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As It Happened: Raiders V Dragons - NRL
« on: July 27, 2013, 07:48:45 PM »
Canberra Raiders V St George Illawarra Dragons
Round 20 NRL @ WIN Stadium

As It Happened:

We're almost ready for kick off at WIN stadium for the rivalry round grudge match between the Raiders and Dragons. Earl comes in to the Raiders team after returning from injury.

FIRST HALF

The teams are out on the field and we're ready to go! Dragons kick off and it's game on! Go mighty Raiders!

Dragons get an early penalty after the Raiders put pressure on their line with a high bomb.

Video ref Dragons, ref says no try. Dragons kicked the ball high and Creagh leaps for it but is held up by the Raiders. Dugan also shoved Campese in the back off the ball. Video ref says no try and changeover to Raiders.

Raiders get a penalty for the Dragons holding down in the tackle and will go deep on the attack.

Raiders score first! Edwards crashes over in the corner after an offload from Croker. The Raiders look good in the opening minutes of this one. Croker lines up the conversion from the sideline and nails it. Raiders lead the Dragons 6-0 after 8 mins.

Raiders get a penalty on half way for the Dragons being off side. It's a high quality game so far.

Raiders go close to scoring but Earl can't take the high ball from Campese and Dragons get a 20m tap.

Video ref Dragons, ref thinks try. They are checking on side from a kick that has rebounded a couple of times. Creagh was clearly offside on the kick and this should be no try. Video ref says no try. Raiders get a penalty.

Raiders keep putting up lots of high kicks to the Dragons back three. Raiders still lead 6-0 after 22 mins.

Raiders go close to scoring but the final pass from Milford to Robinson goes forward. Dragons are working it out of their end.

Dragons put pressure on the Raiders line but knock on and give the Raiders a scrum feed 10m out.

Video ref Raiders, ref thinks try. Croker goes the length of the field and Vidot chases him all the way and only just forces him out as he plants the ball down. Video ref says no try.

Dugan down injured after falling into a tackle by Thompson after catching a ball. His head got bent badly in the tackle. Nothing malicious in it at all from Thompson. Dugan gets up and walks off. Thompson placed on report for no reason.

Dragons score after getting a penalty they didnt deserve after Dugan pretended to be a soccer player and played for the penalty. Stockwell gets the try. Stanley takes the conversion and gets it. The score is now level at 6 all between the Raiders and Dragons after 36 mins.

Raiders hit straight back! Robinson goes over in the corner after Milford made a long break the play before off a great McCrone pass. Croker gave a brilliant pass for Robinson to sore the try. Croker takes the conversion from the sideline and misses to the right.

Half time Raiders lead Dragons 10-6.

SECOND HALF

Teams are back out for the second half of NRL between the Raiders and Dragons at WIN Stadium. Raiders lead 10-6. Canberra kick off and play is back on. Go mighty Raiders!

Raiders score very early in the second half after a charge down on a Dragons kick! Berrigan goes from dummy half and dives over easily to score. Croker converts from right in front. Raiders lead 16-6 after 42 mins.

Dragons go close to scoring off a bomb but knock on in goal and give the Raiders a 20m tap and then give away a penalty for holding down in the tackle.

A bit of push and shove by both teams after a tackle on Milford. Bit of feeling coming into the match now.

Dragons score. Harrison gets the try off a short ball by Fien close to the line. Stanley takes the conversion and kicks it. Raiders lead Dragons 16-12 after 55 mins.

Dragons put pressure on the Raiders line but knock on and give the Raiders a scrum and they work it down the field.

Raiders score! Milford dances around about half the Dragons team and weaves through to get the try. Great footwork as usual by Anthony! Croker takes the conversion from near the posts and gets it. Raiders lead 22-12 with 16 mins left.

Video ref Dragons, ref says no try. Creagh dives and tries to get the ball down after a big overlap for the Dragons but it looks like Earl has done a brilliant job to stop him. Might be a penalty against Earl for a high tackle. Video ref says no try and penalty to Dragons. Earl is on report. 8 mins left Raiders lead 22-12.

Video ref Dragons, ref thinks try. Morris dives for a kick and they are checking if he has got it down before dead ball line. It's a try he's grounded it. Video ref says try. Stanley takes the conversion from the sideline and kicks it. Raiders lead Dragons 22-18 with 6 mins left. Close finish here!

Video ref Raiders, ref thinks try. Earl leaps high for a McCrone kick and steals it out of the hands of Dugan then offloads to Buttriss who dives over for the try. Video ref says no try?? They say Buttriss was offside.

Time off with 2 mins left. They are calling for a stretcher for Dugan. He's copped a knee right in the head from teammate Nightengale. He gets up and they won't need the stretcher but they are pulling him off.

Raiders working it out of their end with 1 min left.

Raiders win! Earl is tackled with the ball on the final play after catching a Dragons kick.

Full time Raiders defeat Dragons 22-18.

Full Time: Raiders 22 - Dragons 18

Source: Raiders LIVE Match Centre - raiders.net.au/gameday