Bulldogs brave Canberra's cold

The Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs have braved the almost zero degree temperatures in the National Capital to defeat the Canberra Raiders, 22-14 at GIO Stadium in front of 10,873 fans.

Ricky Stuart continues to struggle to build the Raiders to victory as they slump again to defeat.

Both Josh Reynolds and Trent Hodkinson backed up from State of Origin, Game II on Wednesday Night to lead their side to a four tries to two victory.

Jarrod Croker was the standout performer for the Raiders scoring 10 of the 14 points for the Green Machine. He put the Raiders in front after just six minutes with surging run over the Bulldogs defence, Raiders 6-0.

Drury Low claimed his first four-pointer 10 minutes later as, Man of the Match, Tim Lafai provided a brilliant tip on pass for his winger. The Raiders held a slim 2 point lead, 6-4.

Croker overruled his captain, Terry Campese and elected for a penalty goal in the 24th minute which left Campese fuming. The Raiders jumped ahead 8-4.

Canterbury went on to post a further two tries as the half time siren approached. Raids on both wings saw Corey Thompson (33rd minute) and Drury Low (38th minute) crack the Canberra defence. After 40 minutes, the visitors led, 14-8.

In a decision which left Raiders fans searching for answers in the 50th minute, Tim Lafai was awarded his try by Video Referees, Luke Phillips and Henry Perenara. Lafai cleaned up fumble on the try line by Reece Robinson in the attempt to return in the field of play.

NSW Blues star halfback, Trent Hodkinson put the Bulldogs in front by 14 points with a 67th minute penalty goal, Bulldogs 22-8 leaders.

After being left on the bench for 50 minutes, Anthony Milford bolted into a defensive hole off a well-weighted Campese grubber kick to score the Raiders 2nd try. However it was too late for the home side as they went down 22-14.

Next week the Raiders head up the Hume Highway to Campbelltown Stadium on Saturday to battle with Wests Tigers. Meanwhile, the now 4th placed Bulldogs take a well deserved break with a bye.


Match Details
Canberra Raiders 14 Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 22
Venue: GIO Stadium
Crowd: 10873
Halftime Score: Canberra Raiders 8 Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 14

LeagueUnlimited.com Players of the Match:
3 points - Timoteo Lafai
2 points - Josh Reynolds
1 point - Jarrod Croker

CANBERRA RAIDERS (14)
Tries: Jarrod Croker, Anthony Milford
Field Goals:
Conversions: Jarrod Croker (2/2)
Penalty Goals: Jarrod Croker (1/1)

CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS (22)
Tries: Drury Low (2), Corey Thompson, Timoteo Lafai
Field Goals:
Conversions: Trent Hodkinson (2/4)
Penalty Goals: Trent Hodkinson (1/1)


LeagueUnlimited.com Live Commentary

LATE MAIL: Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs - Pat O'Hanlon drops off the extended bench with no changes made to the side.

LATE MAIL: Canberra Raiders - Anthony Milford has been shifted to the bench to give Reece Robinson the starting fullback position. Brenko Lee comes into the side in place of Sami Sauiluma who has been ruled out due to an eye injury. Joel Edwards starts in the second row wearing jersey #20, Jake Foster drops out of the 17 all together and becomes the 18th man.

Full Time in Under 20s, Holden Cup action has seen the Raiders too strong for the Bulldogs, 44-26.

Welcome to a frosty GIO Stadium in the National Capital as the Raiders host the Bulldogs to kick off a shortened Round 15. The Bulldogs see Origin star halves, Trent Hodkinson and Josh Reynolds back up from Wednesday Night's historic series victory over the QLD Maroons. Ricky Stuart's Raiders continue to struggle in 2014 and a shuffled line-up could impact negativity here tonight.

1: We are UNDERWAY in Canberra as the Raiders kick off wearing their Legacy jerseys to give the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs possession first up in their mainly blue kit.

1: Josh Reynolds completes the first set with a kick from within his 40 metre zone, it's collected by the Raiders outside backs in their own half.

2: Beautiful catch from Mitch Brown under pressure as he took the bomb off the boot of Terry Campese as the Raiders gained 60 metres in their first set

3: Great kick and chase from the Raiders as they muscled up in defence to trap Mitch Brown only a metre out from his own try line as they completed their second set

5: ZERO TACKLE for the Raiders as the Bulldogs jumped to shut down play. Raiders 10 metres out

5: TRY CANBERRA RAIDERS
Scored by Jarrod Croker. Kick to come.

Jarrod Croker with a surging run as burrowed his way under the defence of three Bulldogs and manages to cross for first points.

7: SUCCESSFUL CONVERSION CANBERRA RAIDERS
Conversion attempt by Jarrod Croker successful.

Jarrod Croker with the conversion attempt is successful from out wide on the eastern side of GIO Stadium to give the Raiders a six point lead.

8: UNFORCED ERROR CANBERRA RAIDERS
Jarrod Croker makes an unforced error.

Jarrod Croker unable to hold onto possession as he went for a gallop down the eastern sideline, he looked to skip away from Mitch Brown at the back, however Brown managed to force him to change his line and the ball is dropped.

