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Queanbeyan Kangaroos sew up Canberra Raiders Cup major semi berth

West Belconnen coach Justin Giteau is confident John Papalii won't have a case to answer at the judiciary, despite being sin-binned and sent off in a spiteful 26-20 loss to Queanbeyan Kangaroos on Sunday. 

The game finished in drama when Papalii was marched for a perceived raised elbow when setting up what could have been the match-levelling try to centre Ryley Thomas. 

Thomas was also sin-binned for back chat in a match where the Roos sealed second spot, and a major semi-final date with arch rival Queanbeyan Blues in a fortnight. 

The loss had little bearing for West Belconnen, which was destined to travel to Goulburn for the minor semi on Sunday regardless. 

In the first half, Papalii was sin-binned after running in when a scuffle involving several players erupted late in the first half. 

Roos centre Daniel Watt was also binned and, given a couple of punches were thrown, was likely to come under the microscrope. Roos back-rower Adam Pearce was lucky to escape punishment. 


Giteau believed Papalii, brother of Raiders star Josh, would not be rubbed out for the Goulburn clash. 

He was adamant the prop and his side were hard done by with the late no-try decision, which condemned the Warrriors to a fourth straight loss. 

"Mate, I think he [touch judge] has come up with his own call there," Giteau said. "He's had a quiet game, so he thought he'd better get on there. 

"We'll see what the tape says. I highly doubt there's anything in it, but we'll wait and see. 

"[In the fight] we probably could have two or three sent off for running in as well. Their back-rower [Pearce] threw a punch, but he's still on the field. 

"It's frustrating, but it's just the way it is in this comp at the moment.''

Watt said he ''should know better'' than to escalate the situation by running in. 

"I came in late, it was a bit silly of me,'' Watt said. "I saw one guy come in hard and fast and thought he was going to do something. 

"I didn't throw any punches. I think someone hit me a couple of times, but once I was in there I cooled down a bit.''

In a scrappy affair, the Roos were in complete control at 26-12, before two late tries to West Belconnen ensured a tight finish.

QUEANBEYAN KANGAROOS 26 (Bryan Cronan, Robbie Byatt, Jordan Macey, Adam Pearce, Troy Whiley tries; Macey 3 goals) bt WEST BELCONNEN 20 (Joe Cramp, Scott Jones, Ryley Thomas, Oliver Powell tries; Jones 2 goals)


Sunday, August 10: Minor semi – Goulburn v West Belconnen at Goulburn Workers Arena, 3pm

Sunday, August 17: Major semi – Queanbeyan Blues v Queanbeyan Kangaroos at Seiffert Oval, 3pm