The refeeres are copping it from the fans as they leave the ground. There should be some very tense reaction from the Raiders, especially, in the post game press conference. The Raiders slump to 3-7 while the Panthers improve to 6-4 and won back to back games for the first time this year.
Full time: And that's all she wrote at Canberra Stadium as the Panthers hang on to beat the Raiders 26-20 in a see-sawing affair in front of a crowd of 8,892. The Raiders had one final chance with 15 seconds to go, but Soward collects Milford's chip and chase and runs it over the sideline!
79min: Raiders are 30m out as McCrone puts up the bomb. And what a take from David Simmons ... but he's knocked it on! The Raiders are rushing to the scrum, but the ref has stopped the clock anyway to call time off for an injury. Wait up, it's now a penalty to the Raiders for taking out Simmons in the air. Raiders won't be happy about that.
78min: Soward goes safety first and kicks for the corner. Robinson gathers and gives it to Milford under the posts. 2:20 left.
77min: McCrone gets a chip and chase, but he's tackled on the last tackle and it's a handover. Panthers have the ball on their 30m line with 3:27 left.
76min: He's killing it in attack, and Anthony Milford is doing it at the other end as well. Don't know he got out of his own in-goal. Amazing.
76min: Jamal Idris is forced to kick on the last tackle, but the ref rules that the Raiders played at it and it's six more tackles. Very lucky break for the Panthers.
75min: Sami Sauiluma busts the Panthers open, but they hold on to grab the Campese grubber kick on their own line.
73min: Reece Robinson is taking the conversion for an injured Jarrod Croker. Robinson misses and the Raiders are down by six points. Panthers 26; Raiders 20
72min: He's gone for next year, but Anthony Milford is delivering for the Raiders in the present. That is a simply outstanding solo effort to score in the right corner, planting the ball down to give the Raiders a chance. Meanwhile, Campese has copped a knock and doesn't look good at all. He's trying to shake it off. Panthers 26; Raiders 20 KTC
Flashback #5: Terry Campese celebrates the dramatic win over Penrith at Canberra in 2010. Photo: Melissa Adams
68min: Does anyone want to win this game? Just when you thought the Panthers had taken the upper hand, the Raiders are refusing to go away. A nice grubber kick from Buttriss earns them another set of six.
64min: Just hold the ball son! Jack Wighton drops the pill with the line in sight. That's the play the Raiders needed to get themselves back in the game. Great tackle though on the line.
63min: Who's your money on now? Panthers up by 10 points, but the Raiders are fired up and on the attack.
60min: Smart play from Segeyaro to find the sideline with his kick. Things are getting heated now. I can't print half of what Campese has said in the last 10 minutes, he's been blowing up deluxe and the censors are working overtime.
58min: Just to clarify, Shaun Fensom scored as Shillington reacted to Segeyaro. The Fensom try was waved away. When the Raiders got the penalty, they knocked the ball on.
It's on baby!!! David Shillington is blowing up big time and goes after a Panthers player under the posts. Shillington is claiming James Segeyaro has thrown an elbow. The referee has spoken to both Shillington and Campese. The referee has now put Segeyaro on report for a forearm to the head and the penalty has been reversed.
This isn't related to the game at all, but seriously, it's a pig at the million paws walk in Canberra. A PIG!!!
54min: Panthers grab a 10-point lead as David Simmons gets past some wafer-thin Raiders defence. A small dispute happens after as Raiders captain Terry Campese appears to accuse a Panthers player of a head-butt when talking to the referee. Soward converts. Panthers 26; Raiders 16
49min: The crowd has been announced as 8892. In other news, the Raiders made another mistake and drop the ball.
48min: James Segeyaro must have been a used car salesman in another life. He could pedal a '74 Kingswood out the door given how he sold that dummy to get across the line after he made the initial break down the field. Terrible goal-line defence from the Raiders. Soward converts. Panthers 20; Raiders 16
45min: Here's Ivan Cleary's nightmare - offload, offload, offload. The Panthers are having terrible trouble shutting down the Raiders. But it's their own Superman, David Simmons, to the rescue. The winger flies high to take a bomb on his own line and get the Panthers out of trouble.
Given Canberra basketball star Patty Mills is tearing up the NBA playoffs, I promised to give him a mention given he grew up a three-point bomb away from Canberra Stadium. Hopefully Australia's premier ''Bala'' and the San Antonio Spurs can get the job done against the Durant, Westbrook and the Thunder.