9: UNFORCED ERROR CANBERRA RAIDERS
Matthew Allwood makes an unforced error.

Matthew Allwood pushing up into the tackle and the ball is knocked down, double knock is called so a scrum packs for the Bulldogs on the 40 metre line inside the Raiders half.

10: Back to back errors for the Raiders as they looked shut down the shift attack from the Bulldogs, the scrum packs and they attack 35 metres out from the Raiders try line

11: UNFORCED ERROR CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS
Greg Eastwood makes an unforced error.

Greg Eastwood is ruled to have lost possession as he charged into the Raiders defence looking for points. The opportunities for the Bulldogs gone begging as they attacked 20 metres out.

12: Glen Buttriss stabs a kick long downfield but it's collected in goal by Mitch Brown, not on the full as he races out into the field of play to be met by the Raiders chasers.

14: UNFORCED ERROR CANBERRA RAIDERS
Brenko Lee makes an unforced error.

Brenko Lee sliding down in cold conditions is unable to get hands on the bouncing kick from Josh Reynolds. Scrum for the Bulldogs 10 metres out

16: We are off to the Colonel for the first time tonight, we have a TRY for Drury Low. Looking at obstruction as Mitch Brown ran behind the hole of Tony Williams.

16: TRY CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS
Scored by Drury Low. Kick to come.

Drury Low gets the GREEN LIGHTS as he took a tip on as the Bulldogs shifted to the left side of the Raiders defence through Mitch Brown.

17: UNSUCCESSFUL CONVERSION CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS
Conversion attempt by Trent Hodkinson unsuccessful.

Trent Hodkinson with the conversion attempt shaves the uprights and it's waived away to the right of the posts

17: First penalty of the night, offside is the call against the Raiders defenders. Hodkinson first the sideline and the Bulldogs attack just 25 metres out

18: UNFORCED ERROR CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS
Greg Eastwood makes an unforced error.

Greg Eastwood unable to hold onto to the run-around pass as the Bulldogs shifted again to the right side. Scrum packs for Canberra deep in their own half

19: Second penalty of the game, this time to the Raiders against Krisnan Inu. Campese kicks for the sideline and the Raiders attack just over the half way line.

20: Handbags at 10 paces as Reynolds gets fired up after being slammed into the goal posts as he took the high bouncing kick. Line drop out is called as Reynolds was trapped in goal.

22: UNFORCED ERROR CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS
Michael Ennis makes an unforced error.

Michael Ennis drops a sitter of a catch as the ball came straight to him off the boot of Josh McCrone. Scrum for the Raiders 10 metres out

24: Bulldogs' markers caught not square as the Raiders attacked only metres out from the try line. Penalty goal being taken despite the objections of Terry Campese.

24: SUCCESSFUL PENALTY GOAL CANBERRA RAIDERS
Penalty goal attempt by Jarrod Croker successful.

Jarrod Croker extends the lead for the Raiders as it's now a 4 point gap over the Bulldogs

26: Penalty to the Bulldogs, Jack Wighton caught offside. Bulldogs kick for touch and attack 30 metres out from the Raiders try line

27: Forward pass called as Mitch Brown shifted over the top on the right of the field. Scrum for the Raiders deep in their own half.

30: UNFORCED ERROR CANBERRA RAIDERS
Josh McCrone makes an unforced error.

Josh McCrone drops possession as he marched into a tackle. Scrum for the Bulldogs 30 metres off their own try line.

31: Shaun Fensom is penalised for a leg pull. Bulldogs kick for touch and attack 20 metres out from the Raiders try line.

32: ZERO TACKLE for the Bulldogs as the Raiders touched the ball in flight as it was lobbed over to the wing of Low. Bulldogs attacking metres out from the try line

33: TRY CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS
Scored by Corey Thompson. Kick to come.

Corey Thompson took a brilliant short pass from Krisnan Inu and the passing game catches the Raiders short as the Bulldogs post their second try

34: SUCCESSFUL CONVERSION CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS
Conversion attempt by Trent Hodkinson successful.

Trent Hodkinson from the eastern sideline nails the conversion to give the Bulldogs a two point lead

35: UNFORCED ERROR CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS
Josh Reynolds makes an unforced error.

Josh Reynolds comes up with a fumble off the kick restart and the Raiders pack a 10 metre scrum

36: UNFORCED ERROR CANBERRA RAIDERS
Matthew Allwood makes an unforced error.

Matthew Allwood makes a meal of the pass from Campese. Scrum for the Bulldogs 10 metres off their own try line.

37: 40/20 CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS
Josh Reynolds kicks a 40/20.

Josh Reynolds nails a 40/20 kick and he rushes up quickly to take the tap with the Raiders defenders slowly getting back in position.

38: TRY CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS
Scored by Drury Low. Kick to come.

Drury Low gets his second try of the night as he slid over in the corner and took out an NRL photographer. Video referee has no issue with the grounding.

38: UNSUCCESSFUL CONVERSION CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS
Conversion attempt by Trent Hodkinson unsuccessful.

