Competition - NRL
Round -  24
Teams – Raiders v Eels
Date – 21st August 2016
Venue – Canberra Stadium
Photographer – Mark Nolan
Description –

A dominant second half performance has seen the Canberra Raiders come back from a half-time deficit against the Parramatta Eels to secure their eighth win in-a-row and a top-four berth.

An unfortunate first-half by the Raiders where they looked a shadow of their recent defensive selves found the team trailing 18-4 at the break.

But a brilliant attacking revival by the Raiders’ left-side attack saw the side score 24 unanswered points to end the game 28-14.

Winger Brenko Lee was near-unstoppable, scoring a remarkable four tries down the left edge. He could have had five if not for a contentious video-referee call in the first half which deemed he had brushed the side-line whilst diving to score.

The Raiders looked woefully unprepared in the first half, missing numerous tackles which gave the Eels valuable field-position.

A rare fumble by Blake Austin under the posts gave the Eels an early-game lead as centre Michael Jennings dove on the loose ball to score.

Further tries to Semi Radradra and Bevan French put the Raiders in a precarious position heading into the second-half.

The home-side hit back in the second forty, reaffirming themselves as the game’s best attacking side.

BJ Leilua threw a deft flat-pass to Jarrod Croker in space, to score the Raider’s first of the half.  A spectacular knock-back in the air by Jack Wighton to man-of-the-match Josh Papalii resulted in Sia Soliola scoring the side’s final try under the posts.

The win sees the Raiders guarantee themselves a spot in the top four ahead of games against Manly and Wests Tigers. 

Post Match Coverage

Match Highlights

Team Song

Press Conference

Canberra Raiders 28 (Lee 4, Croker, Soliola tries; Croker 2 goals) defeated Parramatta Eels 18(Jennings, Radradra, French tries; Gordon 3 goals) at GIO Stadium. Half-time: Parramatta 18-4. Crowd: 18,825.