Canberra have scored three tries in the final thirty minutes to overcome a gutsy Warriors side 20 points to 16 in front of 9,699 fans at Canberra Stadium tonight.
Two teams who have struggled through the opening five weeks of the competition, Canberra and New Zealand came out committed looking to find some form.
Warriors were forced to defend their line early with penalties and errors handing it back to Canberra. The home side pounced in the 11th minute when after a few kicks on last, Sandor Earl was in miles of space to score.
Parity would be restored in the 15th when Manu Vatuvei grabbed his first despite a contentious final pass. Vatuvei had a brace ten minutes later following a simple sweep play showing the Warriors weren't going away quietly.
The game settled down from it's early frantic pace with both sides looking to hold possession. There was a roar when talisman five-eighth Terry Campese returned to the field but no points going to the break.
Six minutes into the second half, Warriors added to their lead with Vatuvei evading a 5th tackle kick for Ben Henry to pounce and extend the lead to 16-6 for the visitors.
Following that though started a prolonged spell of dominance for the Raiders where they over ran the Warriors who were forced to tackle twice as much as their opponents.
Sam Williams swooped on a McCrone offload for the Raiders second before Edrick Lee entered the contest. His first try was scored despite the attention of three defenders and leaving the home side trailing by two.
Despite the Warriors continuing to cough up the football like a cat with a hairball, Canberra weren't able to convert their dominance. That was until a massive leap suited more to Manuka Oval than Canberra Stadium from Lee gave them the lead and a much needed home victory.