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Shillington injured in Raiders win

Canberra's second NRL Houdini act in as many weeks has been soured by injury to co-captain David Shillington, who has been ruled out of next week's Anzac Test.
Shillington injured in Raiders win
by AAP

By David Barbeler

CANBERRA, April 13 AAP - Canberra's second NRL Houdini act in as many weeks has been soured by injury to co-captain David Shillington, who has been ruled out of next week's Anzac Test.

Shillington came off in the seventh minute of his side's 20-16 win over the Warriors at Canberra Stadium with rib damage.

It's big setback for Shillington, who said the possibility of playing in next week's Test against New Zealand in front of the Canberra faithful would be a career highlight.

The home side wasn't without a leader though, with star playmaker Terry Campese making a successful comeback off the bench in the 30th minute.

Returning from a year on the sidelines following knee surgery, Campese's 76th minute cross-field kick for flying winger Edrick Lee earned the Raiders a last-gasp win.

Campese played down his role as he felt it was a mis-kick.

"I'm swearing at myself and then the next minute I see Eddy catch it and put it down," Campese said.

"Today my kicks never went where I wanted them to go but luckily Eddy ran 50m off his wing to score under the posts.

"It's a massive weight off the shoulders, it's been a big two years and the support I've had is outstanding."

While Campese's return was initially subdued, he showed signs of his former best when he busted through the Warriors defence in the 57th minute and came within a metre of scoring a brilliant solo effort.

The Raiders opened the scoring in the ninth minute when Sandor Earl placed down a Sam Williams cross-field kick centimetres inside the field of play.

But the Warriors hit back immediately, Manu Vatuvei comfortably scoring twice down the left wing to give his side a six-point lead going into the break.

After another Warriors try to Ben Henry after halftime, Lee put his side back into the match when he beat four Warriors to score in the corner.

A Williams try in the 61st minute for the Raiders and then Campese and Lee's match-winning play in the 76th minute completed the Raiders' second comeback victory in as many weeks.

Last Sunday, they rallied from 16-0 against the Sydney Roosters to snatch victory.

Warriors coach Matthew Elliot praised his side's defensive effort despite their second-half handling errors.

"Campo was outstanding ... I thought Campo's poise ended up being the difference," Elliot said.

"Because I felt pretty confident about our defence, they didn't look like penetrating.

"When a team (Raiders) has that amount of quality and that amount of ball, and basically had to break us down with kicks, it's pretty impressive.

Raiders centre Jack Wighton was put on report for a hit on Dane Nielsen who left the field for the night with a rib injury.


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