Full Time
80:00
6:30pm Sun March 18, 2018
Round 2 - GIO Stadium Canberra - Crowd: 12626
79min

Knights hang on again! Great clash.

79min

Austin tries a chip and chase and gets a favourable bounce, however the Knights come up with it, just 40 seconds left.

78min

Pearce almost gets a 40/20, Rapana knocks the ball back infield and then regathers. Raiders still in it.

77min

Raiders run it on the last but the Knights keep them out.

76min

PENALTY RAIDERS - Raiders get into the Knights half with 3 minutes left.

75min

SCRUM RAIDERS - Pearce finds touch with a grubber, 20m from the Raiders line.

75min

Conversion: Knights
Attempted by Kalyn Ponga.

Ponga unable to convert from out wide.

Knights lead Raiders 28 - 30 Knights
73min

Try: Knights
Scored by Sione Mata'utia. Kick to come.

Pearce holds up a short ball for Mata'utia who hits the gap between Croker and Cotric to score.

Knights lead Raiders 28 - 30 Knights
71min

SCRUM KNIGHTS - Papalii makes a meal of the play the ball. Knights will get a set inside the Raiders 30m.

71min

Ponga with a break on the left edge and throws the ball infield but its hits the ground and the Raiders dive on it.

70min

PENALTY KNIGHTS - Ponga takes a great catch and is hit high in the tackle.

65min

Conversion: Knights
Kicked by Kalyn Ponga.

Ponga curls his kick between the sticks

Raiders lead Raiders 28 - 26 Knights
65min

Try: Knights
Scored by Connor Watson. Kick to come.

Second time lucky for Watson. ROss with another run down the sideline and grubber infield for Watson. This time Watson holds the ball and falls over the line for a try.

Raiders lead Raiders 28 - 24 Knights
64min

Wighton attempted a short side grubber but kicks it out on the full.

64min

Gubb looks like he's suffered a groin injury here. Staying on the field though.

62min

Conversion: Raiders
Kicked by Jarrod Croker.

Croker from right in front makes no mistake.

Raiders lead Raiders 28 - 20 Knights
61min

Try: Raiders
Scored by Jarrod Croker. Kick to come.

Croker with a good try after Havili gets a good offload away to Sezer. He passes to Austin who weaves through the broken middle defence before putting Croker over for the try.

Raiders lead Raiders 26 - 20 Knights
59min

PENALTY RAIDERS - Knights chasers offside

58min

SCRUM KNIGHTS - Austin finds touch with a good kick.

55min

Penalty Goal: Raiders
Kicked by Jarrod Croker.

Croker slots the panelty goal from right in front to give his side the lead again.

Raiders lead Raiders 22 - 20 Knights
55min

PENALTY RAIDERS - Knights giving away a ton of penalties

53min

PENALTY RAIDERS - They get another set 10m from the Knights line. Taking the tap.

53min

Williams kicks a 40/20.

52min

SCRUM RAIDERS - Watson knock-on.

52min

Ross with a run down the sideline, grubbers infield but Watson is unable to regather in time and knocks on in the process of grounding the ball.

51min

Conversion: Knights
Kicked by Kalyn Ponga.

Ponga converts and we're level again.

Tied up at Raiders 20 - 20 Knights
49min

Try: Knights
Scored by Tautau Moga. Kick to come.

Ponga gets another try assist as he sends Moga over for a gift 4 pointer.

Raiders lead Raiders 20 - 18 Knights
47min

Raiders cannot keep the ball from a Knights kick, Knights regather and get 6 again deep in the Raiders half.

45min

Conversion: Raiders
Kicked by Jarrod Croker.

Croker converts from just to the right of the posts.

Raiders lead Raiders 20 - 14 Knights
44min

Try: Raiders
Scored by Elliot Whitehead. Kick to come.

Whitehead scores his second after spotting an offload from Paulo and strolls over to score another soft try.

Raiders lead Raiders 18 - 14 Knights
43min

SCRUM RAIDERS - Williams kicks for Cotric, but SKD gets it first, however he drops the ball on his way to the ground.

42min

PENALTY RAIDERS - Raiders get another set of 6 inside the Knights 10m zone.

41min

PENALTY RAIDERS - Knights making a mess in the ruck. Raiders 10m out still.

40min

PENALTY RAIDERS - Canberra gets to go on the attack straight away.

40min

Back underway.

39min

Penalty Goal: Raiders
Kicked by Jarrod Croker.

15m in from the right sideline and Croker is succesful.

Tied up at Raiders 14 - 14 Knights
39min

PENALTY RAIDERS - Just as the siren sounds for halftime. Croker will line up to try and level the scores.

38min

Austin makes a break but is eventually brought down by Ponga

37min

Penalty Goal: Knights
Kicked by Kalyn Ponga.

Ponga nails the penalty goal

Knights lead Raiders 12 - 14 Knights
36min

PENALTY KNIGHTS - Late tackle on Pearce.

