Raiders down Bulldogs in Goulburn trial
Five-eighth Josh McCrone steered Canberra to a 22-18 trial win over last year's NRL grand finalists Canterbury in Goulburn on Saturday night.
The five-tries-to-three victory was played in difficult conditions with strong winds and driving rain lashing the NSW Southern Tablelands.
Canberra rocketed home in the second half with 18 points in 16 minutes after trailing for most of the match.
The Bulldogs went into halftime leading 6-4 thanks to Sam Perrett's try, while Blake Ferguson opened Canberra's account after a kick from McCrone was batted back by winger Sandor Earl to the rangy centre in the 32nd minute.
The Bulldogs, who fielded a strong team including fullback Ben Barba, hooker and skipper Michael Ennis and five-eighth Josh Reynolds, were quick to get on the scoreboard in the second half when star centre Josh Morris crossed after just four minutes.
Morris got on the end of a Kris Keating kick and planted the ball, with Krisnan Inu converting from out wide to make it 12-4.
Ennis, Barba and Morris left the field in the 57th minute and the Raiders crashed over soon after as they went on a scoring rampage to grab a 22-12 lead.
A McCrone cross-field kick resulted in a try to Raiders speedster Dimitri Pelo before big forward Tom Learoyd-Lahrs powered over from close range to score a converted try to level the match at 12-12.
Earl and Jarrad Kennedy added tries for the Raiders with the Bulldogs scoring a consolation four-pointer through replacement fullback Drury Low in the dying minutes.
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