10 of the best: Raiders v Knights
10. Knights 20 d by Raiders 26 – McDonald Jones Stadium (Round 2, 2014)
A Jarrod Croker double helped the Raiders to a 26-20 victory in an entertaining affair in the Hunter. Scores were deadlocked at 10-apiece at the break before the Green Machine ran away with the game in the second half. Former Raider Anthony Milford was at his attacking best, playing a hand in three tries and making a number of linebreaks as Canberra snagged its first win of the season.
9. Raiders 30 d Knights 12 – Seiffert Oval (Round 15, 1988)
The Raiders took the chocolates when the sides first met in 1988. Some of rugby league’s most esteemed legends, in Mal Meninga, Laurie Daley and Craig Bellamy, crossed for tries in the only Raiders-Knights game to have been played in Queanbeyan.
8. Raiders 19 d Knights 18 – GIO Stadium (Round 7, 2004)
The Green Machine rose to the occasion in the only Raiders-Knights game ever decided by a solitary point. Former Dally M hooker Brad Drew sealed the win with a field goal to hand the Raiders their third straight win against the Knights.
7. Knights 22 d Raiders 18 – McDonald Jones Stadium (Round 14, 2007)
Champion hooker Danny Buderus turned in a stellar performance in his 200th NRL appearance to guide the Knights to a comprehensive win over the Raiders. Another household Newcastle name in Adam MacDougall crossed for a double in a disappointing Raiders performance but a game to savour for Buderus.
6. Raiders 21 drew with Knights 21 – GIO Stadium (Round 8, 1999)
The first of two Raiders-Knights draws came on the cusp of the turn of the century. Flying Newcastle winger Darren Albert, who crossed for the famous winning try of the 1997 ARL grand final against Manly, crossed for a hat-trick in spite of the stalemate.
5. Raiders 48 d Knights 18 – GIO Stadium (Round 3, 2007)
Andrew Johns played his last game in this 2007 clash, but the occasion was overshadowed by a barnstorming Raiders performance. Canberra fullback Will Zillman finished with three tries in a game the Raiders ran in eight tries to the Knights’ three.
4. Raiders 34 d Knights 8 – GIO Stadium (Round 3, 1994)
While we’re on the topic of this Immortal halfback, the Raiders ran out 34-8 winners in Johns’ first game against the men in green. Raiders greats Ruben Wiki (four tries) and Jason Croker (two) were involved in everything as Canberra surged to the first of five consecutive wins over Newcastle.
3. Knights 16 d by Raiders 52 – McDonald Jones Stadium (Round 18, 1994)
Former lightning-quick Raiders fullback Brett Mullins ran in four tries of his own later in the 1994 season as Canberra continued to roll to its third premiership. Wiki again proved a handful himself in collecting a double to help the Raiders to a half-century of points and one-sided victory.
2. Knights 24 drew with Raiders 24 – McDonald Jones Stadium (Round 3, 2016)
The second of two Raiders-Knights draws was the result of a highly topsy-turvy affair. English international Josh Hodgson kicked a 40-20 in the eighth minute to ignite a Raiders surge, the visitors responding with 16 unanswered points in the opening half. Newcastle struck back to push 24-18 ahead, before a converted Brenko Lee try drew things level at the death. Both sides went toe-to-toe in searching for a golden-point field goal, but neither side could pick the lock.
1. Raiders 29 d Knights 25 – GIO Stadium (Round 17, 2016)
In arguably the most thrilling Raiders-Knights encounters in history, the Green Machine charged back from being 22-0 down to pocket a miraculous golden-point victory. The game was iced by a flying Jordan Rapana just seconds within the extra-time break when he collected a wicked bounce off a misfired Blake Austin field goal attempt.