Raiders beat Broncos to cement top 8 spot
The Canberra Raiders have defeated the Brisbane Broncos in cold conditions in the nations capital tonight in front of 10, 419 faithful fans.
In a game that started out as an arm wrestle, it soon turned into a whitewash as the Raiders put on 24 unanswered points in the first half. The Broncos were able to mount several quick come backs at the end of the first half and throughout the second half but were unable to overcome the high flying Raiders in a fast paced, yet scrappy match.
It was a back and forth affair to start the game tonight, with the Broncos and Raiders trading kicks to the fullbacks and wingers until the 11th minute, when a bomb by Terry Campese was put up for collection by Blake Ferguson, fresh from Origin. He flicked the ball back to a flying Josh McCrone to score next to the posts. Jarrod Croker kicked the goal from in front and the Raiders were on the scoreboard.
It took only 4 more minutes for the Raiders to cross the line for their second of the evening, with Joel Thompson charging over the line in the first set from the kick off. The pass was a short one from Campese to put Thompson in and Croker never looked like missing the conversion.
The arm wrestle was well and truly alive again with the Broncos and Raiders trading blows, before Reece Robinson threw a long ball out to Edrick Lee, who beat defenders to sprint up the left edge sideline. He got a pass back on the inside to Jarrod Croker in support, who sprinted the rest of the way to score under the posts. Croker converted his own try to extend the lead.
Another try followed soon after on the back of a Reece Robinson play, which saw him go down the short side and get the ball off to Edrick Lee who crashed through several defenders to post the 4th try for the Raiders on the night. Croker nailed the conversion from the sideline to extend the lead to 4 converted tries.
A minute before the half time break, a brilliant individual effort from Scott Prince saw the Broncos post their first points of the night. A dummy pass from close to the line saw Prince pass through the defensive line and dive over the line for a quick 4 pointer. He converted his own try and the Broncos were back in the hunt.
The Broncos had to be the next team to score to have any hope of winning, and they did so through a great run by Matt Gillett. He gather the ball from the air off of a kick from Peter Wallace and strolled over the line in the 53rd minute to reduce the gap. Prince converted and the Broncos were on the right page in the second half.
The grind set in after the Broncos try and was broken with only 15 minutes left to play in the second half. Campese took the ball to the line before passing off to Joel Edwards, who used his footwork to pass through the Broncos defense to score next to the posts. Croker again nailed the conversion and the try all but put the Broncos out of the contest.
The last try of the game through Mitchell Dodds, who ran onto a short ball from Parker, and saw the big man cross over the line for another Broncos try. Prince kicked the conversion but unfortunately it was too little, too late for the visitors as they went down heavily in tonight’s game.
Next week, it's the Raiders at home to Penrith on Saturday, and the Broncos will have another Monday night game against the Tigers, this time at home in Brisbane.
Canberra Raiders 36 Brisbane Broncos 12
Venue: Canberra Stadium
Halftime Score: Canberra Raiders 24-6
LeagueUnlimited.com Players of the Match:
3 points - Shaun Fensom
2 points - Jarrod Croker
1 point - Corey Parker
CANBERRA RAIDERS (36)
Tries: Josh McCrone, Jarrod Croker, Joel Thompson, Edrick Lee, Matt Gillett, Joel Edwards
Conversions: Jarrod Croker (5/5), Scott Prince (1/1)
BRISBANE BRONCOS (12)
Tries: Scott Prince, Mitchell Dodds
Conversions: Scott Prince (2/2)
LeagueUnlimited.com Live Commentary
Raiders: 1. Reece Robinson 2. Jack Wighton 3. Jarrod Croker 4. Blake Ferguson 5. Edrick Lee 6. Terry Campese (c) 7. Josh McCrone 16. Dane Tilse 18. Glen Buttriss 10. Brett White 11. Josh Papalii 12. Joel Thompson 13. Shaun Fensom
Interchange: 8. David Shillington 14. Anthony Milford 17. Paul Vaughan 19. Joel Edwards
Broncos: 1. Corey Norman 3. Jack Reed 21. Justin Hodges 4. Josh Hoffman 5. Jordan Kahu 6. Scott Prince 7. Peter Wallace 8. Josh McGuire 9. Andrew McCullough 10. Sam Thaiday 11. Alex Glenn 12. Matt Gillett 13. Corey Parker
Interchange: 14. Justin Hunt 15. David Hala 17. Mitchell Dodds 18. Jarrod Wallace
The Raiders team is in!
Berrigan and Picker will be out of the team and in come Buttriss and Edwards. Shillington to the bench and Tilse into the starting line up.
The Broncos have also finalised their line up. Whitchurch and Anderson drop off but the big news is that Hodges will play.