Trent Hodkinson fails to convert from the sideline and the score remains

40: HALF TIME at GIO Stadium sees the Bulldogs lead the Raiders 14-8

41: Des Hasler has given a massive spray to his Bulldogs at half time as they return out for the second half. Kick off sees the second forty underway

43: Mitch Brown with a wrapping run out of the in goal area after taking the catch of the kick in the field of play. Raiders keeping the Bulldogs deep in their own half.

45: Terry Campese has come off the field requiring some assistance with a knee concern.

48: Mitch Brown watches the ball off the boot of Anthony Milford roll dead and it's 20m tap for the Bulldogs.

50: VIDEO REFEREE called on here for Tim Lafai, looks like Reece Robinson slipped and reached out into the field of play.

50: TRY CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS
Scored by Timoteo Lafai. Kick to come.

Tim Lafai gets the GREEN LIGHTS as he cleaned up a mistake from Robinson as he attempted get out into the field of play, but he is ruled to have lost it. Lafai cleans up!

52: SUCCESSFUL CONVERSION CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS
Conversion attempt by Trent Hodkinson successful.

Trent Hodkinson splits the uprights and the Bulldogs claim a 12 point lead over the Raiders

53: Penalty comes after the kick restart and the Bulldogs find the sideline from a massive kick but it was touched by Robinson on it's way to the line. Scrum packs for the Bulldogs 20 metres out

53: UNFORCED ERROR CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS
Josh Jackson makes an unforced error.

Josh Jackson looked to back his way into the Raiders defence and the short pass from Ennis is dropped. Raiders with the zero tackle deep in their own half

56: Penalty to the Bulldogs, Josh Jackson is ruled not square at marker. Terry Campese is back on for the Raiders and he fires the sideline to give the Raiders possession 40 metres out from the try line.

57: Trent Hodkinson is forced to take the ball dead off a short kick from Josh McCrone as he stabbed the ball in goal. Line drop out for the Raiders now.

58: UNFORCED ERROR CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS
Mitch Brown makes an unforced error.

Dane Tilse looking for an offload and it's knocked down by Tim Browne. Scrum for the Raiders 10 metres out from the Bulldogs try line.

59: Penalty to the Raiders, Lafai caught inside the 10 metre on the try line. Quick tap was attempted by the Raiders but it's called back by the referees. Raiders just 10 metres out with a full set

61: Josh Reynolds ends up with possession as Josh McCrone went without the offload rushed from Dave Shillington. Bulldogs attack 20 metres short of the half way line.

62: UNFORCED ERROR CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS
Krisnan Inu makes an unforced error.

Krisnan Inu jumping for the catch of the bomb but it's dropped, change over is ruled as the Raiders play down in their own half.

63: Josh McCrone has limped off for the Raiders as Josh Reynolds rolls the ball over the sideline to give the Raiders a scrum feed 20 metres off their own try line

64: Jarrod Croker has been taken out as he raced back for the kick. Penalty has been given and the players have blown up at the call and they are shirt grabbing shirts now.

66: Penalty to the Bulldogs, late tackle is the call as the kick was taken by Josh Reynolds. Penalty goal is being taken by the Bulldogs to make the lead 14 points.

67: SUCCESSFUL PENALTY GOAL CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS
Penalty goal attempt by Trent Hodkinson successful.

Trent Hodkinson with the penalty goal attempt makes it a 14 point gap as he slots the extras

70: UNFORCED ERROR CANBERRA RAIDERS
Brenko Lee makes an unforced error.

Brenko Lee made a meal of the cross field kick from Josh Reynolds and the Bulldogs have a scrum feed down in the Raiders half.

71: Jarrod Croker has come up with the ball from the base of the scrum as Reynolds didn't get a catch of the ball as he fumbled. Raiders bust up field over half way through Croker.

71: Joel Edwards has been cleaned up by Krisnan Inu and as he was flattened he drops the ball. Bulldogs back in possession on their 40 metre line.

72: UNFORCED ERROR CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS
Michael Ennis makes an unforced error.

The dewy conditions see Michael Ennis unable to get a quick play of the ball and the Raiders pack down a scrum just shy of the half way line.

74: TRY CANBERRA RAIDERS
Scored by Anthony Milford. Kick to come.

Anthony Milford has sailed into a gap off a well-weighted grubber from Terry Campese as he saw no fullback in position. Raiders strike back as the video referee awards the points.

74: SUCCESSFUL CONVERSION CANBERRA RAIDERS
Conversion attempt by Jarrod Croker successful.

Jarrod Croker converts to make the gap 8 points from right in front

76: Change over is called as Fensom was caught with the ball 10 metres short of the Bulldogs try line.

77: Scrum packs for the Bulldogs 10 metres short of the half way line, as soon as the ball comes out it's on again with the niggle between the teams.

80: FULL TIME: The Cantebury-Bankstown Bulldogs have braved the sub-zero temperatures in the National Capital to defeat the Canberra Raiders, 22-14 at GIO Stadium in front of 10,873 fans.

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