Flashback #4: Canberra centre Adam Mogg is tackled by Penrith second-rowers Tony Puletua and Danny Galea in 2004. Photo: Adam Hollingworth
While we're seeing some junior footy take over Canberra Stadium at halftime, here's some of the key stats from the first 40 minutes.
The possession is an equal 50/50 split. Panthers have the edge in completion rate (73 to 61 per cent), Raiders have made five more tackles (129 to 124), running metres go to the Raiders (624m to 483m), errors are 8 to 6 to the Raiders and Panthers have missed 12 tackles to the Raiders' 6.
If this was the English Premier League, you could say this game is resembling a good old relegation scrap. (Corny joke warning) The only de-fence we've seen today is around the stadium as it's been all attack. The Raiders lead 16-14 with Reece ''Lightning'' Robinson scoring a double. See ya soon in 10 minutes.
37min: Deft work from Wallace to find the sideline. Panthers definitely playing for halftime to give their massive forward pack a breather.
35min: Panthers forward Matt Robinson is off the field to have a concussion test.
35min: There is deadset snow on that Campese torpedo bomb. Good luck with that Matty Moylan. No shock he lets it bounce and has to force it dead.
31min: Croker somehow misses the conversion, just his third miss of the season. Raiders 16; Panthers 14
31min: Milford magic, that's why the Raiders threw plenty of green at the Broncos-bound star to keep him in green. Milford's flick pass out the back door sets up Croker in the left corner. Raiders 16; Panthers 14
Hospital pass for Paul Vaughan, hospital pass for Paul Vaughan. Massive hit from dynamite Docker as the Vaughan flies backwards and so does the ball, but the Panthers are penalised for offside.
27min: Jarrod Croker has the radar on target. Panthers 14; Raiders 12
26min: Who needs defence, this is just all-out attack! It's like under-six tackling out there as Reece Robinson brushes off a couple of ordinary attempts from the Panthers close to the line to snare a meat pie. Tasty, tasty meat pie. Panthers 14; Raiders 10 KTC
23min: Finally, some relief for the Raiders. Soward's clearing kick is too ambitious and is out on the full. Raiders with the ball on the 40m. Seems an age since they had the footy.
21min: Segeyaro + Soward + Wallace + Moylan = try. Stunning play from the Panthers, with a series of inside balls and decoy runs bamboozling the Raiders. After a quick look upstairs for obstruction, the video ref gives it the all clear. Panthers 14; Raiders 6
20min: Campese's taken the three wood when he needed the five iron. Way too much on the kick as the Raiders skipper boots it dead. Don't think he's had a run yet after copping a bit in the press this week.
Flashback 3: Raiders coach Ricky Stuart during his playing days in 1998, launching a kick down-field against the Panthers. Photo: Anthony Johnson
16min: That is simply toooooo easy for the Josh Mansour and the Panthers. But sensational vision from Peter Wallace to spot his winger all alone. Wallace chips over the top and Mansour is in his own post code he's that free. You can see why the Raiders are keen on Mansour. Panthers 8; Raiders 6 KTC
15min: One, two, three, four Raiders get in front of big, bad Jamal Idris to stop him from getting across the line. Idris took the bomb out of the air, but couldn't go the extra metre. Geez, he's a big unit.
13min: Pretty sure that's the first penalty of the afternoon. It goes to the Panthers as Josh Mansour is held down in the play the ball. Panthers on the charge 30m out.
10min: What a play from Jamal Idris to knock the ball out of the hands of Reece Robinson. Doubts over whether it went backwards, but the Panthers get the ball. Justice has come a few tackles later as Docker is ruled to knock on. Raiders scrum 10m out.
9min: Take that Glen Buttriss! That hit from the Panthers forwards didn't sound fun. They've got some of the biggest hitters in the comp. But the Panthers have knocked on in bringing back the Raiders' kick. Raiders scrum 20m out.
7min: Soward misses the conversion from wide out. Raiders 6; Panthers 4
5min: And just like that, the Panthers hit right back! It's David Simmons in the corner after some quick hands from Dean Whare. The Raiders' left-edge defence is caught out again easily. Two tries in five minutes. At least it'll be entertaining. Raiders 6; Panthers 4 KTC
3min: After setting up the opening try, Jack Wighton knocks on to give the Panthers a scrum 30m out. This Wighton v Idris battle is going to be a beauty. From the scrum, Campese picks up a loose ball and gives his surgically-repaired knees a workout, but the referee calls it back for a Raiders knock on.
