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Massive green army buoys Raiders to victory over lurking Sharks

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Fans out in force for the Raiders v Sharks elimination final

Fans flock to Canberra Stadium in green to cheer the Raiders as they tackle the Cronulla Sharks on Sunday, September 9. Photo: Melissa Adams

A wave of lime green support gripped the capital yesterday as the Canberra Raiders' juggernaut continued its charge towards NRL success with a superb finals victory over the Cronulla Sharks.

More than 24,000 fans roared and cheered the Raiders to a 34-16 win against the Sharks to progress to the next round of the premiership race.

One supporter has the chance to win a Raiders jersey signed by coach David Furner and 25 players, including stars Josh Dugan, David Shillington and Terry Campese.

If you are the fan holding the Go Raiders poster circled above, contact The Canberra Times on 6280 2203 today to arrange to come in to be identified and claim your prize.

You will need to bring identification.

The biggest crowd of the Raiders' season saw a sea of green sweep around Canberra Stadium with fans waving flags and celebrating wildly.

Some even started queuing at the ground at 10.30am - more than two hours before the gates opened.

Canberra has jumped on the Green Machine bandwagon and many will make the trip to Sydney on Saturday to watch the Raiders play the South Sydney Rabbitohs at ANZ Stadium.

Raiders captain David Shillington said, ''It's hard to imagine being able to do it without them. Next week it will be [South Sydney's] red and green army but I'd rather just see green. They were fantastic out there.''

Kailah Masters, 23, of Gordon, is a long-time Raiders fan, but the clash with the Sharks was the first time she had been to Canberra Stadium this year.

''In the past we've gone to every game and hated the people who jump on the bandwagon,'' Ms Masters said.

''But now we're [the ones on the bandwagon], but it doesn't matter because it's a great atmosphere out here.''

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