Raiders on cloud nine with display

FORMER All Black Scott Hamilton graced the Footes Lane pitch on Saturday but even he could not prevent Raiders from returning to winning ways.

Hat-trick scorer Hugo Culverhouse on the charge for Raiders against Hinckley at Footes Lane. (Picture by Martin Gray, 30546787)
Hat-trick scorer Hugo Culverhouse on the charge for Raiders against Hinckley at Footes Lane. (Picture by Martin Gray, 30546787)

The former Canterbury Crusaders and Leicester Tigers star is now the Hinckley director of rugby and he made a second-half appearance off the bench, albeit a brief one as injury forced him back to the sidelines for the closing stages of his side’s 57-17 hammering at the hands of Guernsey, leaving his opposite number a happy man.

‘We played some really good rugby,’ said Jordan Reynolds.

‘Two different styles – we wanted to play into those 5m channels, they wanted to keep it pretty tight – and I really think when you’ve got weather like this you need to be a little bit more expansive and I thought we were really dominant throughout.

‘We scored some really good tries, the one we got just before half time was probably try of the year, but I think that the work we did defensively ... that just made the difference.’

Callum Roberts scored that exquisite team try that closed out the first half on a day when Hugo Culverhouse grabbed a hat-trick, Charlie Davies touched down twice and Owen Thomas, Ciaran McGann and Joe Andresen also got in on the act.

‘We’ve got to now enjoy this and look forward to Redruth next week,’ Reynolds said.

‘That was a massive performance from us today.

‘Hinckley didn’t give us any easy options there … for those first four tries we worked really hard through that effort and if we can take some of that into Redruth it will be a good contest.’

  • Match report in Monday's Guernsey Press.

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