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Raiders roll Eels with big second half

Three tries in the space of nine minutes lifted the Raiders to a 38-16 victory over the Eels, which saw them claim the maximum 15 Pre-Season Challenge points on offer. 

Having failed to win either of their games in last year's Pre-Season Challenge, the Raiders burned their opponents with a red-hot period late in the third quarter which saw them score 18 points between the 52nd and 61st minutes at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium in Sydney. 

Having also hit the threshold of five line breaks and 10 offloads, in addition to scoring at least five tries, the Raiders claimed all of the available bonus points which go towards determining winner of the $100,000 challenge

Raiders centre hopeful James Schiller boosted his prospects with a strong performance in which provided a try assist for Jed Stuart – son of head coach Ricky – and scored a stunning 105-metre effort of his own after he collected a wayward Eels kick and took it to the house. 

James Schiller Try

Despite the result, Parra will likely take plenty of positives from the hit out, which included good showings from players in two of their positions that are up for grabs ahead of Round 1. 

Sean Russell was busy on the wing and had a first half try, while hooker Brendan Hands took advantage of his chance to shine in the absence of his biggest positional rival, Joey Lussick, with an assured game. 

While Parra raced out to an early 10-0 lead with tries to Ofahiki Ogden and Russell, the Raiders eventually found their feet and hit back with a try to Kaeo Weekes off a clever Nick Cotric kick and another to train-and-trial prop Peter Taateo. 

Peter Taateo Try

Following a lengthy review from the Bunker, Bailey Simmonson's 45-minute put down was cleared, but minutes later Schiller changed the game with his two try involvements. 

Further tries to Peter Hola, Adam Cook and Noah Martin blew the scoreline out. 

Match Snapshot 

  • Zac Woolford and Eels counterpart Matthew Arthur both failed head injury assessments in the first half. 
  • Raiders interchange forward Noah Martin went on report and was sent to the sin bin for a shoulder charge minutes into the second half, while earlier Makahesi Makatoa was placed on report for a hip-drop style tackle on Xavier Savage in the 28th minute. 

Noah Martin binned for high shot

  • There were a combined 102 tackle breaks in the game, with each side finishing with 51 each. 
  • Parramatta had forwards Ryan Matterson, Kelma Tuilagi, Ofahiki Ogden and Wiremu Greig run for over 100 metres in the loss. 

Play of the Game

One of two tries the Raiders scored off clever quick kicks to the corner on Saturday night. After grabbing an offload close to the line Danny Levi poked the ball perfectly out with to James Schiller who then offloaded for Jed Stuart to score with his second touch of the game. 

Jed Stuart Try

What's Next

The Raiders will have a chance to win Pre-season Challenge in Queanbeyan next Sunday when they take on the Cowboys, while the Eels head to Ipswich to play the Titans. 

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.