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Raiders beat Penrith 24-12 in Canberra

The Raiders have cruised past Penrith to win 24-12 in their NRL clash on Saturday to record their 10th straight victory at Canberra Stadium.
Raiders beat Penrith 24-12 in Canberra
by AAP

By David Barbeler

CANBERRA, June 15 AAP - The Raiders have cruised past Penrith to win 24-12 in their NRL clash on Saturday to record their 10th straight victory at Canberra Stadium.

Fullback Reece Robinson starred for the Raiders with a try and several desperate runs out of his in-goal, while dominant back-rower Josh Papalii (143m) couldn't have done much more to press his Maroons State of Origin claims.

Prop Brett White (149m) also shone for the home side, the Raiders keeping their completion rate up around 80 per cent and their natural talent did the rest.

The Raiders burst out of the blocks, with Blake Ferguson outleaping Penrith winger Travis Robinson in the third minute to open the scoring from a Terry Campese bomb.

High balls to a hesitant Panther Robinson continued to pay dividends when he failed to clean up a Campese rainmaker and then his twin brother Reece Robinson scored from the ensuing scrum.

But Penrith managed to hit back in the 29th minute when winger David Simmons crossed to take the score to 12-6.

The Raiders were then the recipients of an incredible stroke of luck when halfback Josh McCrone threw a pass into the head of Papalii, cleaned up the loose ball and dived over to lead 18-6 heading into the break.

Raiders interchange Paul Vaughan was held up over the line after the break, but wouldn't be denied twice, carrying three defenders with him in the 58th minute to score his first NRL try.

The desperate Panthers started throwing the ball around late into the match with Simmons scoring his second to earn a late consolation try.


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