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NSW Cup & Jersey Flegg round one wrap

Round one of the Knock on Effect NSW Cup and Jersey Flegg competitions kicked off over the weekend, with Canberra Raiders reserve grade sides both recording losses. 

Knock On Effect NSW Cup

The Raiders NSW Cup team suffered a 36-22 defeat at the hands of the Newtown Jets at Henson Oval on Saturday afternoon.

The Jets scored the opening try in just the first minute of the match but Canberra answered back quickly to level the scores with Ata Mariota scoring a four-pointer and Sam Williams converting. 

However, Newtown broke away late in the half to take a 24-12 lead into the break. 

The second half was a much tighter contest with both teams defending well and only scoring two tries a piece. 

A positive for Canberra to take away from the loss was the performance of Xavier Savage who starred for the Raiders with two tries, 11 tackle breaks and 188 running metres.

Their attention now shifts to Sunday when they take on the Bulldogs at Accor Stadium in Sydney Olympic Park.

Jersey Flegg Cup

The Canberra Raiders met the Cronulla Sharks in Round 1 of the Jersey Flegg Cup, going down 42-24 in Sydney.

Following an early error from the Raiders, the Sharks hit the scoreboard with a try through winger Trentham Petersen.

Peterson crossed over for a double 20 minutes later to score two out of Cronulla’s four first half tries.

Trailing 18-8 at the half-time break, Canberra came out guns blazing in the second half, taking the lead in the 48th minute after tries to Josh Billing and Loghan Lewis.

But the Sharks broke away again, scoring three more tries to secure the victory.

Canberra’s Jersey Flegg Cup side will take on the Bulldogs at Belmore Sports Ground in round two on Saturday afternoon.

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.