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Goulburn keeps top two hopes alive with Canberra Raiders cup win over West Belconnen

Mick Picker was impressive for the Bulldogs on Sunday.

Mick Picker was impressive for the Bulldogs on Sunday. Photo: Jeffrey Chan

Goulburn kept its Canberra Raiders Cup top two hopes alive with a strong 28-16 win over a lacklustre West Belconnen on Sunday. 

The victory allowed the Bulldogs (16 points) to leapfrog the Warriors (15) into third on the table, just two points behind second-placed Queanbeyan Kangaroos (18) with two rounds left. 

With ex-Canberra Raiders utility Mick Picker pulling the strings Goulburn dominated every aspect of the match. 

West Belconnen coach Justin Giteau accused his side of taking a poor attitude into the match, and said it may have been a letdown after a tight loss to competition leader Queanbeyan Blues last week. 

"I could tell from the moment I saw the boys an hour before the game we were off,'' Giteau said. 

"Maybe it was a letdown after the Blues, but it was definitely an attitude thing today. We're not even thinking top two, we've got a lot of work to do and today was pretty disappointing. 

"It's a reality check. I don't know whether it was false confidence or not, but now we know we can't just turn up and hope it happens.''

West Belconnen's usually strong forward pack was outplayed by Goulburn, which is in a strong position to push for the double chance with matches against bottom four sides Tuggeranong and Woden Valley to finish the regular season. 

GOULBURN WORKERS BULLDOGS 28 (Michael Campton-Smith, Michael Picker, Michael Dodson, Blake Hewitt, Richie Mason tries; Ben Picker 4 goals) bt WEST BELCONNEN WARRIORS 16 (Joe Cramp 2, Isaac Hamad tries; Scott Jones 2 goals)

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