by Jacob Wilson
RUGBY UNION: There just wasn't enough time for the Whitsunday Raiders to pull of a comeback against Mackay Cities at Lion's Park yesterday.
While the Raiders dominated possession during the second half, a few well-timed tries by Mackay Cities sealed the outcome 28-15 in Mackay Cities' favour.
Whitsunday Raiders coach Kon Flaherty said while there were some positive signs on the field the Raiders weren't able to turn the tide.
"The boys had good possession but we just didn't really complete well and Cities defended well,” he said.
"We had a few young blokes out there so it was a bit intimidating for them to cop a few high shots but they stuck it out for the rest of the game which is pretty good.
"We nearly got back into the game at the end but didn't have enough time.”
With players recovering from injuries the Raiders only managed 15 players on the field against Cities, with some forced to play out of position.
Flaherty said Mackay Cities remained the "team to beat” leading up to the finals.
"We came close to beating them (on Saturday), we beat them in Airlie but have to win the finals and they are the team to beat,” he said.
"We should have a couple more players (on the field) for finals and we will need to work on a few things in training with attack and a few defensive things too.”
The Whitsunday Raiders are currently second on the ladder and are set to play Brothers in a Super Saturday clash next week.
The following week will see the Raiders take on Slade Point, which will be the last game before the finals.