The Canberra Raiders have come from behind to clinch victory from the Sydney Roosters 24-22 in a close encounter at Canberra Stadium in front of 10,969 fans.
The win ends a streak in which the Roosters had not conceded a point for 5 halves of football. The Roosters led at the half time break 16 - 0 and looked set to continue the run of good fortune in holding out the opposition before the Raiders ran in 24 points to clinch the win with a minute left on the clock.
The first try of the game came after 21 minutes of relentless Raiders attack, however it was at the opposite end of the field when Maloney crashed over the line to score beside the posts that put the Roosters in the lead. Maloney converted his own try to take the lead to 6 - 0.
Ten minutes later and the Roosters were in for the second try of the night. Pearce passed the ball to Maloney who managed to get the ball out to Oldfield to score in the corner for his first try in the tri-colours. Maloneys goal attempt hit the posts and bounced out. The next try came in the 35th minute after Sonny Bill Williams almost barged his way over the line. Pearce took the ball from dummy half and grubbered into the in goal for Aubusson to plant his hands on the ball over the line for their third try. Maloney successfully converted the try and the score was out to 16 - 0 at half time.
The second half started with a bang for the Raiders seeing Edrick Lee score off a nice flick pass from Croker in the corner. Croker converted the try from the sideline to take the score to 16 - 6.
After a number of barnstorming runs from Learoyd-Lahrs, Sam Williams saw an opportunity from Dummy half and took the ball to the line to crash over for a quick second try to the Raiders. Croker kicked the conversion nad the scores had narrowed to 16 - 12. Shortly after, Sonny Bill Williams made a break at the other end of the field and charged through several defenders to then get an offload to Minichello who ran in next to the posts for a return fire try. Maloney converted to take the score to 22 - 12.
The next try came in the 66th minute when Sandor Earl took an outstanding high ball from above Oldfield off a Sam Williams bomb to crash down for a try over the line. Croker made the conversion and it was a 4 point ball game with 15 minutes to go.
The Raiders threw caution into the window in the final minutes of the game and went all out to try and score, and it paid off in the 77th minute. Croker passed out to Lee, who managed to angle back in until Croker was on his outside in support, and got the pass away for the try. Croker never looked like missing the conversion and the Raiders sealed the win with 90 seconds to go.
This really was a game of two halves, with a lot of errors from both sides taking away from what would have otherwise been a great game.
The Roosters play the Bulldogs at home on Friday night while the Raiders play the Warriors at home on Saturday.