The Canberra Raiders have continued their winning streak over the St. George Illawarra Dragons as they claimed their ninth win with a 22-18 victory in front of 12,072
The major concern out of the contest is for Josh Dugan as he left the field late in the match after taking a knee to the face from a teammate.
It wasn't the night the Dragons wanted as their finals hopes are all but over.
The Raiders started strongly in Wollongong as Joel Edwards managed to spin through the Dragons defence off an offload from Jarrod Croker to post first points. Canberra off to a quick start, 6-0 after 8 minutes.
For the majority of the first half the arm wrestle played out as the Dragons posted their first points just before half time. Mitch Rein created the opportunity with a beautiful dummy run which fooled the Raiders defence, he then linked with Jack Stockwell who scored the try.
Just as the half was looking completed, the Raiders had the final say as Reece Robinson dived over in the eastern corner of WIN Stadium thanks to a pin-point short pass from Croker. After forty minutes, the Raiders ahead 10-6.
The second half started much like the first with a four-pointer to the Canberra side. Shaun Berrigan simply burrowed over the try line from acting half. After 43 minutes, the Raiders extend their lead to 16-6.
Former Raider, Bronson Harrison shone as he charged back on the angle of the line to claim the Dragons 2nd try of the evening. Chase Stanley closed the gap to four points with 25 minutes remaining in the contest.
Youngster, Anthony Milford embarrassed the Dragons defence has he slipped through to reached out to plant the Steeden over the whitewash. Inside the final 15 minutes, the traveling Canberra side extended their lead to 10 points, 22-12.
The Red V faithful hoped for the grandstand finish, but it wasn't to be as the Dragons weren't able to capitalise on opportunities. In the end, defeated by the Raiders 22-18.
St. George Illawarra Dragons 18 Canberra Raiders 22
Venue: WIN Stadium
Halftime Score: Canberra Raiders 10-6
LeagueUnlimited.com Players of the Match:
3 points - Jarrod Croker
2 points - Shaun Fensom
1 point - Joel Thompson
ST. GEORGE ILLAWARRA DRAGONS (18)
Tries: Jack Stockwell, Bronson Harrison, Brett Morris
Conversions: Chase Stanley (3/3)
CANBERRA RAIDERS (22)
Tries: Joel Edwards, Reece Robinson, Shaun Berrigan, Anthony Milford
Conversions: Jarrod Croker (3/4)
LeagueUnlimited.com Live Commentary
Interchange: 14. Matt Prior 15. Leeson Ah Mau 13. Trent Merrin 17. Jack Stockwell
Raiders: 1. Anthony Milford 2. Reece Robinson 3. Jarrod Croker 4. Joel Thompson 18. Sandor Earl 6. Terry Campese (c) 7. Josh McCrone 8. David Shillington 9. Glen Buttriss 10. Dane Tilse 11. Josh Papalii 12. Joel Edwards 13. Shaun Fensom
Interchange: 14. Shaun Berrigan 15. Jarrad Kennedy 16. Brett White 17. Paul Vaughan
Scored by Joel Edwards. Conversion attempt by Jarrod Croker successful.
Joel Edwards has claimed the first points for the Raiders as he managed to spin through the Dragons defence as the Raiders kept the ball alive. Jarrod Croker from the eastern sideline added the extras
Canberra Raiders 6-0
Reece Robinson makes an unforced error.
Reece Robinson took a dive for a wayward pass from Anthony Milford. Dragons hold on at the goal line
Adam Quinlan makes an unforced error.
Trent Merrin attempted to keep the ball alive as he darted between the Raiders defence. Quinlan unable to take the offload cleanly, the ball goes to ground. Scrum feed packs for the Canberra side 10 metres off their own try line
Paul Vaughan makes an unforced error.
Paul Vaughan from the scrum charged into the Dragons defence and lost the ball. Ben Creagh cleans up and the Dragons get the zero tackle just 20 metres from the goal line
Scored by Jack Stockwell. Conversion attempt by Chase Stanley successful.
Jack Stockwell has finished off a darting line break from Mitch Rein to score the Dragons first try. Rein with a beautiful dummy fooled the Raiders defence to then link up with Stockwell to stroll over. Chase Stanley with the conversion locked the game up
Scored by Reece Robinson. Conversion attempt by Jarrod Croker unsuccessful.
Reece Robinson has dived in for the Raiders second try after Jarrod Croker provided a pin-point short pass to him. The play finished off as Anthony Milford broke free of the Dragons defence to bust upfield. Jarrod Croker with the conversion from the eastern side is missed.
Canberra Raiders 10-6
Scored by Shaun Berrigan. Conversion attempt by Jarrod Croker successful.
Shaun Barrigan has simply burrowed his way over the Dragons try line from acting half as the Dragons markers failed to cover. Jarrod Croker converts from in front to extend the lead
Canberra Raiders 16-6
Scored by Bronson Harrison. Conversion attempt by Chase Stanley successful.
Bronson Harrison has darted between the Raiders defence with a charging run back on the angle of the line to crash over. Chase Stanley with the conversion attempt closes the points gap to 4 points.
Canberra Raiders 16-12
Leeson Ah Mau makes an unforced error.
Leeson Ah Mau wasn't expecting the ball and dropped it. But the call is with the Raiders as the referee says there was no advantage despite Terry Campese kicking a few times and made 15 metres off a run.
Dane Tilse makes an unforced error.
The Raiders looked to spread the ball quickly at the goal line, but Dane Tilse has coughed up possession in a heavy tackle. Scrum feed packs for the Dragons 10 metres off their line
Chase Stanley makes an unforced error.
Chase Stanley has handed back possession straight away off the scrum as he dropped the ball
Scored by Anthony Milford. Conversion attempt by Jarrod Croker successful.
Anthony Milford has slipped through the Dragons defence to reach out for the goal line after a great lead up pass from Terry Campese. Jarrod Croker extends the lead to 10 points with the conversion
Canberra Raiders 22-12
Scored by Brett Morris. Conversion attempt by Chase Stanley successful.
Brett Morris is awarded his try by the video referee as he managed to dive on a bouncing kick from Adam Quinlan. The Dragons back to a 4 point gap with the pin-point kick from Chase Stanley
Canberra Raiders 22-18