That's a wrap here from Canberra Stadium. A great night for the Raiders and has become the norm, a lonely drive back up the highway for the Dragons. See you next time.
A quick wrap of the stats - Shaun Fensom with a massive 48 tackles and Reece Robinson with two tries and a try assist fighting it out for man of the match honours. Trent Merrin was outstanding for the Dragons but didn't have many mates out there.
FULLTIME: Listen to that roar! The Raiders are back and back in a big way, with their first win of the season, beating the Dragons 30-17. The hoodoo now stretches to 13 years as the Dragons continue their run of defeat in the national capital. Will be massive pressure on Steve Price after a third straight loss.
TRY! Using the famous call of Warren Smith from last year - do you believe in hoodoos! You better believe it baby, the Raiders are home! Reece Robinson must be a shoo in for man of the match, turns Beale inside and out before setting up Croker for the clear run to the line. The fight is well and truly back in the Green Machine. Raiders 30; Dragons 17
Another close call for the Dragons, we're going to the video ref for a potential Dragons try. Daniel Vidot goes for a bomb, but the red light flashes with Vidot having gotten his hands to the ball before getting to Cooper.
It'd be fitting for the Dragons to somehow come back from seven points down in the final five minutes to snap the hoodoo.
They're trying anything now the Dragons. Soward's kick behind the line has just too much on it and trickles over the sideline. Entertaining stuff but could be too little, too late.
Bronson Harrison does his best Sydney FC audition, putting his boot to a Jason Nightengale offload. No luck for either of the Kiwi internationals as the Raiders pounce on the loose ball.
TRY: There's life in this one yet. More than a question mark over the last pass, flat at best, but Merrin won't complain. The big forward is having a blinder and must certainly be in the mix for the NSW team. Soward converts from right in front. Raiders 24; Dragons 17
TRY: Thirteen years and counting. The hoodoo is 20 minutes away from gaining more mileage as Sandor Earl crosses in the corner. Dragons paying the price for terrible errors and gifting the Raiders possesion. Croker converts. Raiders 24; Dragons 11
Who'd be an NRL coach? Steve Price must be punching walls in the coaching box having watched his side drop the ball numerous times this half.
The mojo is back in the Raiders' step. A powerful cover tackle from Croker, with help from Wighton, bundles Nightengale over the sideline. Definitely time for a scull of Raiders Lime milk.
Pretty disappointing crowd of 12,115, but expected given the rubbish form of both sides. They're all getting their money's worth with an entertaining contest.
Dear or dear, what are you thinking Trent Merrin. The hoodoo is rearing its ugly head - ugly for Dragons fans anyway - as Merrin runs over the halfway line before the kickoff. Raiders on the charge.
TRY: It's the Croker and Williams show, as the prince of Goulburn combines with the Cooma kid. Williams hoists the ball high into the night sky and Croker times his run beautifully, leaving the Dragons in his dust to score the Raiders' third of the game. Croker converts. Raiders 18; Dragons 11
TRY: Welcome back to Canberra, Daniel Vidot. The former Raiders winger finishes off a great attacking play to get the Dragons back in the contest. All stems back to the penalty Ferguson gave away on Soward. Soward converts. Raiders 12; Dragons 11
Blake Ferguson could be in trouble, this time on the field, after getting penalised for shoulder charge on Jamie Soward.
GOAL: Croker converts to extend the Raiders' lead. Raiders 12; Dragons 5
TRY: Josh who? Reece Robinson grabs his second try of the night with a sneaky play from dummy-half close to the line. Earlier, Jarrod Croker had sprinted 60m to be brought down within a metre of scoring. Robinson making a strong fist of the No 1 jersey vacated by Josh Dugan. Raiders 10; Dragons 5 KTC
Joe Picker attempts to put a massive shot on Mick Weyman. Bringing back memories of Josh Miller's famous clash with the Horse a few years back.
And we're back for the second half. Will the hoodoo remain in another 40 minutes' time?
Sideline guru David "Packy" Packwood - imaginative nickname, I know - tells us there's no injuries for either side. Great to see Brett White have a strong night in his first game in almost a year.
Some stats from the first half: Raiders are dominating possession, 57 per cent to 43. The Dragons have completed 41 more tackles (181 to 140) and are behind in the penalty count 5-1.
No surprise that Raiders workhorse Shaun Fensom is leading the tackle count with 28 and 97m gained. Trent Merrin having a massive game for the Dragons with 23 tackles, with hooker Mitch Rein (23) and Dan Hunt (22) not far behind.
Anyone with a halftime score of 6-5, take a bow! Jamie Soward rips out a 45m field goal from the Raiders dropout, easily making the distance. A strange end to a pretty strange first half. Just one try a piece as both sides clearly struggling in attack. Great defence from the Dragons to hold off the Raiders. Raiders 6; Dragons 5
Gerard Beale leads the Raiders on a merry dance with a sensational 60m run after being pinned on his own line. Beale swerves left and right, beating several players before being eventually dragged down.
The Raiders chant is ringing around the stadium, magnificent atmosphere. They sense more points before the break.
Dane Tilse gets his first breather after an impressive stint. Putting in a big one for his 150th the Raiders veteran. A fumble at the play the ball puts the Dragons under pressure on the half-way line with three minutes to go to halftime.
Just got asked by a fellow journo if that was the first time the Raiders have been in front this year. Definitely wasn't last week, and probably not in Penrith.
