Mounties Claim Win in First Trial

The Mounties enjoyed a 22-10 win against fellow Intrust Super Premiership side the Canterbury Bulldogs in their first trial match of the year on Saturday evening.

In his first game as Mounties coach, Ryan Carr was pleased with what he saw from his side.

“I was really happy with their effort,” Carr said. “I thought their attitude in defence was great and that was something we were looking for in our first hit-out.

Carr was also pleased by the performances of the nine Raiders players in his squad.

“They all played well and put in a lot of effort which I was happy about,” Carr said. “It’s hard when you’ve got a big squad playing because there is a lot of chopping and changing.

“However, I thought for the periods that they were on the field, they did their job which is what I was after. I just wanted to simplify things and for them just to worry about doing their job.”

In what was a tight first half, the Mounties took a 4-0 lead into the break thanks to a Yileen Gordon try.

Raiders forward Bill Cullen scored a double after the break to give the Mounties some breathing space before Tyler Cornish put the icing on the cake with a late try.

Mounties take on the Blacktown Workers Sea Eagles in another trial match this weekend.