Bears battle the Raiders at North Sydney Oval

The Bears Harold Matthews team have fought down to the wire with some inspired play against the Canberra Raiders on Saturday at North Sydney Oval.

Leading 10-8 at half time the Bears were unable to convert their final try to finish behind only 2 points against Canberra 20-18.

Inspired by the performances of new recruits David Hickey and Adrian Haangana the Matts regained their pre-season form in defence which allowed them to match points with the junior Raiders. An outstanding example of determination and guts was Adrian Haangana