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Fulltime: That's all she wrote at a freezing Canberra Stadium, as the Raiders beat the Eels 14-0. It's Canberra's 12th straight win at home, and Parramatta's eighth loss on the trot. The Raiders (9-8) remain in touch with the top eight, while the Eels move a step closer to the wooden spoon.
75min: The Eels will be down to 12 men for the rest of the game, with Joseph Paulo sent to the sin bin for tackling Shaun Fensom without the ball. Fensom was certainly going to score after getting the ball from a Josh McCrone break. No penalty try, but the Raiders take the two points and that should be enough for the win. Croker kicks the penalty. Raiders 14; Eels 0
71min: Campese feigns for a field goal 15m out, but the Eels rush up and he grubbers for the in-goal. It has too much on it and the Eels have it 20m out.
68min:That's an incredible cover tackle by Jarrod Croker to deny the Eels in a fantastic piece of rugby league. Eels fullback Jake Mullaney regathers his own chip kick and finds Ryan Morgan, who is cut down by Croker in an absolutely belter.
65min: Sami Sauiluma produces his best impression of a Jonah Lomu sidestep to go right over the top of Brayden Wiliame. Impressive work by the young Raiders winger. The next set, he can't catch a looping pass from Campese where he would've scored in the corner. Such is life.
60min: Josh McCrone goes close to scoring off a Campese grubber kick but doesn't get there in time.
58min: So that's what a giraffe looks like kicking a footy? The NRL's tallest man, 2m man mountain Dane Tilse, launches up a bomb after a mad scramble of passes. Wiliame cleans it up and runs 20m in a solid return.
56min: Terry Campese dives over the try-line, but it's referred to the video ref for a possible knock-on. That's the final result, as the ball had come loose from Joel Edwards in a Parramatta tackle. No try.
55min: Given the rain, sleet and hail, a crowd of 7,023 is pretty decent for this match between 10th and 16th.
49min: Luke Kelly is playing for a contract and has shown a pretty solid kicking game tonight. The past two have been weighted perfectly and forced Milford to play at them.
45min: Gotta love the courage of Anthony Milford, but almost went over the sideline in bringing the ball back from his own in-goal. Risky play but it comes off.
Second half: Right, I've got a batch of hot chips from the canteen and am good to go for the next 40 minutes.
Halftime: It's cold, it's wet, and the Raiders hold a 12-0 lead over the Parramatta Eels. Tries to Jarrod Croker and Sami Sauiluma give the Raiders the edge in an error-riddled first-half. Brayden Wiliame had the best chance for the Eels but was turned down by the video ref.
37min: Just a couple rolls less and the Raiders were in again. Milford's clever grubber finds open ground but Sauiluma can't get there in time and tumbles over the sponsors signs.
35min: Here comes Queensland forward Josh Papalii off the Raiders bench for his first run tonight. Not exactly what the Eels want to see down 12-0
32min: The rain is once again bucketing down after a short respite. And with that, Willie Tonga fumbles the ball on the first play from a scrum on halfway. Terrible
28min: TRY: That's simply sensational from Terry Campese to throw a lovely cut-out pass to an open Sami Sauiluma to stroll over in the corner. Guess who's wing it was? None other than Wiliame, poor bloke is having a tough night. Croker converts. Raiders 12; Eels 0
26min: Gee, that's mighty close, just lucky we haven't got the DRS system checking Wiliame's put down. Kelly puts in a clever chip kick to his winger, but it's deemed no try. Only inches in it.
24min: Raiders blowing up as Anthony Milford is deemed to have been caught in-goal for the second straight time. Gets worse for the Raiders as Campese puts the drop-out over the sideline on the full.
23min: Conditions are bringing the Eels back into this. Nowhere near the $8 outsiders they were at the start of the game. A neat grubber kick forces as repeat set.
19min: He's been criticised for his quiet running game, but Terry Campese is making up for it with his dominant kicking game. Putting the Eels on the back foot with every 50m plus drive.
17min: For anyone trying to sell rugby league overseas, here's a tip - burn the tape of this game ASAP. Mistakes everywhere due to the slippery conditions.
14min: Parramatta's backs are in for a long night. Jake Mullaney spills one over the sideline in picking up the wet pill, but Semi Radradra holds his nerve to catch a chip kick. Raiders force a drop out.
