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Canberra Raiders Cup Round 11 Wrap

Some high-scoring matches in the Blumers Lawyers Canberra Raiders Cup, with some important wins in the race for the top four. 

Belconnen United Sharks 44 d Yass Magpies 22

The Belconnen United Sharks remain in the hunt for finals after a 44-22 win over the Yass Magpies at Walker Park on Saturday. 

The Sharks started off strongly and never looked back, with their forward pack dominating the middle of the field and providing ample space for their outside backs. 

Livai Kaloutlou, Nukura Ngere, Matthew Woolnough, Sonny Tupuola and PK Amponn-Nyamekye all scored for the visitors in the first half to put the Sharks ahead 28-0. 

Yass forward Manu Vanisi scored right before half-time to bring the score to 28-6 at the break. 

The Sharks picked up right where they left off in the second half, with M Woolnough scoring his second of the day and converting to put his side in front 34-6. 

Magpies winger Nofoaiga Limoni scored a double to give the home crowd something to cheer about, but Belconnen United closed the game out and got the two competition points. 

Belconnen United five-eighth Matthew Woolnough was best on ground, with three tries and three try assists to his name.

The win sees the Sharks finish the round in sixth place on the ladder, three points behind fourth and fifth spot. 

Round 11 Highlights: Yass Magpies v Belconnen United Sharks

Queanbeyan Blues 42 d West Belconnen Warriors 10

The Queanbeyan Blues notched up their third straight win with a dominant peformance against the West Belconnen Warriors at Seiffert Oval. 

Queanbeyan showed why they have the best attack in the competition, running in  seven tries and giving the Warriors defence plenty of headaches. 

Blues captain/coach Terry Campese made his return to the side and it didn't take long for him to make an impact, setting up fullback Matthew Parsons for the first try of the day within the first six minutes. 

The Blues lead 24-0 at the half-time break, with two tries to Parsons and Isaiah Latu and Richard Holani also scoring. 

The home side continued their attacking onslaught in the second half to seal the win. Parsons finished the game with four tries and Holani with two. Parsons has now scored 14 tries across 11 rounds, the competition's top try-scorer. 

Winger Mapu Uasi scored two tries for West Belconnen. 

The Blues sit in second place, two points behind the Bulls in first, while the Warriors slip down to fifth on for-and-against. 

Round 11 Highlights: Queanbeyan Blues v West Belconnen Warriors

Gungahlin Bulls 36 d Tuggeranong Bushrangers 26

The Gungahlin Bulls remain on top of the ladder after a tight 10 point win over the Tuggeranong Bushrangers at Gungahlin Enclosed Oval on Saturday. 

The scores were locked at 26-26 with ten minutes to go, before Bulls forward Josh Allen crashed his way over the try-line for a four-pointer. 

Gungahlin's Eldridge then ran 65 metres to score the final try of the day for the home side, bringing the final score to 36-26.

It was a see-awing first half of action, with both sides going try for try. The Bushrangers went into the break with a 12-10 lead. 

Gungahlin jumped to a 22-12 lead after half-time, but the Tuggeranong side fought back to make it 26 all. 

Bulls centre Keegan Kenny scored a double in the win.

Gungahlin remain two points ahead on top of the ladder, while Tuggeranong sit in eighth spot. 

Round 11 Highlights: Gungahlin Bulls v Tuggeranong Bushrangers

Goulburn City Bulldogs 28 drew Woden Valley Rams 28

A thrilling finish saw the Woden Valley Rams record a draw against Goulburn at Workers Arena on Saturday. 

Trailing by six points and with less than a minute on the clock, Rams centre Aidan Kawiri scored in the corner off the back of a great offload by Sean Maloney. 

Halfback Jackson McDonald then stepped up and kicked the conversion from the sideline, ensuring both sides went away with one point each. 

Goulburn started the game strongly, leading 22-6 after half-time. Max Flack, Jyi Little, Joe Roberts and Bradley Arnall all scored first half tries for the home side. 

But the Rams were able to stage a comeback, with McDonald and Connor Bush scoring two quick tries. 

Steve Cummins went over for Goulburn to make it 28-16, but the Woden side didn't give up and soon made in 28-22 after Bush scored his second of the afternoon. 

The result sees the Bulldogs finish the round in fourth spot, just ahead of the Warriors on for-and-against. 

Round 11 Highlights: Goulburn City Bulldogs v Woden Valley Rams