Macquarie lock Zac Rennick is parcelled up the Dubbo CYMS defence led by Matt Naden and Tom Besgrove.Injuries to key backs Adam McDermott and Anthony Toomey clouded the celebrations by the Macquarie Raiders last night on the back of their 30-20 victory over Dubbo CYMS.
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There is nothing like a Tooheys New Group 11 local derby to bring out the fans and yesterday at No.1 Oval CYMS benefited by a good crowd and if you were following the Raiders then you would have gone home happy with the result.

However forwards coach Mick Perry said after the game there were concerns about the fitness of five-eighth McDermott and their Group 11 utility back and club centre Anthony Toomey.

The concerns are especially alarming with the match of the round coming up next weekend in Dubbo when the Raiders take on competition favourites Parkes Spacemen.

“At this stage I can tell you that Adam has a shoulder problem and Ant’s ribs aren’t all that good,” Perry said.

“Apart from that though the side has played very well. They were keen to go, got into the game from the start and went on to a good win.

“In recent weeks we’ve been playing good halves of football but falling away at vital stages. We didn’t let that happen today so hopefully we can go forward from here.

“Sure, Parkes will be hard and they did beat us in the first round over there, but we held them for 50 minutes then they finished over the top of us. We’ve learnt from that and we’re hoping to turn the result around this time.”

The Raiders had reason to be pleased with their effort. The forwards took on and finished a shade in front of their opposites with Seaun Stanley having arguably his best game for a long time.

He made CYMS use up plenty of gas trying to bring him to a halt when he had the ball and his tackles were meant to mean something.

Stanley scored the opening try himself after only three minutes and when captain-coach Matt Stott converted from the sideline the rest of the side grew in stature. CYMS got level 6-all and 12-all but that was it and rarely looked like taking control.

With the Raiders in front 18-12 nearing half-time it was Stanley who again made an impact when he off-loaded a one-hand pass to an untouched Ben Josephs to cross in the corner. Stott again goaled and the Raiders were out to 24-12.

The other top player for the winners was centre Quinton Dickerson who ran the ball strongly but also defended well and brought off some great hits that stopped

the CYMS ball carrier in his tracks.

His work down the short side with Lawrence Fogg gave the winger his second try of the day, and the match winner.

Despite the scoreline CYMS weren’t all that far away from the money with big second-rower Peni Naqua outstanding and hard to pull down while winger Epa Navale was also strong.

Captain-coach Blake Tremain-Cannon and Tom Besgrove did nothing wrong.

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