Raiders leave Rhino road kill
THE Grafton Rhinos suffered their second loss in a row going down 30-22 to the Tweed Coast Raiders yesterday at McKittrick Park.
Described as a see-sawing affair by Raiders coach Glen Winters, both sides were guilty of too many unforced errors in the first half.
Down 22-14 with the Rhinos in full control the Raiders regrouped to come away with the two competition points to remain near the top of the NRRRL ladder.
“We're very happy with the outcome,” a relieved Raiders coach Glen Winters said after the game.
“It's a long way to travel, but I suppose every team has got to do it.
“I'm just happy we got the points.”
Winters, although far from happy with his side's first-half performance, was full of praise for the way his young side stuck to the task at hand.
“We led 8-6 at half-time then, to their credit, the Rhinos got away from us,” Winters said.
“We got behind on the scoreboard, but the boys kept their composure.
"I felt whoever took control would come away with the win, and our guys never gave up.”
Winters added Rhinos star centre Joe Ravueta proved once again to be a handful for his side in defence.
“He's certainly a handful and a very strong runner,” he said.
“I also thought their number seven Steve Kirby directed them very well around the park.
“We new it was always going to be a tough game, and the Rhinos have some pretty handy players.”
For Tweed Coast Winters singled out his hooker Carl Rowston and front-rower Daniel Cowan as standout performers with captain Matt Riddle again showing his class.
The Rhinos next match is an away game against Ballina.