Jordan Rapana made a massive return to the NRL with the opening try in less than four minutes of play in the round three clash against Melbourne Storm. Captain Jarrod Croker added the extra two for a 6 – 0 lead.
The nine-week hiatus due to COVID-19 had little impact on the Raiders, with a huge defensive effort for a full 80 minutes, whilst putting 18 points on their rivals in the first half at AAMI Park.
Canberra made Melbourne pay for their errors with an incredible play from George Williams to Nick Cotric for a try in the corner off the back of a set restart and penalty after just 14 minutes. A huge kick from Croker from the sideline put the green machine up 12 – 0.
Melbourne looked like scoring several times but the Raiders defence held them out and the frustration resulted in incomplete sets from the home side.
A line break from Josh Addocar gave Melbourne fans a glimpse of hope but a grubber kick ricochet off Canberra and Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad div