Emoji Season Review: Part 2
Part One of our Emoji Season Review dealt with plenty of ups and downs as the Raiders secured four wins and one draw from the first nine rounds. Read on for Part Two of our Emoji Season Review which is much more smooth sailing.
Round 10: Raiders 12 - Dragons 16
Out went the lights at Jubilee Oval and most Raiders fans were left scratching their heads at one of the more bizarre finishes to golden point ever. Jarrod Croker broke the Raiders all-time point scoring record, but the Dragons emerged victorious with an intercept try right at the end of the first period of golden point.
The good news? This match marked the last time the Raiders would lose two in a row for the rest of the season.
Round 11: Raiders 38 - Warriors 12
Flight to Sydney. Flight to Auckland. Flight to New Plymouth.
At least the journey was worth it as the Raiders dominated the Warriors in the first ever NRL regular season match at New Plymouth's Yarrow Stadium. Sam Williams made headlines before the match for a crushing victory in the Raiders pre-game table tennis tournament.
Round 12: Raiders 32 - Bulldogs 20
A feel-good night at GIO Stadium.
Wearing special Ricky Stuart Foundation jerseys, the Green Machine mounted a late surge to make it another win over the Bulldogs in 2016. Joseph Tapine announced himself as a future superstar, scoring two brilliant tries that sealed the win for the Raiders.
Round 13: Raiders 30 - Sea Eagles 18
GIO Stadium was lit up by a brilliant green light display for the Raiders only Friday night game of the year.
Jack Wighton ended a late Manly comeback, showing off his blazing speed to bring down Tom Trbojevic in one of the try-savers of the year. The result may have ended up different if not for Wighton's blinding pace.
Round 14: Raiders 18 - Broncos 26
Why the banana you ask? Lacking a banana peel Emoji, the loss against the Broncos was one in which the Raiders 'slipped' up.
The Broncos took advantage of a lackluster defensive showing by the Raiders to easily secure the victory. A frustrating match, with the Green Machine not performing at the level they were capable of.
Round 16: Raiders 30 - Titans 22
Revenge, sweet revenge.
Making up for the shock Round Four loss to the Titans, the boys got the job done up north in a solid display. Greg Bird was sin-binned which sure put a few smirks on the faces of Raiders fans.
Round 17: Raiders 29 - Knights 25
What. Just. Happened.
In a match nobody expected the Raiders to have to break a sweat, let alone be challenged by the bottom-placed Knights, the upset of the year almost occurred.
Clawing their way back from 22 points down to take a 25-24 lead with half a minute remaining, it appeared the Raiders would escape disaster. The plucky Knights regained a short kick-off, before Trent Hodkinson calmly nailed a field goal to send the game into overtime.
Just like the Dragons golden point game, it took a freakish finish to decide the match, with Rapana latching onto a miscued Austin field goal for the match-winning try.
Round 18: Raiders 26 - Cowboys 12
Not the best win, but an important victory as the Raiders continued their gallop towards a top four spot. Jack Wighton left the Cowboys nursing a few sore bodies after laying on two of the biggest hits of the year.
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