Canberra Raiders V Sydney Roosters
Round 22 NRL @ SFSAs It Happened:
Almost ready for kick off in the NRL at the SFS between the Raiders and Roosters. Blake Ferguson makes his long awaited return to the NRL tonight. Go mighty Raiders lets do it!FIRST HALF
The teams are out of the field at the SFS and we're ready to go! Raiders kick off and it's game on!
Roosters will get an early repeat set after Wighton couldn't take a high bomb and knocked it on.
Good defence from the Raiders forces an error and the pressure is let off straight away.
The Raiders look up for this game and are throwing the ball around well and testing the Roosters defence.
Roosters go close to scoring but the final pass goes a mile forward. Raiders get the scrum feed 10m out from their line.
Roosters score. McCrone threw a bad pass which Maloney easily intercepted and ran away to get an easy try against the run of play. Maloney takes the conversion from in front and gets it. Roosters lead 6-0 after 13 mins.
Raiders get a penalty 10m out from the Roosters line and get a good chance to hit back.
Video ref Raiders, ref thinks no try for obstruction. Milford dances around and offloads to Edwards who powers his way over the line. Looks like a clear try. Video ref says try! Edwards scores and gets the Raiders on the scoreboard. Croker converts from in front. Scores are level at 6 all after 20 mins.
Roosters score. They put up a bomb which is tapped back to Jennings who runs over in the corner untouched. There was nobody there to tackle him as Earl had come up to contest the catch. Maloney takes the conversion from the sideline and gets it. Roosters lead 12-6 after 24 mins.
Roosters keep putting up high balls to the Raiders wingers Earl and Wighton. Earl defends the latest one well and the Raiders are working it out of their end.
Video ref Raiders, ref thinks no try for obstruction again. Campese runs the ball and dummies and goes into the in goal. A Rooster is obstructed by White. Video ref says no try and penalty to Roosters.
Milford almost makes a break down the touch line but is tackled out by some desperate Roosters defence.
Roosters score. Jennings goes into a gap between McCrone and Earl out wide and gets the try. Maloney takes the conversion from the sideline and misses. Roosters lead 16-6 with 3 mins until half time.
Ferguson! Raiders score! McCrone gets an offload from Papalii and then throws it to Frguson who has a heap of work to do but manages to somehow get the ball down right in the corner before going out. Great try! Croker takes the conversion from the sideline and just misses.
Half time Roosters lead Raiders 16-10.SECOND HALF
Time for the second half at the SFS between the Raiders and the Roosters. The Raiders have put in a good performance so far and are in with a real chance of winning this. Roosters lead 16-10 and kickoff to restart play after a long wait for a kicking tee.
Roosters score very early in the second half after a drop ball by Berrigan at dummy half while the Raiders were working it out off the kick off. Kenny-Dowall goes over untouched for the try out wide. Maloney takes the conversion and gets it. Roosters lead Raiders 22-10 after 43 mins.
Roosters score. Maloney throws a cutout pass to Tupou who goes over in the corner after the Roosters got a repeat set from a dropout. Maloney takes the conversion from the sideline and gets it. Roosters lead 28-10 after 49 mins.
Raiders hit back! Milford bursts through the line and gives it to Ferguson who draws the Roosters winger and fullback and gives a great pass to Earl who goes over for the try. Croker converts. Roosters lead 28-16 after 55 mins.
Raiders force a drop out with a good Campese grubber. Raiders are putting a lot of pressure on in the last 10 mins or so.
Campese down hurt after a poke in the eye. He's in a fair bit of pain and they are taking him off since he can't open his eye at the moment.
Looks like Berrigan has moved into the halves while Campese is off the field with the eye injury. Roosters lead 28-16 with 13 mins left.
Raiders force a drop out from a good Berrigan grubber. 8 mins left.
Campese might have a broken eye socket.
Raiders get a scrum 10m out from the Roosters line after a pass was touched in flight and went out.
Raiders are in! Ferguson just storms his way over the line and carries the Roosters over with him like he was a forward and plants it down! Croker has a conversion from the sideline to give us a big finish here. He moves in and nails it! Roosters lead 28-22 with 5 mins left.
Raiders have a scrum 10m out after a Roosters knock on. Huge chance here! 3 mins left.
Raiders force a drop out from a Buttriss grubber. 2 mins left.
Thompson knocks the ball backwards off the dropout but the refs unbelievably rule it a knock on.
Full time Roosters defeat Raiders 28-22. Have to say I'm proud of the Raiders even though we lost.Full Time:
Roosters 28 - Raiders 22Source:
RNA Game Day - raiders.net.au/gameday