Raiders remain in finals race
The Raiders kept their finals hopes alive with a tight 24-20 victory over Sydney Roosters at Canberra Stadium.by NRL
The Raiders kept their finals hopes alive with a tight 24-20 victory over Sydney Roosters at Canberra Stadium.
The hosts jumped into ninth place and progress to 26 points courtesy of the triumph, moving alongside Brisbane and Wests Tigers, who are inside the top eight via superior for-and-against.
Newcastle is still to play Manly this round and a win to the Knights will see them move ahead of the Raiders into the top half of the competition.
The Raiders and Roosters were deadlocked at 16-16 midway through the second half before the home side edged ahead following a converted Reece Robinson try in the 66th minute.
They moved eight points clear when Jarrod Croker kicked a penalty goal after Roosters full-back Anthony Minichiello was sent off for making contact with the head of opposite number Josh Dugan.
But the Roosters refused to give up and a try to Tautau Moga down the left flank in the final minute of play gave the visitors a small degree of hope, but it proved to be too late to deny the Raiders the win.
Dugan says the Raiders know the equation that will carry them to a finals berth.
But he did highlight they face a tough assignment with competition leaders Canterbury their next opponent.
"We said three weeks ago we needed to win four out of our last five," Dugan told Grandstand.
"We've won three from three so far, so looking forward to the Dogs next week, who have won 12 in a row.
"It's not going to be easy but we're looking forward to the challenge."
The two sides had gone into half-time at 10-10 and Blake Ferguson's long-range effort had put the Raiders ahead 16-10 in the 50th minute.
Roosters back rower Jack Bosden replied 10 minutes later, with a conversion from Braith Anasta levelling the scores.
The match had earlier got underway with the Roosters enjoying the early ascendancy with centre Shaun Kenny-Dowall putting the visitors ahead after eight minutes with a strong run to the tryline.
The Raiders answered in the 17th minute after a sustained period of pressure in their opponent's 20-metre zone.
Joel Thompson was the first to cross before his back row partner Josh Papalii barged over to truly reflect the Raiders' dominance.
But Roosters lock Frank-Paul Nuuausala carried two defenders over the line following a rare entry into Raiders territory five minutes before half-time.
Raiders: 24 (J Thompson, J Papalii, B Ferguson, R Robinson tries; J Croker 4 goals)
Roosters: 20 (S Kenny-Dowall, FP Nuuausala, J Bosden, T Moga tries; B Anasts2 goals)
Source: ABC Sport
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