Flashback #2: Panthers coach Phil Gould is chaired by Graham Mackay and Paul Clarke during the lap of honour after the 1991 grand final triumph over Canberra.
3min: Croker converts and the Raiders lead 6-0. Raiders 6; Panthers 0
1min: Unbelievable!!!! What a start from the Raiders. The men in green go 80m on the second tackle to open the scoring. Jack Wighton shakes off a couple in his return to the centres and puts Reece Robinson under the posts. Raiders 4; Panthers 0 KTC
It's so warm I'm actually wearing a t-shirt. A T-SHIRT. IN CANBERRA. IN MAY. It's unheard of.
Just about five minutes away from kick-off. I'd say the crowd is about 8000 or 9000. Not much wind around and a decent splash of green in the stands.
A vital game for the Raiders to try and turn their season around. The Panthers are in the top eight but haven't won back to back games this year. The Panthers are $1.70 favourites with the Raiders at around $2.20. Seems about right.
The consensus in the media box is .... we've got no idea! Raiders are getting the nod for the simple fact of the bounce back factor.
Flashback #1: Who said Chicka wasn't an enforcer? Canberra winger John Ferguson collides with Panthers counterpart Paul Smith in the 1990 grand final won by the Raiders. Photo: Steve Christo
Ask and you shall receive - Raiders fans - some of the 8000 or 9000 here - ready for kickoff
So here's the news on why Raiders winger Mosese Pangai was dropped - he turned up half an hour late to a training session this week. Ricky Stuart wasn't impressed and called up Sami Sauiluma instead.
Panthers are now going through ball drills while there's still no sign of the Raiders. Instead we've got the Emeralds, Canberra's cheerleading crew rocking out to a bit of 80s rock - hit me with your best shot. The Raiders definitely need to be more Klitschko and less Leapai if they're going to get the two points.
The Panthers are busy stretching down the Chiko Chip Shop end of the ground while the Raiders are in the sheds, getting their final instructions. Has to be some sort of Russell Crowe esque speech to get them up after a couple of debacles.
My Canberra Times colleague Jon Tuxworth, who is sitting next to me in the media box here at Canberra Stadium, reckons Josh McCrone is his ''lock of the week'' for man of the match. The Temora tornado, as you may know, has been shifted back to the halves after playing the start of the year as the back-up hooker. The move was a mixed success, and Tuxy is backing McCrone to light up his partnership with Josh ''the hammer'' Papalii.
How are you supposed to pick a winner today? I'm hopeless enough in any case without bringing the hot or cold Raiders into the equation. Hard to back any side after they've conceded 50 points in their past two games. But saying that, the Panthers haven't been able to string back to back wins together this season, and they won last week. What does it all mean? Toss a coin
@Lee_Gaskin1 raiders will put a show on today:) 36-18 — Kristine (@keelmac84) May 18, 2014
@Lee_Gaskin1 @RaidersCanberra in a tight one. 22-18. Great day for it but I fear the locals are restless and won't turn up. 9k crowd. — Jamie Bradnam (@Jamie___B) May 18, 2014
Here's some tips for today's game from the fans ...
@Lee_Gaskin1 it will be either a close Raiders win, or the Panthers will flog them.— North (@North_Four) May 18, 2014
Here's my pre-game checklist: Coke, check. Hot chips and tomato sauce, check. Chiko roll, check. Does anyone actually know what's in a Chiko roll? Pft, still tastes good.
In a few minutes I'll start going through some stats, news and Twitter comments.
Remember, get in touch with me on Twitter: @Lee_Gaskin1
Good afternoon sports fans from Canberra Stadium. It's a beautiful day in the nation's capital, very little wind to speak off but just enough chill to annoy the visitors from Penrith.
The Panthers are unchanged from the team named earlier in the week, while the Raiders have made just the one change. Sami Sauiluma comes on to the wing in jersey No 21 in place of Mosese Pangai.
I'll have a bit of banter and news from now leading into our 2pm kickoff in the NRL game.
The Raiders under-20s are well in control, leading the Panthers 32-16 with five minutes to go.
RAIDERS: Anthony Milford, Reece Robinson, Jarrod Croker, Jack Wighton, Sami Sauiluma, Terry Campese (capt), Josh McCrone, David Shillington, Glen Buttriss, Brett White, Josh Papalii, Jarrad Kennedy, Shaun Fensom. Interchange: Matt McIlwrick, Joel Edwards, Paul Vaughan, Dane Tilse.