Raiders v Warriors
All the action from yesterday's round six NRL match between the Canberra Raiders and New Zealand Warriors at Canberra Stadium. Photo: Stuart Walmsley
Thanks for joining us for our live blog. The Raiders dominated across the park today to register their third win of the season, in the type of performance fans want to see week-in, week-out. Don't forget they are without a host of stars in Dugan, Shaun Fensom, Trevor Thurling and Joel Thompson to name a few. The win means the Raiders avoid a fifth-straight home loss, while the Warriors are in some trouble now at 2-4 to start the season. For Canberra, Berrigan played his best game in a green jersey, against his former club, while Croker, Ferguson and Robinson were all impressive in the backline. Big TLL was impressive in the engine room. After today's match, I think you can also pencil Todd Carney in as the NSW No.6 - neither Campese or Maloney had much impact on the contest. Don't miss all the wash-up from today's clash in tomorrow's Canberra Times, Sydney Morning Herald and online at LeagueHQ.
Full-time: And that's it from Canberra Stadium. Great win by the Raiders, it could have easily been 40-12 had Croker had his kicking boots on. Raiders 32 - Warriors 12.
75th min: TRY! Croker bags his second try out wide but it all started after a brilliant chip over the try from McCrone was knocked on into the hands of a rampaging Mataora. Croker has been excellent today, with the Raiders' left edge only caught out once. And he nails this conversion from out wide. Raiders 32 - Warriors 12.
70th min: TRY! Reece 'Lightning' Robinson makes a mockery of the Warriors' defence, strolling through out on the left edge to score what surely will be the match-winner. Robinson has been terrific at the back in the absence of the injured Josh Dugan. I'm outraged his Canberra Stadium theme song isn't a John Travolta-Olivia Newton-John special, though. Croker must have two right boots on though, as he shanks another pretty easy conversion attempt. He's 1-6 now. Raiders 26 - Warriors 12.
68th min: Contentious call there. Big Manu busts down the left edge before delivering an inside ball to Ropati, which is called forward. Probably fair enough on replay but the ball looked OK live.
66th min: TRY! Got to love it - my patented kiss-of-death strikes again! Johnson breaks the line with some lovely footwork and delivers a great inside ball for Maloney to score near the posts. He converts his own try and the Warriors are back in the hunt. Raiders 22 - Warriors 12.
64th min: The Warriors look shot here but the Raiders just can't find the killer blow at the moment. The Green Machine went the length of the field there but Campese's grubber at the end of the set had too much weight for the chasing McCrone.
62nd min: But with a try on offer, Travis Waddell spills a difficult Bronson Harrison pass close to the line.
61st min: Great stuff from the Raiders. They threw the ball about like a hot potato on that play and Berrigan finishes it off by pushing Glen Fisiiahi into the in-goal. They're going in for the kill here.
57th min: TRY! That might be enough for the Raiders as a lovely short ball from McCrone sends big Josh Papalii on a 20m dash to the line. The Raiders made that look easy. Can Croker kick one? Oooooohhhh ... only just as it sneaks inside the left upright. Raiders 22 - Warriors 6.
55th min: You can sense the desperation of both teams here. They have both been guilty of pushing plays that aren't on.
52nd min: Jarrad Kennedy's first touch in the NRL is a good one for the Raiders as the Tuross Heads junior makes a determined 12m charge up the middle.
50th min: Unlucky for the Raiders. A lovely Campese kick is spilled by Josh McCrone with a try in the offing. Big let-off for New Zealand.
48th min: PENALTY! The first of the game after 48 minutes. That's the way it should be as the Raiders get marched up to the halfway line. Although I'm slightly shattered a "penalty shutout" didn't come to fruition.
47th min: But the Warriors come unstuck after Feleti Mateo pushes a pass Jerome Ropati is unable to handle.
46th min: A towering spiral bomb from Johnson is spilled by Ferguson. Great chance for the Warriors here with a scrum 10m out.
44th min: But a good tackle from Dane Tilse forces an error from Nathan Friend and the Raiders get out of danger.
43rd min: Joe Picker coughs the ball up. The Warriors have a scrum 40m out from the tryline.
Second half: Campese's left knee is heavily strapped as Maloney prepares to get us under way again.
Stat of the year: The penalty count at half-time is nil-all. I'm in heaven! How good is it just watching a game flow without stop-start whistleblowing for no good reason? Are you watching this rugby refs? These blokes out in the middle should be your new Gods.
Half-time: And that's half-time at Canberra Stadium. How crucial could that Warriors try right on half-time be? They haven't been at the races but despite trailing four tries to one, they are only one four-pointer away from getting right back into this. The Raiders can't let that deflate them. They have looked dangerous every time they have touched the ball, especially Berrigan and Ferguson on the right side of their attack. Big second half coming up here - neither side will want to be 2-4 after six games.
39th min: TRY! A Campese knock-on gifts the Warriors the ball. And the Raiders' left-edge defence is caught out for the first time. Croker rushes up to leave Wighton stranded on his own. Warriors halfback Shaun Johnson holds the pass up perfectly for centre Ben Henry to cross in the right corner. Maloney drills the conversion and all of a sudden the margin is just 10. Raiders 16 - Warriors 6.
