Raiders hooker Cale Rowston crosses in style during yesterday’s rugby league win over the Magpies.
Raiders hooker Cale Rowston crosses in style during yesterday’s rugby league win over the Magpies. BLAINEY WOODHAM

Raiders clip Magpies wings

THE Tweed Coast Raiders finally jumped the gate and got their first victory against Lower Clarence Magpies yesterday afternoon at Les Burger Field.

It was a comforting win for the Raiders as they dominated the Magpies from start to finish in round five of the Northern Rivers Rugby League competition.

Coach and captain Matt Slattery said from the beginning they were on song.

“We scored our first try in the first five minutes and then they got back into the game for bit,” he said.

“They scored one try in the first half but we just let loose on them and there was no turning back.”

The cornerstone of the Raiders’ success was sticking to their objectives, believed Slattery.

“We had a training session on Thursday about achieving our goals and focused on our set completions,” he said.

“If we can cut out our stupid errors, we will see an even greater improvement.”

Slattery said the game was packed with tries and he managed to claim quite a number for himself.

“I scored four tries and Justin Cullen, Darren Smith, Cale Rowston and Josh Togo scored one a-piece,” he said. “The boys are really happy and we did really well.”

Conversely, the Murwillumbah Mustangs were left clutching at the air after their loss with Evans Head on Saturday.

The Mustangs were knee deep in it literally with the field like a mud bath at Stan Payne Oval.

Coach Troy McLean said conditions were atrocious and if it had been a game locally, the Tweed Shire Council would have called it off.

“It was so muddy, it was an absolute bog and within 15 minutes of playing, it was hard to tell who was who,” he said.

“Particularly when we have a predominantly white uniform; basically it wasn’t good.”

It was a tight game with Evans Head leading after the first half 8-6.

McLean said they were down four players before Saturday’s game and hadn’t copped any more injuries this week.

This final result had Evans Head beating the Mustangs 26-12.

In other results, Cudgen defeated Byron Bay 21-18, Marist Brothers flogged Grafton Rhinos 34-6, Ballina shattered Mullumbimby 34-4, Grafton Ghosts hammered Northern United 42-24 and Casino thumped Kyogle 38-12.



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