The Canberra Raiders Jersey Flegg team have gone down to the Cronulla Sharks 42-8 at GIO Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
The Raiders opened the scoring in the fourth minute when Josh Billing pounced on a perfectly-weighted grubber from Sione Vuki. Vuki’s conversion was successful to give the Raiders an early 6-0 lead.
The Sharks hit back in the seventh minute when Jordan Samrani scored. Ryan Rivett missed the conversion attempt, with the Raiders holding onto a two-point lead, 6-4.
The Sharks took the lead for the first time in the game at the 15th minute mark, when hooker Samuel Healey darted over from dummy half to score. Rivett added the two points to give the Sharks a 10-6 lead.
The Sharks further extend their lead in the 24th minute, when Manaia Waitere was on the end of some impressive Sharks play. Rivett missed the conversion, with the Sharks taking a 14-6 lead.
Rivett was next to score for the Sharks in the 27th minute, also adding another conversion to give his side a 20-6 lead.
Vuki added a penalty goal right on half-time to reduce the Raiders’ deficit to 12 points, 20-8.
The Sharks didn’t waste any time getting back on the scoreboard in the second half, with Samrani crossing for his second try in the 37th minute. Rivett again added the two points to give the Sharks a 26-8 lead.
The Sharks extended their lead in the 43rd minute when Toby Boothroyd hit a great hole to score. Rivett’s conversion was successful, with the Sharks taking a 32-8 lead.
Waitere scored his second of the afternoon two minutes later, with Rivett adding the two points, giving the away side a 38-6 lead.
The Sharks added one more try before the end of the game, with Samrani scoring his third of the afternoon in the 67th minute.