, any team can be beaten.”
The action gets under way on Sunday at Les Burger Field with an Under-18s clash from midday.