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NYC Match Report: Raiders soar past Sea Eagles

Ricky Kelly

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The Canberra Raiders have made it back-to-back wins for the first time this season with a convincing 36 points to 14 win over the Manly Sea Eagles.

Canberra put a scrappy first half behind them to pile on 24 unanswered points in the second half to keep the Sea Eagles winless on the road.

Raiders Prop Emre Guler was a late exclusion from the side as Matthew Scott made his NYC debut coming off the bench.

Manly were first to get points on the board when winger Alfred Smalley dived over in the corner for an easy try.

Handling errors cost the Raiders in the opening stages of the match, with several promising attacking opportunities ending without points. Manly took advantage of the possession gifted to them, crossing for their second try, from a strong run from five-eighth Tom Wright.

The Raiders would eventually pounce with their strong momentum as centre Andre Niko latched on to the end of a Lachlan Cooper grubber to score with four minutes remaining in the first half. Niko converted his own try to bring the Raiders within two points.

On the stroke of half-time Manly had two consecutive attacking opportunities to extend their lead however the Raiders defence held strong. The Sea Eagles went into half time with an 8-6 lead over the Raiders.

The second half began strongly for the home side as a nice step from Raiders Captain Kalani Going saw him find the line. Niko converted to give the Raiders a 12-8 lead five minutes into the second half.

It was back-to-back for the home side just a minute later as the Raiders found themselves in great territory. A nice grubber lead to a draw and pass, as second row Jack Murchie would dive over to extend the Raiders lead. Niko converted again to make the score 18-8 in favor of the home team.

The Raiders had Manly on toast thirteen minutes into the second half when Zac Patch crossed in the corner. Andre Niko converted superbly from the sideline to give the Raiders a 24-8 lead with twenty-five remaining in the match.

Cody Hodge put the game to bed ten minutes later after a fantastic length of the field try. Niko made it 5/5 with the boot to extend the Raiders lead to 30 points to 8. Cade Cust bagged a late try back for Manly, before Kalani Going grabbed his second for the Raiders, with the final score 36-14.

The Raiders will look to secure their first away win of the year when they travel to Sydney to face the Bulldogs next Saturday.

Canberra Raiders 36 (Niko, Going, Murchie, Patch, Hodge, Going ; Niko 6/6) defeated Manly Sea Eagles 14 (Wright, Smalley, Cust; Maarbina 1/3)