Warrnambool Raiders coach Jonathan 'John' Hukatai says his team still has plenty to work on despite an emphatic win against Gunditjmara Bulls on Saturday.
The Raiders snapped the Bulls four-game winning streak with a 42-6 victory at Warrnambool's Deakin University in the Limestone Coast Rugby League competition.
Hukatai said he was pleased to have a full side available given the Raiders have struggled for numbers this season.
"We've been playing with 11 or 12 players per week," he said.
"It was good to actually have a full team out there today."
Hukatai said many of the Raiders' players from last year were playing with new team North Warrnambool Warriors.
"The Raiders team we had, they formed the North Warrnambool Warriors which is situated at Purnim now," he said.
"So we had to start again."
Hukatai said he was grateful to the core group of players from last year who stuck with the Raiders again this season.
"I'm grateful to the players that stayed and the ones that didn't change clubs," he said.
"They have been the core of our team thus far this season."
Hukatai said according to the rules a limit of five players can change to another club during the off-season.
But he said his club decided it didn't want to stop anyone from leaving.
He said it didn't want to hold people back from joining another club if they wanted to.
The Raiders have been able to recruit players from Melbourne to keep the club going.
"With my son playing this year down in Melbourne, he just asked his teammates and then they knew teammates so it just started from there," he said.
"We're glad, where we are now, just to have a team actually - just to stay alive."
Hukatai's son, Courage, played with Altona Roosters during winter and has returned to the Raiders for summer.
Hukatai said he was grateful to the Melbourne-based players for making the effort to play.
"We're happy that they want to travel this far just to play for the Raiders," he said.
Hukatai added his team had a mix of experienced and new faces.
"We've got three of four players who hadn't played rugby league ever," he said.
Hukatai said he was confident he would be able to maintain a full team for the two remaining rounds and finals.
He said his focus would be on getting the group to gel together and have fun.
Bulls coach Renato Da Ros said his team battled bravely.
"Those Melbourne boys are a bit too polished for us," he said.
"They brought the city here and showed us how they play in the city and we just couldn't keep up.
"But it wasn't through lack of trying, we just stuck at it right until the end."
Da Ros said turnovers cost his team.
"The name of the game is make yards and keep possession of the ball and they did both," he said.
"We made yards and lost the ball."
Bulls player Ash Johnstone sustained a cut to his face and left the game to go to hospital.
"He's fine, it's not concussion or anything," Da Ros said.
"He just split it making the tackle."
In other results, the Blue Lake Knights took a thrilling 36-34 victory against North Warrnambool Warriors.
The Gunditjmara Bulls female team had strong numbers attend a development day at Deakin University on Saturday.
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