Round 17 of the Canberra Raiders Cup brought some high scoring games across the grounds with only one round remaining before finals with the top four sides locked in.
West Belconnen Warriors 27 d Woden Valley Rams 24
The West Belconnen Warriors have defeated the Woden Valley Rams in what was an elimination match for fourth spot.
West Belconnen cemented their place in the top four, knocking the Rams out of finals contention with one game left in the season before finals.
West Belconnen’s winger Brandon Withers and five-eighth Bayley Graham stole the show with Withers scoring a double and Graham kicking an important field goal.
Both sides scored five tries each but Brandon Withers was able to kick three from five conversions, while the Rams only slotted through two from five.
The game was tight the whole way through with the halftime score at 16-12 in favour of the Warriors.
Despite the Rams taking the lead in the second half at one point, it was not enough as the Warriors proved too classy for Woden, closing out the win.
The Warriors will now take on the second-placed Sharks next Saturday for the final round of the season.
While the Rams will face the Tuggeranong Bushrangers next Saturday.
Tuggeranong Bushrangers 66 d Yass Magpies 0
The Tuggeranong Bushrangers came out with a point to prove ahead of the finals, puting a score on Yass on Saturday.
With the win, the Bushrangers slot back into second place on the ladder on equal points with third placed Sharks.
Tuggeranong winger Jayden Pollard was the star for the side scoring a double and proving too good for the Magpies defence.
The Bushrangers will now take on Woden Valley Rams on Saturday in what will be a high-intensity match.
While the Magpies will take on the Goulburn City Bulldogs.
Queanbeyan Kangaroos 44 d Belconnen United Sharks 8
The Queanbeyan Kangaroos have shown once again why they are the number one contenders and the minor premiers.
The Roos had a trick up their sleeve in the form of fullback Kaine Pagura who scored four tries for the Queanbeyan side in their win.
Sam Williams was yet again another standout kicking six from six on what was a windy afternoon.
Belconnen did not look to be involved in the game at any point only scoring two tries.
The Roos still dominate the try and point scoring leaderboards, led by Harry Quinlan with 15 tries and Sam Williams on 185 points for the season.
The Kangaroos will face the Queanbeyan Blues on Saturday in the Queanbeyan derby, meanwhile the Sharks will face West Belconnen in a third v fourth playoff.
Queanbeyan Blues 36 d Gungahlin Bulls 33
The Blues have continued to establish hope for next season after defeating the Bulls in what was a tight game.
In a back and forth encounter, a late try to Queanbeyan proved to be the difference, closing out a huge win in their last home game for the year.
Blues fullback, Mathew Parsons was the star of the show taking home a double in the game.
Unfortunately for the Bulls, their season is finished as they have a bye this weekend to close out the season.
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