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Raiders show incredible fight in comeback win over Bulldogs

The Toyota Forklifts Canberra Raiders have secured a remarkable 24-20 victory over the Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs at Suncorp Stadium in Magic Round.

A strong defensive performance from the Green Machine ensured that Canberra left Brisbane with the two points. 

Fresh off the bye, the Raiders got off to a flying start as Savage pounced on a Tracey error from an impressive Weekes midfield bomb to open the scoring.

Despite a 6-0 advantage, Canterbury held the better of the chances in the opening twenty, the best a move down their left edge only to be prevented by Addo Carr's right boot. 

The Raiders were presented with another gift from the Bulldogs after a strong tackle on Kiraz forced the ball loose, Kris accepting and scoring his first. 

Preston pounced on a loose ball to put the Dogs on the board, after Savage and Rapana collided attempting to defuse a Hutchinson grubber. 

Preston looked to have his second after a break down the right side only for a lapse in concentration when receiving the ball on the inside. 

Jordan Rapana was sent to the sin bin in the 35th minute after a professional foul on Josh Addo Carr. 

The Bulldogs took full advantage of the one-man advantage after a slick movement to the left was finished off by Stephen Crichton. 

Canberra would be reduced to eleven after Josh Papalii was sin binned for a hip drop on back rower Viliame Kikau. 

With only seconds remaining in the half, the Bulldogs would take a risk with Burton following through a kick from his halves partner and take a 14-12 lead into the break.

The visitors scored their fourth try in a row when the second half resumed through slick hands from Crichton put Kiraz over untouched. 

The Green Machine were the next to score through a sharp pass from Ethan Strange placed Young into open space to reduce the margin to two points. 

The following fifteen minutes saw the Bulldogs attack the Raiders line only to be refused by strong defence. 

This impressive defence would be rewarded when Kaeo Weekes broke the game wide open with a dazzling run which beat multiple defenders. 

Weekes was dragged down metres from the line, however Young converted the following play, scoring his second in the process. 

A tense final minutes kept fans on the edge of their seat with the Raiders defence showing resilience and holding on for a four-point victory.

The Canberra Raiders return home to GIO Stadium for a contest against the Sydney Roosters next Saturday at 3pm. 

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.