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Canberra Raiders Cup Round 12 Wrap

The West Belconnen Warriors are back in the top four after defeating the Yass Magpies, while the Queanbeyan Blues were victorious in the derby clash. 

Tuggeranong Bushrangers 32 d Belconnen United Sharks 22

The Tuggeranong Bushrangers came from behind to claim a ten point win over the Belconnen United Sharks at Greenway Oval on Saturday. 

Belconnen United jumped to an early 12-0 lead, with fullback Livai Kaloutolu and hooker Ewen McCarroll both scoring. 

The Bushrangers hit back a few minutes later, with five-eighth Michael Brophy scooting over the try-line from dummy-half, closing the gap to 12-4. The Sharks hit back after second rower Nukurua Ngere beat multiple defenders to score under the posts. 

Tuggeranong winger Brigham Moeakiola scored just before half-time, bringing the score-line to 18-10 at the break. 

The home side turned things around in the second half, stepping up their attack and running in four straight tries. Jack Sandford, Jordan Martin, Julian Haywood-Whiley and Liam Oakley all scored within a crucial 25 minute period, all but sealing the Bushrangers win. 

Sharks' McCarroll got one back for the visitors, but it wasn't enough as Tuggeranong held on for the win. 

The Bushrangers are sitting in seventh place on the ladder, equal on points with the Sharks. 

Round 12 Highlights: Tuggeranong Bushrangers v Belconnen United Sharks

Queanbeyan Blues 44 d Queanbeyan Kangaroos 12

The Queanbeyan Blues showed why they have the best attack and defence in the competition with a dominant win over their cross-town rivals the Queanbeyan Kangaroos at Seears Workwear Oval on Saturday. 

The Roos had some great field position early on in the clash off the back of some Blues errors, but the home side couldn't break through the Blues defence. 

The Blues capitalised on their first opportunity down the Roos end of the field, and it was centre Cyprian Ale that opened the scoring. 

Lead by five-eighth Terry Campese, the Blues side kept on finding space in the Roos defence and continued racking up the points. 

Michael Asomua, Isaiah Latu and Matthew Parsons all scored first half four-pointers, with the scoreline reading 28-0 at the break. 

Kangaroos five-eighth Thomas Casey scored a much needed try for his side after the break, bringing the score to 28-4. 

But the Blues continues their attacking onslaught, running in three more tries. Jayden Baxter scored the Roos other try in the 63rd minute. 

Blues fullback Matthew Parsons and second-rower Isaiah Lau both scored doubles in the win.

Parsons has now scored 16 tries so far this season, and sits on top of the top try-scorers list in the competition. 

The Blues are now just one point behind the first-placed Gungahlin team, and they will look to snatch the minor premiership in the next couple of rounds. 

The Roos have dropped to fourth place on the ladder, equal with the Bulldogs. 

Round 12 Highlights: Queanbeyan Kangaroos v Queanbeyan Blues

Gungahlin Bulls 22 drew Goulburn City Bulldogs 22

The Goulburn City Bulldogs recorded their second draw in as many weeks, with a 22-all scoreline against the Gungahlin Bulls at Gungahlin Enclosed Oval on Saturday. 

In what was a see-sawing affair, Gungahlin led 22-18 with less than a minute on the clock before Goulburn spread the ball wide and found winger Jyi Little who scored in the corner. 

Five-eighth Issac Walker had a chance to win the game with a sideline conversion but missed to the right, leaving the scores level. 

It was a tight first half from both sides, with the City Bulldogs leading 12-6 at the half-time break. 

The Bulls levelled the scores right after half-time, with Jackson Owen regathering the ball of the kick-off and scoring a try. 

Goulburn's Walker showed his strength close to the try-line, slamming the ball down on the tryline with three defenders hanging off him, putting his side ahead 18-12. 

Gungahlin weren't going down without a fight though and they soon hit the lead thanks to tries to Matthew Fellows and Noah Saddler. 

Goulburn then scored in the final minute to level the scores. 

Gungahlin remain on top of the ladder, while Goulburn sit in fifth place.

Round 12 Highlights: Gungahlin Bulls v Goulburn City Bulldogs

West Belconnen Warriors 18 d Yass Magpies 16

The West Belconnen Warriors bounced back from last week's loss with an important two point win over the Yass Magpies at Raiders Belconnen on Sunday. 

The win was a big one for the Warriors in the top four race. They now sit in third place, one point ahead of the Roos and Bulldogs. 

West Belconnen lead 12-0 after ten minutes, with tries to centre Kane Rushton and fullback Brandon Withers. 

Yass winger Bayley Maher hit back for the visitors in the 20th minute, scoring in the corner to close the gap to 12-4. 

Withers got his second try of the day late in the first half, with the home side going into the break with a handy 18-4 lead. 

The Magpies staged a second half comeback with tries to Bailey Timmer and Caleb Esera, but the Warriors held on to claim the two points. 

Round 12 Highlights: West Belconnen Warriors v Yass Magpies

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.