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Canberra Raiders
Sydney Roosters
H1
16
6

    Canberra Raiders Events

  • 13 mins - Try, J.Rapana
  • 14 mins - Conversion, J.Croker
  • 23 mins - Try, J.Rapana
  • 29 mins - Try, J.Croker
  • 31 mins - Conversion, J.Croker

    Canberra Raiders and Sydney Roosters Events

  • 9 mins - Try, J.Friend
  • 11 mins - Conversion, M.Gordon
H2
8
10

    Canberra Raiders Events

  • 69 mins - Penalty goal, J.Croker
  • 80 mins - Try, A.Sezer
  • 80 mins - Conversion, J.Croker

    Canberra Raiders and Sydney Roosters Events

  • 63 mins - Try, J.Manu
  • 64 mins - Conversion, M.Gordon
  • 74 mins - Try, L.Mitchell
ET
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0

    Canberra Raiders Events

    Canberra Raiders and Sydney Roosters Events

Scorers

Canberra Raiders
Sydney Roosters
Goal Scorers Canberra Raiders Sydney Roosters
Tries Rapana (2), Croker (1), Sezer (1) Friend (1), Manu (1), Mitchell (1)
Conversions Croker (3/4) Gordon (2/3)
Penalty Goals Croker (1/1)
Field Goals

Team Statistics

Canberra Raiders
Sydney Roosters

Statistics

Canberra Raiders Sydney Roosters
Tries 4 3
Conversions 3 2
Penalty Goals 1 0
Field Goals 0 0
Canberra RaidersGoal Scorers
Players R RM OF LB TA K T MT PC ER
B.Austin 6 68 2 1 0 8 11 0 1 2
L.Bateman 11 95 0 0 0 0 27 0 0 0
S.Boyd 15 142 0 0 0 0 37 1 1 1
A.Clydsdale 1 7 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0
N.Cotric 9 87 0 0 0 1 3 1 1 0
J.Croker 10 95 0 0 0 0 12 0 0 2
J.Hodgson 4 56 0 0 0 2 31 2 0 0
J.Leilua 12 116 2 0 1 0 10 2 2 1
D.Lui 7 75 0 0 0 0 18 0 2 0
J.Paulo 15 151 1 0 0 0 26 1 0 1
C.Priest 6 54 0 0 0 0 18 1 0 0
J.Rapana 16 178 2 1 0 0 5 0 0 0
A.Sezer 4 47 2 0 1 8 4 0 0 0
I.Soliola 12 103 1 0 0 0 23 1 0 0
J.Tapine 9 85 1 0 0 0 24 2 2 0
E.Whitehead 11 95 0 1 1 0 38 4 0 1
J.Wighton 14 183 0 0 0 1 3 0 0 0
Sydney RoostersGoal Scorers
Players R RM OF LB TA K T MT PC ER
M.Aubusson 9 56 2 0 1 0 11 0 0 0
L.Collins 4 34 0 0 0 0 13 4 0 1
M.Cornish 1 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
K.Evans 12 110 1 0 0 0 16 1 1 1
J.Friend 3 11 1 1 0 4 59 6 0 0
M.Gordon 8 114 1 1 1 0 5 2 0 1
L.Keary 4 37 0 0 0 8 20 7 0 2
I.Liu 7 68 0 0 0 0 16 0 0 0
J.Manu 13 100 0 1 0 0 3 2 0 2
R.Matterson 13 132 1 0 0 0 42 6 0 0
L.Mitchell 4 55 0 0 0 0 12 3 0 1
C.Smith 2 19 0 0 0 0 18 1 0 0
S.Taukeiaho 14 143 1 0 0 0 33 5 1 1
Z.Tetevano 10 104 1 0 0 0 27 1 0 0
D.Tupou 19 158 1 0 0 0 3 3 1 3
J.Waerea-Hargreaves 10 99 0 0 0 0 33 3 2 1
C.Watson 7 53 0 0 0 0 26 1 0 2

Match Details

Canberra Raiders
Sydney Roosters
START TIME
4:00PM
WEATHER
Possible shower
VENUE
GIO Stadium
Referees
Chris Sutton, David Munro, Henry Perenara, Jared Maxwell, Luke Patten, Russell Turner
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NRL: Canberra Raiders hold off fast-finishing Sydney Roosters

Jordan Rapana's two brilliant tries highlight the attacking force that is the Canberra Raiders, but it was the ability to grind out a close win that most pleased the winger.

