Raiders looking to roll Mustangs in derby
THE Tweed Coast Raiders return home this weekend for a local derby against Murwillumbah and a shot at the Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League (NRRRL) top five.
The Raiders, who are coming off three wins and a draw, are enjoying a rapid rise after their return to NRRRL action got off to a slow start with only one win in their first five games.
One of those losses was to the Mustangs in round five, who downed the Raiders with a try in the last minute.
The loss was also the Raiders’ last before going on their undefeated streak and Raiders’ president Glen Winters said the side would use the last-minute loss as motivation for this Sunday’s game.
“That loss was on the bell and we’d love to avenge that one,” Winters said.
“It hurt the side to lose like that, so we obviously want to play well and move on from there.”
Murwillumbah, currently sitting third on the ladder, pose a huge challenge, despite coming off a 22-10 loss to Marist Brothers at Crozier Field last Sunday.
Prior to the loss, the Mustangs had won six straight and were the competition’s form side.
“Murwillumbah have been playing consistent football and it’s always a hard game against them,” Winters said.
“We’re expecting them to bounce back from their loss last week and we’re expecting a hard game.”
The Raiders, who are hoping for a huge crowd at Les Burger Field, will be holding a Ladies’ Day, raising funds for the McGrath Foundation and will feature kids’ entertainment in conjunction with Caba Youth Service.
Action starts with an under-18s clash at 12pm.