Hibiscus Coast Raiders were victorious over the Counties Manukau Jetz at North Harbour Stadium today, winning 36/22.
While certainly not champagne football, the Raiders did enough to take home the points.
Hibiscus Coast got out to a 10/0 lead before the Jetz got some momentum going through their big forwards to level it up at 10/10. Too much dropped ball was causing problems for both sides. A Raiders try, nine minutes before half time, converted by Daniel Floyd, saw us at the break at 16/10 to the home side.
The second half was to produce much of the same with both sides having difficulty controlling the football. Cheyenne Motu and Daniel Floyd started to take some control for the Raiders as the Hibiscus team put on three second half tries. The Jetz, despite coming up with some very effective sets, could only provide two scoring efforts and the Raiders were deserving winners on the day.
I think it?s fair to say that Daniel Floyd is the major difference for this Raiders team. He?s in everything, his darting runs from dummy are amazing to watch and he is their ?go to? man. His grubber kicks on the last almost invariably produce a result.
Jetz front rowers, Antonio Tusani and Graeme Konelio had big games.