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Raiders return to NSW Cup with a bang

The Canberra Raiders defeated the Western Suburbs Magpies 32-18 to mark the club’s first appearance in the NSW Cup since 2007.

The Western Suburbs Magpies opened the scoring in the first two minutes with front-rower Edenn Rogers-Smith crashing over adjacent to the uprights. Jock Madden successfully converted to give the Magpies an early 6-0 lead.

The Canberra Raiders bounced-back with a great back-line play putting centre Harley Smith-Shields over in the corner. The Magpies took the lead 6-4 over Raiders in the opening ten minutes.

The Raiders continued their momentum with an incredible effort from new recruit Albert Hopoate who crossed the line for a try in the corner. The try was converted by halfback Sam Williams, giving the Raiders a 10-6 lead.

Western Suburbs hooker Jake Simpkin caught the Raiders defence off-guard who dummied and scored under the posts with ten minutes remaining in the first half. This gave the Magpies a 12-10 lead heading into half-time.

The Raiders opened the scoring in the second half through some amazing play from hooker Tom Starling who broke the Magpies defence to put teammate Caleb Aekins in for a try. Brad Schneider converted to give the Raiders a 16-12 lead.

Raiders five-eighth Matt Frawley set-up winger Semi Valemei with a great mid-field chip kick. Valemei went up above the defence and came down to score a great individual try in the corner.

The try extends the Raiders margin by eight to lead 20-12 over the Magpies in the opening fifteen minutes of the second half.

Canberra try-scorer Harley Smith-Shields was placed on report in the 58th minute for a lifting tackle.

Magpie’s front-rower Alex Seyfarth was also placed on report in the 63rd minute for a defensive infringement.

Raiders five-eighth Matt Frawley fooled the defence with a dummy to break the line for an untouched try under the posts. Schneider converted to extend the lead to 26-12.

Alex Seyfarth was again placed on report in the 70th minute, this time for a crusher tackle.

Albert Hopoate crossed for his second try of the afternoon from a great cut-out pass from teammate Brad Schneider. The try gave the Raiders a comfortable 32-12 lead with under ten minutes remaining.

Magpies front rower Alex Seyfarth scored a late try in the final minutes of play. The try was converted by Zach Dockar-Clay on full-time with the Raiders securing a 32-18 victory.

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.