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NEW Ravens repel Telfords Raid
N.E.W Ravens hosted Telford still sore from their last clash only 3 weeks earlier. Ravens defence collapsed that day leaving the team stunned by how badly they played. So this was the chance to right the wrong of the 84-12 previous defeat.
Ravens fielded a full squad and went out with all guns blazing. After just 5 minutes of solid defence and strong attack Ravens Brad Sinclair opened the scoring with a trademark try. David Wimbury added the extras.
Ravens confidence grew and they started to off load the ball and play more expansively. This was exciting and what the Coaches have been looking for all season. However this style of play was risky and Telford Raiders benefited from the Ravens many turnovers of possession. The Raiders used this to their advantage and scored on the 10th and 14th minutes.
The Ravens tightened up the play and their defence held for the next 18 minutes of play when Telford took advantage of back to back penalties and scored just before half time. Half time score Ravens 6 Telford 18.
The second half was hard fought but again Ravens gave away possession with ambitious play all over the park and Telford played the percentage game and took their opportunities from the Ravens mistakes but always having to go around the solid Ravens defensive wall. Raiders scored 3 unconverted trys in the opening 21 mins of the second half.
Eventually the Ravens open play started to pay off as Mark Austin skipped through a tiring Raiders defence for a class hookers jump from half back score. Wimbury converted.
James Pritchard them marked the return to the club with a blistering run and try on 36 minutes. Wimbury raced to convert and restart the play in a last minute chase for every point. The Ravens most successful part of the game, came just to late.
The game ended 18-30 to the visitors but Ravens where more than happy with the improvement from their last Raiders encounter.
Ravens have a gap week before facing Leamington Royals away on Sat 23rd July.