35min

PENALTY KNIGHTS - Raiders penalised for not packing the scrum in time.

34min

SCRUM KNIGHTS - Raiders find touch with a tidy grubber

33min

Conversion: Raiders
Attempted by Jarrod Croker.

Croker from out wide on the right side again, is unable to add the extras.

Tied up at Raiders 12 - 12 Knights
32min

Try: Raiders
Scored by Elliot Whitehead. Kick to come.

Williams kick finds Rapana who produces a stunning leap, catch and pass back to Whitehead, who scores an easy try.

Tied up at Raiders 12 - 12 Knights
31min

SCRUM RAIDERS - Knights turn it over on the second tackle.

30min

SCRUM KNIGHTS - Raiders dropped ball. Crowd not happy with what looked like a trip by Ross on Rapana.

27min

Injury update - Early reports suggesting Leilua has an ankle sprain.

27min

Conversion: Knights
Kicked by Kalyn Ponga.

Ponga from just to the left of the posts, makes no mistake.

Knights lead Raiders 8 - 12 Knights
25min

Try: Knights
Scored by Lachlan Fitzgibbon. Kick to come.

Ponga with a lovely short ball to Fitzgibbon who cuts through the defence close to the line and scores.

Knights lead Raiders 8 - 10 Knights
25min

PENALTY KNIGHTS - Williams with a high tackle.

24min

SCRUM KNIGHTS - Cotric has tried to play the ball too quickly and he's tripped himself up and made a real hash of it.

24min

Connor Watson drops a pass cold late in the set.

22min

Leilua is bent back awkwardly in the tackle and has injured either his knee or ankle. He can't put any weight on it. Doesn't look good.

22min

Pearce kicks for Ross, but Rapana was equal to the task

20min

Penalty Goal: Raiders
Kicked by Jarrod Croker.

Croker from right in front nails the gift two

Raiders lead Raiders 8 - 6 Knights
19min

PENALTY RAIDERS - Moga flies up out of the line way too fast and is offside. Raiders 10m out and have opted to take the two.

17min

PENALTY RAIDERS - Pearce with a high tackle.

15min

Conversion: Raiders
Kicked by Jarrod Croker.

Croker from the sideline converts.

Tied up at Raiders 6 - 6 Knights
15min

Try: Raiders
Scored by Jordan Rapana. Kick to come.

A good passage of passing by the Raiders right side results in a try in the corner for Rapana.

Knights lead Raiders 4 - 6 Knights
14min

SCRUM RAIDERS - Ross tried an intercept and dropped the ball. Raiders 30m out now.

13min

SCRUM RAIDERS - Pearce with a good kick finds touch 10m from the Raiders line.

12min

Conversion: Knights
Kicked by Kalyn Ponga.

Ponga slots the goal

Knights lead Raiders 0 - 6 Knights
10min

Try: Knights
Scored by Aidan Guerra. Kick to come.

Watson with a great ball to Guerra running back in on a great line and he scores.

Knights lead Raiders 0 - 4 Knights
10min

PENALTY KNIGHTS - Raiders again pinged for holding down in the tackle. Knights with a fresh set inside the Raiders 20m

9min

PENALTY KNIGHTS - Boyd holding down too long in the tackle.

8min

Austin with a dummy and step and almost gets to the line. Next play and Papalii very nearly powers over as well.

7min

PENALTY RAIDERS - Cotric catches the Knights offside. Raiders 40m away from the tryline now.

5min

SCRUM KNIGHTS - Soliola knock on.

5min

Barnett coming off for a HIA after trying to tackle Boyd.

5min

Short ball to Soliola very close to the line and he can't hang onto the ball. Knights.

4min

PENALTY RAIDERS - Knights inside the 10. Raiders get to start their set on halfway.

3min

SCRUM RAIDERS - Raiders will have to work it out from their 10m line.

3min

Moga goes close but on the next passage of play Barnett drops it cold.

2min

PENALTY KNIGHTS - Knights will start their set 37m out from the Raiders line.

1min

Conservative sets from both sides early on.

And we're underway in Canberra! Raiders kick off

Referees & scorers:

Referees: Ashley Klein, Matt Noyen

Touch Judges: Ricky MacFarlane, Belinda Sleeman

Video Referee: Steve Chiddy, Bryan Norrie

CANBERRA RAIDERS (28)
Tries: Jordan Rapana, Jarrod Croker, Elliot Whitehead (2)
Field Goals:
Conversions: Jarrod Croker (3/4)
Penalty Goals: Jarrod Croker (3/3)

NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS (30)
Tries: Aidan Guerra, Lachlan Fitzgibbon, Tautau Moga, Connor Watson, Sione Mata'utia
Field Goals:
Conversions: Kalyn Ponga (4/5)
Penalty Goals: Kalyn Ponga (1/1)