10min: Handling errors from both sides. With the rain pouring, this is going to get ugly. Luke Kelly's grubber has too much on it and goes dead. But the Raiders drop the ball again and the Eels are on the attack.
6min: TRY: The Raiders strike first, Jarrod Croker cleaning up the scraps from a Campese bomb to get the hosts on the board. Eels rookie Brayden Wiliame looked all at sea as he attempted to catch the high ball through the pouring rain. Croker converts. Raiders 6; Eels 0
3min: Great first set from the Raiders. After getting a penalty to get out of their own half, Campese's grubber kick on the last allows the Raiders to wrap up the Eels in their own in-goal.
And we're away, with the Raiders receiving the ball on their own line.
#Canberra App Temp is -5.5c Wind is at 43km/h & 6.0mm of rain. @LeagueUnlimited @Tuxy81 @Lee_Gaskin1 @crowdiegal @TheGHRaiders #nrlcanpar — Z (@ZSpecialUnit) July 20, 2013
Beautiful night for rugby league
Here comes the rain! Victor the Viking braving the conditions as the players are a couple of minutes from kicking off.
Welcome to a chilly Canberra Stadium where Mother Nature has thrown everything at us today. Hail, sleet, rain and even a bit of sunshine. Right now, the rain's stopped and we're close to kickoff between the Raiders and the Eels.
Prop Brett White returns from a fractured eye socket for the Raiders, with Sam Mataora dropping out. Queensland forward Josh Papalii moves to the bench with Jarrad Kennedy in the starting side.
The Eels are 1-17 as they attempt to snap a seven-game losing streak.
Canberra Stadium, Saturday 5.30pm (AEST)
Last meeting: Round 10 2012 - Raiders 40 bt Eels 34 at Canberra Stadium
Head-to-head: Raiders 23 Parramatta 24
Referees: Jason Robinson, Gavin Morris
TV: Live, FoxSports 1
TAB: Raiders $1.09 Parramatta $8.00
FootyTab: Eels +14.5
Phil Mitchell writes: How the mighty have fallen. From August 6, 1993, to April 28, 1995, the Raiders were unbeatable at Canberra Stadium, winning a club-record 17 consecutive matches. And the architect of their success was halfback Ricky Stuart, whose potent passing and masterful kicking helped to define the decade. Twenty years on, as coach of last-placed Parramatta, Stuart returns to his old stamping ground in the midst of one of the worst slumps of his playing or coaching career. A Raiders victory would extend his side’s losing streak to eight matches – the club’s worst stretch since 1995 when they lost 11 in a row – and possibly lift the Green Machine back into the top eight. Canberra Stadium has again become a stronghold for the Raiders, who are gunning for a 12th successive home victory.
Phil's tip: Raiders by 24.
AAP writes: It’s highly unlikely the Raiders will have shorter odds than this match for the rest of the year. The Eels have lost their last seven games; the Raiders are gunning for 12 straight wins at Canberra Stadium. Despite injury concerns to their backs, the Raiders’ engine room will be hard to slow down if David Shillington and Maroons enforcer Josh Papalii - who reneged on a deal with the Eels earlier in the year - continue their great form.
Key: Raiders fullback Anthony Milford has been superb for the Raiders and he’ll only be harder to stop this week after a brilliant solo try against the Cowboys in round 17.
RAIDERS: Anthony Milford, Reece Robinson, Jarrod Croker, Joel Thompson, Sami Sauiluma, Terry Campese (capt), Josh McCrone, David Shillington, Glen Buttriss, Dane Tilse, Josh Papalii, Joel Edwards, Shaun Fensom. Interchange: Shaun Berrigan, Jarrad Kennedy, Sam Mataora, Paul Vaughan, Jake Foster (one to be omitted).
EELS: Jake Mullaney, Semi Radradra, Ryan Morgan, Willie Tonga, Brayden Wiliame, Ben Roberts, Luke Kelly, Tim Mannah (capt), Matt Keating, Fuifui Moimoi, Reni Maitua, Daniel Harrison, Darcy Lussick. Interchange: Kaysa Pritchard, Peni Terepo, Joseph Paulo, Junior Paulo.