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Rapana: Last ditch try-saver 'could've gone either way'

Posted By: Raidercast
July 23, 2021, 09:08:12 AM
Even Jordan Rapana admitted his try-saving hit on Parramatta winger Maika Sivo "could have gone either way" after Canberra held on for a 12-10 NRL win on the Gold Coast.

But in the end the Raiders fullback believed "justice" prevailed after he endured some anxious moments as the bunker trawled over replays of his hip bump that denied Sivo a last gasp, match-winning try.

After both sides went toe to toe in Thursday night's brutal round 19 exchange, the Eels looked to have landed a knockout blow in the dying moments.

Parramatta cut the deficit to just two points after Sivo crashed over in the 76th minute before the hulking Fijian looked to have bagged his double – and an unlikely match winner – just seconds from full-time.

However, Rapana capped a remarkable game stepping up for injured fullback Xavier Savage (shoulder) by bundling Sivo into touch with some help from Harley Smith-Shields.

The Raiders didn't start popping the champagne straight away though with the bunker studying Rapana's contact on Sivo after the giant speedster lay prone on the ground nursing his eye.

There was speculation the Eels may be granted a penalty try before the bunker gave Rapana the all clear and denied Sivo a crucial four-pointer – much to the Raiders No.1's relief.

More: https://www.nrl.com/news/2021/07/23/last-ditch-try-saver-caps-standout-display-from-rapana/


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