NYC Rd 22 Canberra 50 Brisbane 36
The Canberra Raiders Under 20s side are within one point of first place on the Toyota Cup ladder after chalking up a 50-36 victory against a fast finishing Brisbane Broncos outfit at Canberra Stadium.by NRL
The Canberra Raiders Under 20s side are within one point of first place on the Toyota Cup ladder after chalking up a 50-36 victory against a fast finishing Brisbane Broncos outfit at Canberra Stadium.
The win puts the Raiders in second place on the competition ladder with 32 points, just one point behind defending premiers the New Zealand Warriors who experienced a heavy loss to the Sharks earlier in the day.
The Raiders ultimately won the match through a dominant first 55 minutes which saw them lead 38-10 midway through the second half. However, the Broncos caused a few heart palpitations for the home fans when they scored five unanswered tries to reduce the deficit to just two points with 10 minutes remaining.
The Green Machine opened the scoring in the fourth minute when a break from centre Matt Allwood enabled new halfback Jordan Worboys to score under the posts.
They were in again less than two minutes later after some second phase play from back rower Michael Chee Kam and winger Jonathon Ruben saw Allwood score another converted try just three minutes later.
Their lead was extended to 16-0 in the 12th minute when some nice chain passing down the right edge saw Ruben touchdown out wide but Milford was unable to convert.
Brisbane scored their first points in the 23rd minute when winger Kurt Capewell scored out on left hand touch line. This try was converted by fullback Bryce Hegarty.
Worboys bagged his second try of day in the 27th minute after confounding multiple Broncos defenders with a couple of well timed dummies. Once again Milford coveted to give the Raiders a 22-4 point lead.
However, Broncos quickly responded when Hegarty pounced on a Cameron Cullen grubber to score under the uprights five minutes later.
This was followed by 38th minute try to Chee-Kam who regathered a kick from Milford to give the Raiders a 28-10 advantage at half time.
The home side seemed to lose no momentum during the half time break and were in to score just five minutes after the resumption when Ruben bagged his second try off a spilled bomb by Hegarty.
This was immediately followed by an unconverted try to Milford who scored after capitalising on some great lead up play from Ruben and fullback Jack Ahearn which gave the Raiders a 38-10 lead with 25 minutes left to play.
The Broncos' late charge began in the 56th minute when lock Chris Binge scored a try against the run of play. The visitors then dominated possession and field position for the next 15 minutes and scored an additional four tries through Matthew Berwick (2 tries), Soape Palaua and Kurt Capewell to bring the score to 38-36. Interestingly the Broncos would have been level had Hegarty converted Berwick's second try in the 70th minute.
Milford sealed the game for the Raiders three minutes out from full time when crossed for a fine individual try after weaving his way through the Broncos' defence, while Jeremy Hawkins had the last say of the match when he raced 70 metres to score a long range try of the back of a scrum win.
Michael Chee-Kam was named man of the match for the Raiders after scoring one try and making a number of damaging matches throughout the match.
Next week the Raiders will travel to Centrebet Stadium at the foot of the Blue Mountains to take on the fourth placed Panthers in what will be a highly important match in the context of the Green Machine's season.
CANBERRA RAIDERS 50
(J Worboys 2, J Reuben 2, A Milford 2, M Allwood, M Chee Kam, J Hawkins Tries; A Milford 6/8, J Reuben 1/1 Goals)
BRISBANE BRONCOS 36
(K Capewell 2, M Berwick 2, B Hegarty, C Binge, S Palau Tries; B Hegarty 4/7 Goals)
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