Not long now until kick off in a cold, cold Canberra. Stay tuned for the call.
Just when I thought the Cowboys or Eels we're running out I realise it's the Raiders! Looking good already!
The Broncos kick off and the Raiders will bring the ball out from their own half for the first set.
1 min: The kick has gone dead in goal and the Broncos will start from the 20m line.
2 min: PENALTY - The Broncos defensive line pulled back for being offside.
3 min: The Raiders are on the attack and doing well. Prince takes the bomb and gets out comfortably.
4 min: Both sides making metres easily. Broncos put up a bomb but it's taken on the roll by the Raiders.
6 min: The crowd calling for a penalty for a high tackle on Lee. The referees don't like the call and allow play to continue.
7 min: The Broncos with a great set here out of their own half.
8 min: Reed has been taken into touch and it'll be a scrum to the Raiders.
10 min: The kick by Prince has gone too far and is out dead in goal.
11 min: McCrone is in!
11 min: TRY CANBERRA RAIDERS
Scored by Josh McCrone. Conversion attempt by Jarrod Croker successful.
Campese puts up a bomb and it's cleaned up by Ferguson who passes back to McCrone who scores under the posts. Crocker kicks the conversion from in front.
Canberra Raiders 6-0
13 min: Another try on the restart!
15 min: TRY CANBERRA RAIDERS
Scored by Joel Thompson. Conversion attempt by Jarrod Croker successful.
Campese makes a break through the middle and gets the pass off to Thompson who has the power to crash over the line for a quick back up try! Croker kicks the second to give the Raiders an early lead.
Canberra Raiders 12-0
16 min: The Broncos have had a good defensive set and will work it out from their own half.
17 min: PENALTY - Broncos pinged for laying on the attacker for too long.
17 min: UNFORCED ERROR CANBERRA RAIDERS
Josh Papalii makes an unforced error.
Papalii loses it in the tackle and the Broncos will get an attacking set in range of the try line.
18 min: PENALTY - Papalii with his hand on the ball and the Broncos will start within the Raiders 20m.
19 min: PENALTY - Parker loses the ball in the tackle but it's called to have been stripped.
20 min: Reed gets over the line but is held up and they'll restart on the 10m line.
20 min: Prince puts in a deft grubber and Robinson cleans up the ball. The Broncos will get the ball back from the goal line drop out.
21 min: Wallace makes a break but slips over before getting to the fullback.
21 min: The kick is in at the end of the set but it's been cleaned up by Ferguson and the Raiders will bring it out from their own half.
23 min: Glenn gets the ball back from the Wallace bomb and passes it to Hodges who puts in another kick. Prince has lost it forward and the Raiders will get out of that one.
25 min: McCrone puts up a big bomb taken by Kahu. Thompson runs over the top and Ferguson slides through the bottom and Kahu looks hurt.
26 min: Croker is in for the 3rd of the night!
27 min: TRY CANBERRA RAIDERS
Scored by Jarrod Croker. Conversion attempt by Jarrod Croker successful.
Robinson floats a ball out to Lee from the Brisbane kick down field and Lee is away down the sideline! He passes inside to Croker who is in for the 3rd of the night. He kicks his own conversion and things are not looking good for the Broncos.
Canberra Raiders 18-0
29 min: A flukey kick from Campese sees the ball drift over the sideline. The Broncos will get us back under way with the scrum.
30 min: Parker gets the ball from the bomb and passes the ball backwards to Edwards. The Raiders get out of that one and will run it back out from their own half.
32 min: Wallace with another kick to complete the set but it's gone dead again. Considering the last try that might be a good idea.
32 min: The Raiders are in again!
35 min: TRY CANBERRA RAIDERS
Scored by Edrick Lee. Conversion attempt by Jarrod Croker successful.
Robinson with the ball down the short side and he gets the pass off to Lee who crashes over to extend the margin to 4 tries. Croker converts the try and it's a 4 converted try lead.
Canberra Raiders 24-0
36 min: PENALTY - Reed cleans up the ball and Campese has come in with the knees. Campese goes on report and the Broncos will get a set from inside the Raiders half.
37 min: Scott Prince is in with an individual effort!
39 min: TRY BRISBANE BRONCOS
Scored by Scott Prince. Conversion attempt by Scott Prince successful.
Scott Prince with a big dummy, fooling several defenders and is in for a solo effort try! Prince easily converts to get the Broncos on the score board.
Canberra Raiders 24-6
40 min: Raiders kick off and Thaiday brings the ball up for one tackle before the hooter sounds. We'll be back shortly for the second half.
40 min: Robinson kicks off to get us back underway! The Broncos will run the ball back.
