Raiders' Bill Tupou runs in a try. Day Two of the Dick Smith NRL Auckland Nines, Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand. Sunday 16th February 2014. Photo: www.photosport.co.nz

Raiders finish Nines with a win over Manly

The Raiders ended their Auckland Nines email on a high, after defeating the manly Sea Eagles 18-4 in their last match of the tournament.

The Raiders finished with one win from their three matches as did Manly and North Queensland, but a poor for and against record saw them miss the finals.

It was a spirited display from the Green Machine as they started with a bang against Manly, with Bill Tupou and Mark Nicholls both held up over the line in consecutive plays, before Reece Robinson scored the next play to open the scoring.

The score doubled soon after when Robinson bagged his second try, with another missed conversion giving the Raiders an 8-0 advantage.

The Raiders defence stiffened in their last match as they bundled Jorge Taufua into touch to secure another opportunity just before halftime, but the score remained 8-0 at the break.

Manly lost the ball from the kick-off giving the Raiders first chance in the second half to post points, with Mitch Cronin capitalising with a lovely ball to Andrew Heffernan to score in the corner.

That lead was further extended when Bill Tupou showed some great pace to bust through the Manly line to score, with Jack Ahearns conversion giving the Raiders a handy 18-0 advantage.

Another chip kick from Ahearn almost paid off as he looked for Lagi Setu, but the kick was a fraction deep and Manly had the ball for the first time in the half.

They marched downfield off the back of  a penalty and Tony Santi scored, but the conversion sailed wide and the Raiders held on for the 18-4 win.

The team will return home to Canberra to link up with the remainder of the squad, with Ricky Stuart to name a team for the Tamworth trial later in the week.