Undefeated run ended by Raiders

Nathan Ratcliffe passes to Wes Fleister, with Luke Burns and Corey Gray watching.
Nathan Ratcliffe passes to Wes Fleister, with Luke Burns and Corey Gray watching.

The Coolum Colts’ unbeaten record came to an end when Yandina won 20-10 in the Red Rooster Cup pre-season final.

The win, after 21 years of trying, saw the Yandina Raiders lift the club’s first piece of silverware for their trophy cabinet.

The final, played at the Yandina Sports Ground, saw the home side, backed by a large local crowd, start strongly to lead Coolum 10-nil early but the Colts fought back strongly.

However, luck was not to be on the Colts’ side when, down 10-6 just before the break, the team had a spectacular try not awarded by the referee, and instead a penalty awarded due to an offside Yandina player.

The second half was a real dogfight, with both teams ripping into each other, but in the end Coolum did not help their cause with too many unforced errors and penalties.

The final score of 20-10 was a true reflection of the game, and has now set the bar for the upcoming Red Rooster Cup.

After the game, Colts captain Nathan Ratcliffe was philosophical: “Since we came together we have had a great time and we had to lose sooner or later.

“Today we really missed our hooker Corey Gray, who was unavailable due to an interstate commitment. If he had played today we would have won, pure and simple.

“I can take nothing away from the Raiders. They had to beat the team that we fielded and they did. Good luck to them. We were not good enough today. We will learn from this and only be stronger next time.”

The Colts’ next game will be at home when the season proper starts on May 17.

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