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Raiders rattle Broncos in Canberra

Brisbane's nightmare week has continued, going down 28-12 to Canberra, as the Raiders continued their fight to make the NRL finals.
Raiders rattle Broncos in Canberra
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Brisbane's nightmare week has continued, going down 28-12 to Canberra, as the Raiders continued their fight to make the NRL finals.

The Broncos' latest caning follows last Monday's diabolical 42-22 loss to Parramatta and puts the Queensland side in seventh place on the table with four rounds to go, making an all important top four finish less likely.

Canberra, meanwhile, moved to 22 competition points along with a host of teams including ninth-placed Newcastle.

But the Raiders need to win their last four matches to earn a finals berth.

Raiders coach David Furner told Grandstand his side deserved the much-needed win.

"I think it was a worthy home win. It was something the players needed and the fans needed," Furner said.

"What I did say to the players is just 'put us back in the race' and that's a good (win) for the team."

It was Brisbane's fifth loss from their past seven games but the Broncos battled to the end in icy conditions in the national capital.

Brisbane coach Anthony Griffin admitted that despite hanging on the Broncos were far from their best.

"I thought at times we were a lot better obviously than what we were last week, but we're just still not there at the moment," Griffin said.

"But credit to the Raiders, they probably played one of their better games of the year."

Brisbane centre Alex Glenn opened the scoring in the 21st minute with half-back Peter Wallace converting for a 6-0 lead.

Canberra responded six minutes later when hooker Travis Waddell planted the ball after a quick play the ball centimetres outside Brisbane's line.

Centre Jarrod Croker failed to convert in the blustery conditions, allowing Brisbane to take a 6-4 lead into the half-time break.

Broncos half-back Peter Wallace told Grandstand his team's lack of execution proved costly.

"We sort of played the way we wanted to play," Wallace said.

"Just unforced errors and soft tries, that just killed us there."

The Raiders came out firing in the second half with Croker scoring his 15th try of the season in the 42nd minute off a high bomb from half-back Sam Williams.

The conversion gave Canberra a 10-6 lead and lock Shaun Fensom added his team's third try in the 56th minute with Croker making it a 16-6 lead.

A mis-kick from Raiders full-back Josh Dugan gave the Broncos the opportunity they needed in the 65th minute and Glenn added his second try of the day.

But there was no more good news for the Broncos centre - he was carried off the field two minutes later with a suspected left hamstring injury.

Canberra's Joe Picker was also taken from the field with a leg injury.

Dugan redeemed himself in the 74th minute when he slid under Brisbane prop Petero Civoniceva to score, with Croker adding the extra two points to seal victory for the home side.

Dugan added a second try in the 80th minute for good measure.

Raiders: 28 (J Dugan 2, T Waddell, J Croker, S Fensom tries; J Croker 4 goals)

Broncos: 12 (A Glenn 2 tries; P Wallace 2 goals)

Source: ABC Sport

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