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Live: Canberra Raiders v Cronulla Sharks


Lee Gaskin

The Cronulla Sharks head to Canberra Stadium looking to record their sixth straight win of the season. Standing in their way is a Canberra Raiders outfit desperate to prove they can still be a premiership force without injured five-eighth Terry Campese. Lee Gaskin brings you all the action from 2pm.

Fulltime: Reece Robinson scores a consolation try for the Raiders in the final minute, but the Sharks cruise home to record their sixth win in a row, running out easy 44-22 winners. Todd Carney was simply brilliant in the eight tries to four victory and keeps the 6-2 Sharks within the top four. Meanwhile for the 3-5 Raiders, they failed to fire in their first game without skipper Terry Campese, out for the rest of the season with a serious knee injury.

78min: It doesn't get any easier for the 3-5 Raiders next week, taking on last year's premiers Manly at Brookvale Oval next Sunday. The Sharks will be chasing their seventh straight win against South Sydney at ANZ Stadium next Monday night.

76min: The Sharks have dominated possession, with twice as much as the Raiders. All in all, a comprehensive performance from the visitors. Can this be their year? Great defence from John Williams to bundle Blake Ferguson over the sideline near the corner post.

71min: Are the Sharks serious? Todd Carney lines up for a penalty goal when they're leading by only 24 points. The flags go up, the Sharks lead 44-18

69min: The sting has definitely gone out of the game. The Sharks bomb another certain try-scoring chance with a simple knock-on close to the line.

63min: Great reward for Colin Best, the veteran centre becoming the 10th Sharks player to notch 50 career tries with a neat finish down the left-hand touchline. Nothing special in the play, just good quick hands and poor defence from the Raiders. Carney misses the conversion. Sharks 42-18

59min: Surely the Raiders can't comeback from here? Josh Dugan gives those home fans who stuck around some hope with a lovely inside run to score. Croker's conversion makes the score 38-18 to the Sharks

57min: An obstruction call against Todd Carney on Sam Williams denies Andrew Fifita from extending the Sharks' advantage.

55min: As if it couldn't get worse for the Raiders, hooker Glen Buttriss, one of the side's best, is off the field with a knee injury and is unlikely to return.

54min: This could get ugly. The Sharks are in again, Williams getting his double off a lovely fend from Colin Best, turning back the clock in a vintage performance. Guess who started the play? That man Carney, lock him in for Melbourne on May 23 to face the Queenslanders. Carney misses the goal. Sharks 38-12

52min: Shut the gate, the Sharks are home. Jeff Robson seals Cronulla's sixth straight win, the cagey halfback slicing past Tom Learoyd-Lahrs to score under the posts. Carney's conversion makes the score 34-12.

49min: Victor the Viking breathes easy after John Williams bombs what would've been the match-winner for the Sharks. Williams regathers a clever Carney kick, but desperate defence from Josh Dugan is enough for Williams to drop the ball in the process of grounding it.

47min: Just a matter of time before the Sharkies deliver the knock-out blow. Andrew Fifita held up over the line, but Carney, composed as ever, forces another drop-out. Luckily Josh Dugan has the biggest boot in the game, launching another 65m drop kick.

42min: A bit of harlem globetrotters stuff from the Raiders, McCrone, Fensom offloading before Dugan grubber kicks through. Mills makes a mess of it, but Jarrod Croker can't ground the ball down properly. Video ref has several looks before giving the no try signal.

Halftime: It's the Todd Carney show here today, two try assists for Canberra's former kid prodigy as the Sharks have enjoyed 60 per cent of possession. Both teams over 80 per cent completion rates but the Raiders unable to contain the Sharks once they get within the attacking 20.

40min: Stewart Mills is a day late in getting to Canberra, the Sharks winger could've got a start for the GWS Giants yesterday after a stunning over-head grab top score his team's fifth try of the first half. Another Carney pin-point Carney kick set it up, surely he's a shoo-in for the NSW No 6 jersey. Sharks lead the Raiders 28-12 at halftime.

36min: Who said size matters, little halfback Sam Williams knocking the ball loose from Sharks back-rower Sam Tagataese with a solid hit.

33min: First a kicker, now Paul Gallen turns playmaker with a magic short ball to a barnstorming Jeremy Smith, who in turn puts John Morris under the posts. A crucial blow just before halftime. Carney makes no mistake with the conversion. Sharks lead 22-12

32min: And that's why wingers should stay out of the middle of the park, John Williams absolutely crunched by a couple of Raiders big men

29min: Terry who? Josh McCrone does it all himself to score both his and the Raiders second try of the day. The Country representative shows and goes, darting through the line and running extremely close to the dead-ball line. Croker kicks the conversion, Raiders trail 16-12

27min: The Sharks are in total control, making minimal mistakes and Carney keeping the Raiders pinned inside their own 20 with a superb kicking display.

26min: Useless stat No 2 - The Sharks haven't won more than seven games in a season since 2008. If they hold on, they'll have won six from their first eight this year.

24min: Another Sharks try comes from a kick, Raiders centre Jarrod Croker taking an airswing at a grubber kick, allowing Jayson Bukuya to force the ball down. Carney's conversion makes it 16-6 to the Sharks

21min: Sharks halfback Jeff Robson seeing stars after a collision with Blake Ferguson. Robson's back on his feet with the Sharks on the attack.

18min: Jayson Bukuya lets the Raiders off the hook, spilling the ball with no-one around him. The Raiders have made three goal-line drop outs already, great pressure from the Sharks.

16min: Wow! John Williams displays incredible acrobatic skills to get the ball down in the left-hand corner. The video ref needed several looks before giving the green light, amazing finish and a great pass from the evergreen Colin Best. Carney misses the conversion. Sharks lead 10-6

14min: Carney shortening in the betting market for the NSW No 6 jersey, sensational start to the game for the Sharks half

12min: Useless stat number one - Sam Williams collected the three Dally M points in his NRL debut in a 40-12 thrashing of the Sharks in round one last year.

11min: And just like that, the Raiders hit back. In his f irst game this year, Sam Williams goes to the air on the last tackle, John Williams making a mess of it and Josh McCrone getting their first to ground his hands on the ball. Jarrod Croker's conversion ties up the scores at 6-all

9min: Sharks making plenty of easy metres out of their own half, Raiders need to rush up quicker in defence.

6min: Those fans chanting expletives at Carney have something else to get angry at, after the former Raiders star delivers a chip kick to set up Ben Pomeroy for the opening try. Carney converts, Sharks lead 6-0

3min: Is there anything Paul Gallen can't do. The Sharks skipper puts through a delicate grubber kick on the last tackle, forcing the Raiders to take it over the dead ball line.

1min: Dugan tests out his shoulder early, chiming into the line and making a half break on the left-edge.

Kickoff: Todd Carney has won two of his three games against the Raiders, let's see if the Sharks star can make it three from four against his old team. Mixed reaction from fans during the pre-game introductions.

1.47pm: Just bumped into Bronson Harrison, expects to be back for the Raiders for next week's trip to Brookvale Oval to face Manly

1.35pm: The Canberra Raiders have made a couple of late changes, with star fullback Josh Dugan back in for his first game in more than a month. Reece Robinson moves to the wing, with Jack Wighton shifting out of the side. Kiwi international Bronson Harrison is out with an ankle injury, with Joel Thompson starting in the back row and Joe Picker moving on the bench. The Cronulla Sharks will line-up as named.

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SOU 18vs CBY 32 Report Stats
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NEW 18vs CBY 20 Stats
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