Raiders step up in plate, moving through to last 8.
It may sound strange to say we left plenty of scores on the pitch, but we did. Palmers were dogged, spirited and enthusiastic until the end and were worth more than the nil score.
The Raiders dominated from the start producing tries from all parts of the ground. It looked as if it would be 100points as the first half went on. However the visitors made a great fist of defending their line in the second period. This coupled with some decision making and execution errors by the Raiders, produced a competitive 20min period for the spectators to get in to.
Attacking with a slight breeze in the first half the Raiders were capable of playing multi phase rugby and putting the defenders under great pressure, forcing one great tackle after another. Unfortunately for Palmers they on too many occasions ran out of defenders giving scoring opportunities across the field.
After 20mins it was a four try game and the Raiders were cruising and here in lay the issue. Overconfidence, selfishness and personal outcomes rather than team processes stagnated the Raider offence for a lengthy period. Therein allowing arguably the man of the match (Palmers 7) to get well into the game. He stole the ball on the deck on four separate occasions and playing in a team going backwards this was invaluable. Worthing with plenty of work to do at the break down!
Half time came and went and the focus on ‘We’ not ‘Me’ and ‘Process’ not ‘Outcome’ was reiterated by Coach Hewick.
The best start for the Raiders after half time where a mistake of the kick off permitted a score within 60seconds. But here the scoring stopped and as previously stated the Palmers side came well into it. Building pressure of their own and giving the Raiders more than a couple of scares. It was a moment of ambition while running out of their own 22m that undid much of the impressive work evident for much of the second half, with Beecham picking up and running in for another 5 pointer.
There were a number of excellent performances in the Raiders ranks, the front row again gaining early dominance, the second rows worked tirelessly and the back row was exemplary again. The half backs got the game moving well with plenty of penetration in the middle. Out wide the backs were able to take advantage of inexperienced opponents to their great reward.
MOM: Jacob Parkin- Good tackle count, great bounce time excellent contribution to the team.
Tries: Mitchell 3, Fogerty, Burger 2, Lake, Beecham 3, Dingle,
Cons: Beecham 9