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Live: New Zealand Warriors v Canberra Raiders

FULLTIME: Mercifully, that's the end of a wretched day and a season for the Canberra Raiders, going down 50-16 to the New Zealand Warriors. The Raiders led 12-6 before the Warriors turned on the afterburners. Manu Vatuvei and Shaun Johnson scored hat-tricks for the Warriors, while Jarrod Croker scored all of Canberra's points. The Warriors have moved into the top eight, and are in the box seat to sneak into the finals.

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77min: Jarrod Croker crashes over for his third try of the afternoon and finally a small bit of bright news for the Raiders. Croker re-gathers a kick from Reece Robinson, a good consolation for the centre, who's clearly been the Raiders' best. Milford misses the conversion. Warriors 50; Raiders 16

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70min: The Raiders have given up another half century, and it could be many, many more. The Raiders have thrown in the towel as Konrad Hurrell blows kisses to the crowd. Johnson converts. Warriors 50; Raiders 12

66min: Embarrassing. It's becoming another dark day for the Canberra Raiders as Simon Mannering becomes the latest to join in on the Warriors party. The skipper strolls over for the easiest of tries. Johnson converts. Warriors 44; Raiders 12

58min: Nothing going the way of the Raiders. Jarrod Croker looked to have his third try of the afternoon, but try is over-turned for an obstruction by Matt McIlwrick on a Warriors defender. Looked to be a tough call.

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56min: Johnson gets his hat-trick and the Raiders can begin planning for 2014. This is getting embarrasing for the Raiders. They have no answer for the strength, size and speed of the Warriors, Johnson kicking for himself and scoring his third try inside 10 minutes. Johnson converts. Warriors 38; Raiders 12

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54min: The mountain has got that much steeper for the Raiders, Johnson scoring an 80m intercept try as the Warriors go further ahead. Johnson reads Josh McCrone's pass and has too much pace for Reece Robinson. Johnson converts. Warriors 32; Raiders 12

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50min: There's still half an hour left, but it's going to be mighty tough now for the Raiders after Shaun Johnson goes straight through. Johnson puts a massive left foot step on Jarrod Croker, has too much pace for Robinson and runs around under the posts. Definitely a forward pass in the lead-up, tough break for the Raiders. Johnson converts. Warriors 26; Raiders 12

46min: End to end stuff from the Warriors. Campese puts through a grubber kick with the Raiders on the attack, Kevin Locke picks it up, runs 50m, finds Manu, back to Locke, but the pass to Friend goes forward. Amazing play. Great chase from Bill Tupou to shut down Manu.

44min: Guess who is making another big break for Warriors? Oh yeah, it's that man Manu. But this time the Raiders keep the Warriors out and get a penalty themselves to have a bit of breathing space.

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SECOND HALF: Here we go. The Raiders have 40 minutes to keep their season alive. Can they do it?

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Halftime: An entertaining first 40 minutes as the Warriors lead the Raiders 20-12. Manu Vatuvei has a first-half hat-trick and Jarrod Croker has all of the Raiders' 12 points. Both teams need to win to keep their seasons alive.

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39min: The Beast is running riot, Vatuvei barges over for a first-half hat-trick and the Warriors extend their lead. Quick hands from the Warriors leaves Vatuvei one on one with Robinson again, the Raiders fullback putting his body on the line but is nothing more than a speed bump. This Warriors left-edge is absolutely dynamic. Johnson misses the conversion. Warriors 20; Raiders 12

35min: Reece Robinson looks up and there's a wall of Warriors in front of him. Yeah, good luck with that. The Raiders fullback can do nothing but concede the line drop-out.

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32min: Razzle dazzle football from the Warriors as Vatuvei crosses for his second in the space of a couple of minutes. Give that to Feleti Mateo, delivers a great pass back on the inside. Then it's The Beast v Reece Robinson, the Beast leaving Reece grabbing air on the ground. Johnson converts. Warriors 16; Raiders 12

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29min: Good luck stopping The Beast, the scariest figure in rugby league doing damage at both ends of the ground to score for the Warriors. Vatuvei makes a break near his own try-line, then latches onto a grubber kick to finish it off a few tackles later. The conversion is missed. Raiders 12; Warriors 10

26min: Shaun Johnson finds the sideline to give his side a valuable breather. This game has turned on its head in the past 10 minutes. All the momemtum is with the Raiders.

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23min: He's going, going, goooooooooooone! Jarrod Croker picks up a shocking pass from Shaun Johnson and sprints 85m for the Raiders' second try. Johnson appeared to pass to the referee Gavin Badger in a bizarre incident. Croker converts. Croker 12; Warriors 6

22min: Correct obstruction call from the referees against the Raiders, but Milford shows how dangerous he can be. His show and go would be enough to distract English cricketers from relieving themselves on the pitch.

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18min: TRY: Jarrod Croker, you little beauty! Croker shakes off his collision with the sign to show a clean pair of heels to score the first try for the Raiders. Croker gets a little bit of space and burns past Konrad Hurrell to score in the left-hand corner. Croker converts. Raiders 6; Warriors 6

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