41 min: UNFORCED ERROR BRISBANE BRONCOS
Sam Thaiday makes an unforced error.
Thaiday has lost the ball forward and the Raiders will get a sniff in the Broncos half.
42 min: The Broncos do well to keep them at bay and the Broncos will get back out from their own line.
43 min: After getting smashed early the Broncos made some good metres but Wallace has kicked the ball too far over the dead ball line.
44 min: Knock on by Edwards and the Broncos will get the scrum.
45 min: Robinson kicks the ball dead in goal with the Broncos on the chase and it'll be a goal line drop out.
46 min: PENALTY - The Raiders are penalised for laying all over the Broncos player and Brosbane get an opportunity from close to the line.
46 min: PENALTY - This time it's Lee penalised for laying on the player. Pressure mounting here for the Raiders.
46 min: Milford cleans up the grubber from Wallace and makes some metres before being pulled down by Hodges.
48 min: UNFORCED ERROR CANBERRA RAIDERS
Josh Papalii makes an unforced error.
Papalii drops the ball running it over the halfway line and the Broncos will get it back from the scrum.
50 min: The Broncos attack well but the kick by Prince has gone too far and the Raiders get the restart on the 20m line.
51 min: The bomb at the other end of the field has been taken comfortably by Norman who runs it out to get us started on the 20m line. Reed looks to have copped a stray knee from Papalii. There was nothing bad in it and Reed is now getting up.
51 min: Gillett with a strong showing for a try!
53 min: TRY CANBERRA RAIDERS
Scored by Matt Gillett. Conversion attempt by Scott Prince successful.
Wallace puts up the bomb from the play the ball and Gillett plucks the ball out of the air on the run and plants the ball over the line for a great looking try. Prince easily converts to reduce the margin to 12.
Canberra Raiders 30-6
54 min: PENALTY - Raiders called offside and the Broncos will march up the other end of the field.
56 min: Brisbane have thrown the forward pass and the Raiders will start with the scrum feed.
57 min: Campese cannons the ball over the sideline for a scrum. They all look happy for the break after an early Broncos onslaught in the second half.
58 min: Brisbane make a break through Norman and they make good metres before a long kick down field.
58 min: Play has been called off and Campese is not happy because the call was made on the advise of a trainer for the Broncos. Hoffman makes a miraculous recovery and is ready to go again.
60 min: Campese with another big bomb but Norman takes it comfortably.
62 min: PENALTY - Raiders get the penalty the crowd was calling for. Maguire and McCulloch pulled up for mucking around in the tackle.
63 min: Raiders are in for another!
65 min: TRY CANBERRA RAIDERS
Scored by Joel Edwards. Conversion attempt by Jarrod Croker successful.
Campese gets the ball and runs toward the line. He gets off a late pass to Edwards who runs through multiple experienced defenders to score close to the posts. Croker nails the conversion and it'll be hard to come back from that for the Broncos.
Canberra Raiders 36-6
66 min: UNFORCED ERROR CANBERRA RAIDERS
Anthony Milford makes an unforced error.
Milford loses the ball in the tackle and the Broncos will get a scrum feed 10m their own side of half way.
68 min: Campese belts the ball long and it's gone dead in goal before anyone got a look at it.
68 min: The Broncos making good metres before a wayward pass sees them undo all of that good work.
70 min: UNFORCED ERROR BRISBANE BRONCOS
Josh Hoffman makes an unforced error.
Hoffman loses it and the Raiders are off the hook.
72 min: PENALTY - Raiders are penalised and the Broncos get a breather with a piggyback up the field.
73 min: Norman has diffused another strong attack form the Raiders.
74 min: UNFORCED ERROR CANBERRA RAIDERS
Paul Vaughan makes an unforced error.
He's lost the ball and the Broncos will get the scrum from the 35m Raiders line.
75 min: Possible try to the Broncos here! The ref has gone to the Video box to make sure!
76 min: TRY BRISBANE BRONCOS
Scored by Mitchell Dodds. Conversion attempt by Scott Prince successful.
Parker with the short ball to Dodds who screams through to put the ball down over the line. Prince kicks the conversion to bring the scores closer but it's all over for tonight.
Canberra Raiders 36-12
77 min: Brisbane have six to go and are on the advance.
77 min: Gillett is pulled down in a second effort and gets the penalty. Broncos are now 10m out from the try line!
79 min: Kahu stretches for the line but the ball has gone forward and the Raiders will get a scrum.
79 min: PENALTY - Papalii penalised and the Broncos will get a late shot here to further reduce the lead.
80 min: The full time siren goes and that's that. Keep an eye on the main site for full match report up shortly.