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As It Happened: Raiders V Sharks - Holden Cup
« on: May 19, 2013, 04:12:23 PM »
Canberra Raiders V Cronulla Sharks
Round 10 Holden Cup @ Sharks Stadium

As It Happened:

Getting close to the start of Raiders V Sharks in the Holden cup at Shark park. See the late changes to the Raiders team here: http://forums.raiders.net.au/canberra-raiders-nyc-team-news/late-changes-to-raiders-holden-cup-team-to-tackle-sharks/

Raiders are aiming for 9 games without defeat in the Holden Cup today and will take first place on the ladder if we win! Go mighty green machine! Kick off in about 10 mins.

FIRST HALF

We are underway in the Holden Cup at Shark park between the Raiders and Cronulla. Lets do it boys! Raiders kicked off.

Sharks go close to scoring in their first set and force a drop out. Raiders showed good defence to hold them out.

Raiders defend well off the drop out and then work the ball the length of the field and turn it over 5m out from the Sharks line. Raiders then force a knock on and will put pressure on Sharks in their own half.

Sharks get a penalty and go down the field and force another drop out. Beautiful day for footy at Shark park today.

Sharks go close to scoring in the corner off a kick but the ball beats them over the touch in goal line.

Sharks had a chance but threw the ball forward due to good Raiders defence. Raiders scrum 10m out from their line.

Both teams trying to gain the upper hand in this match. Still nil all after 18 mins.

Sharks get held up over the line in a good try saving tackle by Raiders.

Try to Sharks. They put in a little grubber and the Raiders can't clean it up and Pittman scores for Cronulla. Walsh takes the conversion and kicks it. Sharks lead Raiders 6-0 in the Holden cup after 22 mins.

Sharks keep putting up high bombs but the Raiders back three are taking them very well under pressure.

Raiders try! What a great play! Pangai makes a break down the left side and gives a great flick pass and then Gerard is given a good ball after the fullback was drawn and he goes over and scores. Cornish converts and the scores are level at 6 all after 31 mins.

Sharks hit straight back with a try. Sorenson busts his way through the Raiders defence and gets the ball down. Walsh lines up the conversion and misses. Sharks lead Raiders 10-6 after 35 mins in the Holden cup.

Cornish forces a knock on with a huge bomb and gives the Raiders a great chance before half time.

Try to Raiders! Ahearn weaves his way past defenders and dives over! Cornish takes the conversion and hits the posts and misses. That's half time and the scores are level between the Raiders and Sharks at 10 all in the Holden cup.

SECOND HALF

Kick off to the second half of Holden cup at Shark park with the scores level at 10 all. Sharks kicked off. Cornish has stayed on the bench after half time, not sure why. Possible injury but he doesn't look hurt.

Good defence holds the Sharks up over the line and stops a try.

Try to Sharks. Lambert scores after getting a good offload after the Raiders centre and winger were drawn in. Walsh misses conversion. Sharks lead 14-10 after 43 mins.

Raiders force a drop out with a good grubber from Ahearn who is having a really good game today.

Sharks score in the corner through Niulesa after putting the Raiders on the back foot and going the length of the field in the set. Walsh misses the conversion. Sharks lead Raiders 18-10 after 48 mins.

Sharks score again. Morris goes over this time off a break from Walsh after Brown dummied and stepped through the line. Walsh lines up the conversion from in front and kicks it. Sharks lead Raiders 24-10 after 52 mins. Cornish has some kind of hamstring injury and is still on the bench watching the match.

Beautiful long ball from Ahearn puts Smith over in the corner for the Raiders to hit back! Reuben made a big break just previously to get the Raiders good field position. Schubach misses the conversion. Sharks lead Raiders 24-14 after 59 mins.

Raiders go back to back! Ahearn gives another good ball to Pangai who barnstorms his way past almost the entire Sharks team and scores under the posts. Worboys converts from in front and its Sharks leading 24-20 with 18 mins left. Game on!

Sharks still lead 24-20 in the Holden cup with 13 mins left. Big finish coming up here.

Raiders get a penalty on half way for a strip and will go deep on the attack.

Raiders almost score off a kick but the ball just beats Reuben over the dead ball line. 8 mins left.

The boys get into a bit of a fight and Sharks get a penalty for a high tackle and go on the attack.

Sharks kick the ball dead and Raiders get the 20m tap. 6 mins left Sharks lead 24-20.

Sharks almost score but are held up and are challenging the call. Great defence by Raiders. The call stands. 2 mins left Sharks lead 24-20.

Oh yes! Raiders score!! What a play! Ahearn puts in a chip and Reuben grabs it and beats the Sharks fullback and scores. 24 all kick to come to win it....

Worboys lines up the kick to win the game, big kick for Jordy here he's not a regular kicker... He moves in AND KICKS IT!! The siren sounds and the mighty Raiders win it in the last minute! Raiders are now first on top of the table in the Holden cup!

Full time Raiders defeat the Sharks in the final minute 26-24 in the Holden Cup.

Full Time: Raiders 26 - Sharks 24

Source: RNA Game Day - raiders.net.au/gameday