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Tetevano's classic case of white line fever

The Roosters could have scored a brilliant try except Zane Tetevano forgot to look to his left.

Rapana's first-half capped off the platform laid by Raiders big boppers Junior Paulo and Shannon Boyd as the Green Machine gutsed out a 24-16 victory over the Sydney Roosters at Canberra Stadium on Sunday - their first win over a top-four team this season.

The 27-year-old also produced a Houdini act that completely deceived Roosters lock Zane Tetevano to save a certain try.

He ran for 156 metres and took his season try tally to 11 in front of 14,786 fans.

After Roosters captain Jake Friend marked his 200th NRL game with the opening try, Rapana scored his brace to swing the game the home team's way.

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His first try came off a Joey Leilua off-load before he beat three Roosters from long range and his second when an overlap appeared to disappear before he stepped back inside to open the door again.

It prompted NRL guru Gus Gould to exclaim: "He'd slip through a keyhole, Rapana".

"We've lost a few close ones in the past, but to get that win it definitely shows we're coming along and able to grind out a match," Rapana said.

"I think I almost blew the first one [try] and [was] lucky the other one they all fell over so I just dived over the line.

"It always gives you a bit of confidence getting tries early and I'd have to say a lot of the credit comes from [Blake Austin], Elliott [Whitehead] and Joey [Leilua], who do all the hard work and I'm just there to finish it off."

But arguably his most important effort came in the second half when the Roosters appeared certain to score, trailing by just 10 points in a second-half arm wrestle.

The visitors had a three-man overlap and 30m to work in with only Rapana to beat.

He somehow convinced Tetevano to hold on to the ball and go for the try himself only to be stopped in his tracks.

"I saw it was a front-rower and thought maybe he might try and go himself here and he did, and blew it. Again, I was just lucky," Rapana said.

Rapana's double and a Jarrod Croker try, which brought up his 1500th NRL point, had set up that 10-point lead in the first half. The Green Machine dominated large parts of the second as well, but just couldn't quite land the killer blow.

Following their State of Origin omission, Canberra big boppers Junior Paulo (99m) and Shannon Boyd (91m) both almost had 100m halves.

The Roosters fought their way back into the game in the final quarter, but appeared to have blown their chance when Tetevano bombed his try.

A Joseph Manu try and a long-range Latrell Mitchell one made it a tight finish, before Raiders halfback Aidan Sezer swooped on a loose ball to score on the siren and seal the result.

NRL pundit Greg Alexander said in the lead-up to the game the Raiders were almost impossible to beat if they held onto the ball, and Raiders coach Ricky Stuart said first-half possession had been a key.

He admitted you'd have to be "Superman" not to get nervous at the end of the game.

"We had about 16 out of 19 [sets completed] in the first half and then that gives you a little bit of consistent flow of football, that helps when you've got those types of guys attacking wise [like Rapana]," Stuart said.

"We haven't had those types of stats over the last month and I thought we were more disciplined with the football tonight and then that helps you defensively."

AT A GLANCE

CANBERRA RAIDERS 24 (Jordan Rapana 2, Jarrod Croker, Aidan Sezer tries; Croker 4 goals) bt SYDNEY ROOSTERS 16 (Jake Friend, Joseph Manu, Latrell Mitchell tries; Michael Gordon 2 goals) at Canberra Stadium. Referees: Henry Perenara, Dave Munro. Crowd: 14,786.