The Raiders NSW Cup and Jersey Flegg sides experienced a mixed bag of results, as both teams continue their assault on finals football.
NSW Cup Highlights | Raiders v Sea Eagles - Round 20
The NSW Cup side fell short of a victory on the weekend against the Sea Eagles as they remain fifth on the ladder with six games remaining in the regular season.
The Raiders went down 24-18 at HE Laybutt Field in Sydney on Sunday as the Sea Eagles ended the Raiders three game winning streak.
The six-point loss didn’t come without a hard-fought battle in the middle, with the Raiders desperate to build on Hohepa Puru’s try in the 74th minute in a desperate attempt to clench the victory.
Prop Trey Mooney went over to score the Raiders first try of the game in the early minutes, with Adrian Trevilyan also scoring in what was his first game back from an ACL injury.
The kicking boot of Joshua James kept the Raiders in the game, with the Sea Eagles only kicking two from their five attempted shots at goal.
The Raiders went into the half time break in the lead by four points, however, three tries to the Sea Eagles in the second half put the game out of reach for the Green Machine.
Puru left everything out on the field on Sunday, with the lock leading the Raiders for tackles and run metres along with his first try in his NSW Cup career.
The loss leaves the Raiders tied on points with the fourth-placed Warriors despite the Raiders playing one less game, giving them every possibility of grasping a top four spot.
The Raiders take on the Warriors on Friday afternoon in New Zealand in a battle for a top four spot.
Match: Sea Eagles v Raiders
Round 20 -
Venue: HE Laybutt Field, Sydney
The Raiders Jersey Flegg team have secured their third win on the trot as they spark their late surge into finals contention.
The Raiders defeated the Wests Tigers 18-8 on Sunday afternoon at Lidcombe Oval, Sydney keeping themselves within two competition points from the eighth placed Eels.
The Tigers were the first on the scoreboard thanks to their centre Tony Sukkar, but the Raiders clicked into gear soon after with tries to Siamani Leuluai and Josh Billing in the first half to lead 12-4 at the break.
A Tigers sin bin at the end of the first half swung the momentum in the Raiders favour, holding out the Tigers to claim their sixth win of the season.
A try to halfback Mitch Henderson along with all three successful conversions helped the Raiders to a comfortable victory.
A bye round awaits the Raiders next weekend, with a home game to come the following weekend against the Newcastle Knights at Raiders Belconnen, Canberra.
Match: Wests Tigers v Raiders
Round 20 -
Venue: Lidcombe Oval, Sydney