Rookie Raider spurs Canberra to win

By Jon Tuxworth
Updated March 30 2014 - 11:08pm, first published 7:21pm

Their veterans were crucial but Canberra skipper Terry Campese singled out a raw rookie for providing the "spark" that helped the Raiders survive a second-half onslaught from South Sydney at ANZ Stadium on Sunday.

Down two of its biggest workers in Joel Edwards (concussion) and Shaun Fensom (elbow) for the back half of the game, it was Shannon Boyd who inspired his team off the canvas.

Up 22-0 at half-time, Canberra was in danger of squandering victory when Dylan Walker and George Burgess scored tries within 15 minutes after the break.

After a disallowed try to Rabbitohs winger Nathan Merritt, Boyd provided the spur that lifted his team when it was gasping for air.

"They were running over the top of us at that point," Campese said.

"Boydy had the first carry and that sparked us – he broke through the line and, from there on, we played the way we did in the first half."

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