GOAL! Pinpoint accuracy from Jarrod Croker gives the Raiders a 6-4 lead with eight minutes to go in the first half. Raiders 6; Dragons 4
TRY! Hold the phone, can someone tell me what happened? Bodies tumbling everywhere and Reece Robinson is the Stephen Bradbury of the NRL if he gets the green light. Earl trips over himself chasing the bouncing ball in the corner of the in-goal, Ferguson collides with Morris and Robinson is on the spot. It's a bizarre one, but the Raiders will definitely take it. First points in more than two hours. Green light, and Canberra Stadium erupts. Raiders 4; Dragons 4 KTC
Blake Ferguson is flying high - and there's not a roof or a Bacardi Breezer in sight. Fergo leaps high to win the race to a chip kick, but is tackled a couple of metres short on the final tackle.
Would love to know what the Raiders are thinking when they see Daniel Vidot pick up the ball in his in-goal. The Raiders converge and bring down the former Canberra flyer in the in-goal, for yet another drop out. Great pressure from the hosts.
Breaking: Fans at Canberra Stadium get two for one Crust pizzas for a Raiders try in the next five minutes. Hope journos can also get in on the action.
Somehow, the Dragons hold on. They deny a rampaging Tom Learoyd-Lahrs from close range and Soward cleans up a grubber kick close to the line. But the Raiders hit back - forcing a line drop out with a terrific pack tackle to pile on the pressure.
Just when the Dragons got some stability, Brett Morris has a brain fade and throws a terrible offload on his line from a bomb. Neither side looking great in attack, but still better than the Broncos.
TRY! The Raiders held out two close calls, but they couldn't stop a diving Brett Morris from delivering an absolute belter of a finish. Morris stretches out full length off the ground to hang on to Nathan Fien's clever chip kick. Before that, Matt Cooper and Trent Merrin both went close to getting over the line. Soward misses the conversion. Dragons 4; Raiders 0
Finally, the Dragons will get some ball. They've been totally under the pump, defending back to back sets. Sam Williams' grubber kick is just too long and the Dragons are away.
There's a loose ball and the Raiders are away. It's ... Brett White. Safe to say, the big prop, in his first game back in 12 months due to a knee reconstruction, won't be challenging Black Cavair in a sprint anytime soon. He's wrapped up at about halfway.
Someone get the blood bank to Josh Papalii, the big Raiders forward is leaking a river of red stuff out of his nose. Papalii waves the trainer over, then changes his mind and plays on. Heard that before, Eels fans?
Red light, no try. Does anyone know what this obstruction rule is? After the Cooper Cronk farce on Thursday, the Dragons are robbed. Brett Morris scores in the left touchline, but the video ref throws it out due to an obstruction on Ben Creagh, impeding Josh McCrone.
A slice of luck there for the Dragons. Soward's kick fails to find touch on the full from a penalty, bouncing around Sandor Earl and leading the Raiders winger on a merry dance. The ball creeps over the line and the Dragons get the ball back.
Pop the champagne corks - the Raiders got through their first set without an error! An absolute miracle after the rubbish they dished up on the Gold Coast a week ago. Good signs.
There's a massive roar at Canberra Stadium at that can mean only one thing - the Raiders are in the house! Still plenty of support despite their struggles in the first two weeks.
G'day from a balmy Canberra Stadium, Lee Gaskin here for the next couple of hours of what can already be dubbed the Desperation Cup. The Raiders are clinging to the faith of their 13-year hoodoo over the Dragons in Canberra, and have centre Blake Ferguson back after a one-week ban. The Dragons won't have a better time to break the curse.
Canberra Stadium, Sunday 6.30pm (AEDT)
Last meeting: Round 17 2012 - Raiders 22 bt Dragons 18 at Canberra Stadium
Head-to-head: Raiders $1.70 Dragons $2.20
Referees: Jared Maxwell, Gavin Badger
TV: Live, FoxSports 1
AAP writes: One of the NRL's most bizarre hoodoos goes on the line on Sunday night when the Dragons attempt to win in Canberra for the first time since 2000.
The Dragons haven't beaten the Raiders anywhere since 2007 - a run of seven straight defeats.
But most times, the Dragons have gone to the nation's capital as firm favourites - not the case this time with the red and whites struggling in 2013 - scoring just three tries in two games this year. The Raiders aren't going too much better - having been thumped 36-0 by Gold Coast last week.
Key: Jamie Soward. The Dragons pivot has to find the key to unlock his backline, which has looked slow and predictable in the side's two losses to start the year.
RAIDERS: Reece Robinson, Sandor Earl, Jarrod Croker, Jack Wighton, Edrick Lee, Josh McCrone (capt), Sam Williams, David Shillington (capt), Glen Buttriss, Brett White, Josh Papalii, Joel Edwards, Shaun Fensom. Interchange: Matt McIlwrick, Shaun Berrigan, Dane Tilse, Tom Learoyd-Lahrs, Mark Nicholls, Jake Foster, Joe Picker (three to be omitted)
DRAGONS: Gerard Beale, Brett Morris, Chase Stanley, Matt Cooper, Jason Nightingale, Jamie Soward, Nathan Fien, Dan Hunt, Mitch Rein, Michael Weyman, Tyson Frizell, Ben Creagh (capt), Trent Merrin. Interchange: Bronson Harrison, Leeson Ah Mau, Matt Prior, Cameron King, Jack Stockwell (one to be omitted)