Raiders hold off Roosters in Canberra

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Canberra Raiders 14 defeat Sydney Roosters 12.

Match Review:
The Canberra Raiders headed into this game holding an excellent record at home against the Roosters. With nothing but pride to play for, the Raiders were hoping to upset the Roosters once again on a cold winter afternoon in Canberra. The Roosters however came into this game with the minor premiership in their sights, and with the Storm winning earlier in the round, it made this an almost must win game if the Roosters wish to win the minor premiership.
The Raiders came into this game off the back of a hard loss at home to the Tigers. With intentions of not losing back to back games at home, they came out strong in the start of this game and were able to pick up first points for the afternoon. 
After a few penalties and a repeat set, the Raiders went on the attack early, and with the big boys drawing plenty of attention up the middle, the space opened up out wide and Jordan Rapana was able to dive over in the corner courtesy of a Brad Abbey stellar cut out pass to his winger to take an early 6-0 lead. A penalty goal not long after extended the Raiders lead to 8 a quarter way through the game.
With the Roosters slowly building and applying pressure with a couple repeat sets, the end result was the 0 staying put next to the Roosters name on the top left of the screen. The Raiders defence was standing up strong and with another penalty goal in the 30th minute, it was looking likely that Canberra would hold the Roosters to nil in the first half, an incredible stat considering the Roosters are the top ranked offensive team in the comp this season for first half points!
With a third penalty goal in the dying minutes for the Raiders, they took a 12-0 lead into the sheds and left us all shell shocked with what happened in that opening 40 minutes as the Roosters were incredibly held scoreless in the first half.
It was an ideal start for the Sydney Roosters as they came out of the sheds with the intent to turn it around. Straight off the bat the Roosters went onto the attack and were able to score a brilliant try in the opening couple of minutes. A set piece play on the Raiders line saw a pass out back find James Tedesco before pumping the dummy out to Latrell Mitchell and hitting Boyd Cordner with the short ball to go over. 
With only 20 minutes remaining, the Roosters continued to build pressure on the Raiders defence. Thanks to a string of five straight penalties, it finally was enough to crack the Raiders defence as a solo effort by Victor Radley saw him storm his way through multiple defenders to plant the ball down right next to the posts to tie the game with the conversion kicked.
Despite the huge finish building up and the Roosters throwing their absolute all at the Raiders, it was the Raiders who came out the winners after Sam Williams slotted a fourth penalty goal with 10 minutes to go. Their defence held strong and miraculously grabbed the win by only scoring a single try within the game. 
Canberra Raiders:
9’ Jordan Rapana (Try)
11’ Sam Williams (Conversion)
15’ Sam Williams (Penalty Goal)
30’ Sam Williams (Penalty Goal)
38’ Sam Williams (Penalty Goal)
70’ Sam Williams (Penalty Goal)
Sydney Roosters:
43’ Boyd Cordner (Try)
44’ Latrell Mitchell (Conversion)
61’ Victor Radley (Try)
62’ Latrell Mitchell (Conversion)


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