Pinetown Raiders look to impress in local derby

2014-04-24 00:00

PINETOWN Raiders travel to neighbours Queensburgh tomorrow for their second league encounter as their rugby season gains momentum.

Having won the Findlay Cup last season but failing to win their promotion match to the 1st division, this is another season where Raiders will hope to learn from their mistakes and make the big moments count.

After some pre-season warm-up matches, the league kicked off last Friday when Raiders met Amabubeshi on one of the King’s Park outfields.

It turned into a rout for Raiders as they showed no mercy in romping to a 64-0 win to get the league off to the ideal start. From the opening whistle, Raiders had far too much momentum that Amabubeshi were never in the game as the score reflects.

Despite this success, Raiders are not taking Queensburgh lightly as every game is back to the start for them and past performances count for nothing.

“Our pre-season has been great, perhaps the best it’s been in a long while,” said Phillip Pieterse, who led the team against Amabubeshi.

“The players are committed this year, keen for a repeat of last season, with promotion a key focus.

“They are putting in the work at this early stage and the trick is to maintain this spirit and passion throughout the season, for every game,” Pieterse said.

Playing away will not be easy for Raiders, but coach Grant Trefz has whittled out the effects of the Easter weekend and is confident his men will continue their winning ways and keep the winning feeling alive.

Tomorrow’s schedule sees Raiders’ Extra XV taking to the field at 6.30 pm and the first teams packing down at 8 pm, at Peace Park, off Stella Road.

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