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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.

Acknowledgement of Country

Canberra Raiders respect and honour the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.