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Raiders pip Dragons with golden point try
« on: July 15, 2017, 03:14:28 AM »
Canberra’s faint finals hopes are alive after a thrilling golden-point NRL victory over St George Illawarra ended their abysmal run in tight finishes.

In a dour affair, the Raiders ran out 18-14 winners in front of 10,977 fans at GIO Stadium on Friday night.

A 40-20 kick from Raiders halfback Aidan Sezer in extra time set up the victory with Elliott Whitehead crossing for the match-winning try from a Dave Taylor pass.

The win snapped the Green Machine’s four-game losing streak and prevented a fourth golden point defeat of the season.

“It’s been a real struggle getting these boys up after the way we lost to Penrith,” Raiders coach Ricky Stuart said.

“The last three or four weeks it’s been really, really hard. A real big job.

“Luck plays a massive role in golden point. It just hasn’t been rolling our way at times.”

Both teams have injury concerns out of the match and Raiders forward Josh Papalii could face a suspension for a shoulder charge.

Dragons forward Russell Packer left the field early with a suspected hip injury and couldn’t return despite a pain-killing injection.

Raiders bench forward Luke Bateman will be assessed for a broken cheekbone after a head clash with Kurt Mann who returned after the incident.

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