35th min: TRY! A fantastic cutout ball from Robinson in a sweeping backline movement to the left gifts Jack Wighton his first try in the NRL in the left corner. They'll be partying at Kelly's Hotel in Orange right now after seeing the Orange CYMS junior do so well to start his first grade career. Go on Bill, give them half-priced drinks for the rest of the game champ! Croker misses again - he's 0-4 after coming into the game at 13-15. It's the only thing keeping the Warriors in the game right now. Raiders 16 - Warriors 0.
34th min: A great chase from big Manu prevents Ferguson from scoring an 80m try, as the Raiders knock it on at the end of the set close to the tryline. Hold the phone! The Warriors have knocked it on as well. The Raiders will get a scrum 10m out here.
31st min: Croker is down sucking in the big ones for the Raiders. Please, please ... not the Canberra Stadium sniper! Campese also appears to be limping. Croker is back in the defensive line now, thankfully.
30th min: But a poor kick allows Berrigan to clean up the play and charge out to the 30m line.
29th min: The Warriors have a chance here after Sam Mataora knocks on coming off his own line.
26th min: TRY! Whose left-edge defence is suspect? The Raiders burn the Warriors down that side again after Berrigan stands in the tackle before offloading for an unmarked Ferguson to score in the right corner. It looks all too easy for the Green Machine so far today. Frustrating for Raiders fans, because this is the sort of performance they are after every week, not every fortnight. Croker's conversion comes back off the right upright. That's the best thing you can say about the Warriors so far - is that Croker has missed all three conversion attempts. Raiders 12 - Warriors 0.
22nd min: With the Raiders on the attack, Maloney scoops up a poor Campese grubber to put the Warriors deep on the attack. But Wighton cleans up at the end of the set for the Raiders.
18th min: TRY! The Raiders are in again. Ferguson helps regain a midfield bomb and a couple of plays later the Green Machine spreads it left for Croker to stroll over out wide. Great stuff from the home team there. The Warriors look like they are still holidaying in Jamberoo, after spending this week at Kiama. Come on Warriors, can you control the action? Croker again sprays the conversion from a pretty easy angle. Raiders 8 - Warriors 0.
15th min: That woke up the crowd! We're going to the video referee for a potential try to Reece Robinson. A lovely pass from Shaun Berrigan put Ferguson away down the right wing. He chipped over the top and although the ball came off Robinson's torso, he managed to ground the ball. TRY! And that's the way the video ref has seen it too. Jarrod Croker sprays his conversion wide. Raiders 4 - Warriors 0.
12th min: A poor last-play option from the Raiders sees Joe Picker caught in possession on the final tackle close to the tryline.
10th min: No doubt about that bomb as Ferguson turned into Steve Hooker to outleap Vatuvei. It's been a pretty sleepy start by both sides so far. As Chief Wiggum would say: "Move along, nothing to see here."
8th min: Let-off for the Raiders. It looked like Ferguson knocked on a bomb under pressure from Vatuvei but the referee saw differently and orders the handover.
4th min: It looks like big Manu is on the Warriors' left edge instead of the right, which puts him up against Blake Ferguson instead of Jack Wighton. Interesting choice by the Warriors given Vatuvei has spent time on the right side at different stages this season. Strange they wouldn't want to test the Raiders' left edge after last weekend.
2nd min: And at the end of the set, Campese's cross-field bomb to Jack Wighton goes into touch on the full by several metres. The Raiders have picked up where they left off last Monday night in their scrappy effort against the Cowboys.
1st min: Wow! Shocking start for the Raiders. From the kick-off, Simon Mannering charges straight through a feeble attempted tackle from David Shillington and Tom Learoyd-Lahrs to charge up over halfway. Luckily for the Green Machine, he knocks the ball on at the end of the play.
Key match-ups: All eyes will be on five-eighths Terry Campese and James Maloney this afternoon. Both are still a shot at earning NSW jerseys and whoever wins this battle could gain a massive edge in the selection battle. The Raiders' left edge defence was embarrassed last Monday by the Cowboys. Jarrod Croker and Jack Wighton in particular will need to be on their games to stop Manu 'The Beast' Vatuvei. Let's hope the Canberra Stadium sniper, who brought an early end to the seasons of Brumbies flyhalf Matt Toomua and Raiders prop Brett White within 48 hours of each other last weekend after innocuous incidents, is scared off by the impending sound of the kick-off hooter, which sounds like a warning horn for a natural disaster. Tip: Raiders by 1.
Team news: As revealed first in The Canberra Times this week, skipper Terry Campese and prop David Shillington will both start for the Raiders this afternoon. Dane Tilse drops back to the bench. For the Warriors, Feleti Mateo and Ben Matulino drop to the bench, with Lewis Brown and Russell Packer moving into the starting 13.
Preamble: Join Dan "the big man" Briggs as he brings you all the action live from Canberra Stadium where the Raiders take on the Warriors. The Warriors have in the past week relaxed in a water park, and were seen yesterday at Canberra's largest shopping centre. But the holiday ends today for Manu and his fellow massive men - there are some monsters among them - as they go in search of a valuable two points. The Raiders haven't strung two wins together so far this season, but they haven't strung two losses together either, so today might be their day.