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The Canberra Raiders have handed out an embarrassing defeat to the Bulldogs with a 58-18 hiding at ANZ Stadium in front of a paltry crowd of about 9000. The Raiders led 26-18 after a highly entertaining first half and ran away with the game in the second half.
The Raiders had all of the possession and territory early on, and took the lead after four minutes with David Milne running through weak Bulldogs defence to score. The lead was extended after 14 minutes with Best finishing off a length of the field try, and the Raiders went up 16-0 with Turner scoring on 17 minutes.
After getting some good field position, the Bulldogs struck back, only to fail to retrieve the kickoff and the Raiders pushed out to 20-6. The Bulldogs struck back with two tries before Milne completed his double just before halftime for a 26-18 lead. Eight tries from both teams in the first half.
The second half was all Raiders. Two quick tries after the break pushed the score out to 36-18, where it remained for some time before the Raiders produced four tries in the final 14 minutes to complete the blowout, winning 58-18 with Colin Best claiming four tries.
Overall the Raiders ran in 11 tries, six of them in the second half. The Bulldogs only briefly looked a chance of competing in the game in the second half, but their dreadful defence ultimately cost them.
Match Details Canberra Raiders 58 def Canterbury Bulldogs 18 Round 15 - June 21st, 2008 5:30pm Venue: ANZ Stadium Referee: Gavin Badger Half time: Raiders 26-18 Crowd: 9,845
Canterbury Bulldogs 18 Tries: Hazem El Masri, Heka Nanai, Andrew Ryan Goals: Hazem El Masri (3/3) Canberra Raiders 58 Tries: David Milne (2), Colin Best (4), Glenn Turner, Joe Picker (2), Justin Carney, Bronx Goodwin Goals: Todd Carney (5/8), Terry Campese (2/3)
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Touch Judges: Steve Carrall, Luke Potter Video Referee: Chris Ward BULLDOGS: 1. Nick Youngquest 2. Hazem El Masri 3. Daryl Millard 4. Tim Winitana 5. Heka Nanai 6. Daniel Holdsworth 7. Ben Roberts 8. Jarrad Hickey 9. Corey Hughes 10. Brad Morrin 11. Nick Kouparitsas 12. Andrew Ryan (c) 13. Reni Maitua Interchange: 14. Frank Winterstein 15. Lee Te Maari 16. Fred Briggs 17. Michael Sullivan RAIDERS: 1. David Milne 2. Justin Carney 3. Colin Best 4. Joel Monaghan 5. Bronx Goodwin 6. Terry Campese 7. Todd Carney 8. Troy Thompson 9. Glen Buttriss 10. Dane Tilse 11. Glen Turner 12. Joe Picker 13. Alan Tongue (c) Interchange: 14. Josh Miller 15. Ryan Hinchcliffe 16. Trevor Thurling 17. Michael Weyman; Reserves: 18. Ben Jones
The Raiders are 1-17, the Bulldogs have Joe Williams slotting in at #6.
Both teams taking to the field now.
1 min: Underway at ANZ Stadium!
7 min: This entire game thus far seems to be all in Bulldogs territory.
8 min: And now, the Raiders pick up a line drop out.
10 min: And the Raiders get another repeat set.
11 min: The Bulldogs hold out - a changeover right under the posts.
12 min: Incredible. The Bulldogs still can't get out of their end - Morrin penalised in possession for not playing the ball correctly.
13 min: VIDEO REF - For a Raiders try...
12 min: NO TRY - Dreadful call, Tilse called back for a supposed double movement.
14 min: VIDEO REF - For an UNBELIEVABLE Raiders try...
14 min: TRY Canberra Raiders Justin Carney makes a bust recovering a kick, finds Best who finds Campese. The ball then goes to Todd Carney and he throws a great pass to Best who scores in the corner. Length of the field effort, brilliant. Conversion attempt by Todd Carney unsuccessful. Canberra Raiders 10-0
20 min: TRY Canterbury Bulldogs After a charge down the Bulldogs get decent field position, and at the end of the set Williams puts in a high kick for El Masri who scores. Conversion attempt by Hazem El Masri successful. Canberra Raiders 16-6
22 min: This is silly, the Raiders end up with the ball off the kickoff and are back on attack.
22 min: TRY Canberra Raiders The Raiders shift the ball to the left and Campese puts Best over for a double. What a crazy 22 minutes. Conversion attempt by Todd Carney unsuccessful. Canberra Raiders 20-6
25 min: Raiders make a mistake and give the Bulldogs a chance from 40 out.
26 min: TRY Canterbury Bulldogs Yet another bloody try! The Bulldogs with great ball movement get it wide to Nanai who scores. Conversion attempt by Hazem El Masri successful. Canberra Raiders 20-12
30 min: 40/20 - Corey Hughes picks up a 40/20 for the Bulldogs.
31 min: The Bulldogs get a penalty after an accidental high shot on Nick Youngquest by Justin Carney.
32 min: VIDEO REF - For a Bulldogs try...
32 min: TRY Canterbury Bulldogs It's a game of basketball - Andrew Ryan crashes over after we get a Ref's Call decision. Conversion attempt by Hazem El Masri successful. Canberra Raiders 20-18
38 min: Joe Williams puts in a bomb that goes backwards.
38 min: TRY Canberra Raiders Surely the last one of the half? The Raiders split the Dogs right up the middle and Tongue passes to Milne who races away to score. Conversion attempt by Todd Carney successful. Canberra Raiders 26-18
HALFTIME: Eight tries in the first half, we need a break.
40 min: Back underway at ANZ
49 min: INJURY - Tim Winitana down after a head clash and is helped from the field.
56 min: Bulldogs throw a dreadful forward pass coming out of their own end.
59 min: Raiders continue on attack after a penalty.
63 min: Raiders bomb a certain try - Hinchcliffe breaks through and has support on both sides, but throws the pass too low to Tongue who can't hold on, with the line wide open.
66 min: VIDEO REF - For a Raiders try...
FULLTIME: The Raiders have embarrassed the Bulldogs to the tune of 58-18.