Rugby League

Croker brilliance steers Raiders twenties to come-from-behind win

They're the nephews of rugby league royalty, but Canberra halves Lachlan Croker and Lachlan Lewis showed why they're rated future stars in their own right in Sunday's come-from-behind under-20s win at Cronulla. 

With Canberra trailing 32-26 with three minutes left, halfback Croker put back-rower Jack Williams over with a superb short ball, and nailed the conversion from out wide to square things up 32-all. 

He then kicked a penalty goal from 32 metres out after the full-time siren to steal victory for the Raiders. 

Croker, related to Raiders games record holder Jason, set up the first try of the match in the second minute with a deft grubber kick to put winger Thomas Cronin over. 

Ten minutes later it was Lewis, nephew of Wally, who grubbered and regathered before laying on a try for left-winger Cameron Booth with a cut-out pass. 

After missing the finals for a rare occasion last year, Canberra looks set to challenge yet again after the club ended  its Queensland Cup partnership with Souths Logan. 

Their NSW Cup affiliate Mounties is now loaded with fringer first-graders, forcing highly-rated youngsters Brenko Lee and Tevita Pangai to play twenties. 

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