Canberra have only lost once in their past four matches and notched up another much needed victory over fellow strugglers, the North Queensland Cowboys.
Canberra, in their last two home matches have exceeded thirty points as they start to find some rythmn through a balanced a relatively stable lineup.
Canberra got off to a sluggish start against the Cowboys after an early try to winger Ashley Alberts but hit back soon after to level the scores at six all. George Gatis then scored a very soft try to extend the Cowboys lead to 12-6 but moments out from half time, centre Phil Graham crossed out wide to reduce the deficit to two points at halftime.
Canberra came out a different side in the second half and pile on the points to take a matchwinning lead of 32-12 with tries to Croker, Wiki, Graham and Robertson. Canberra took their foot off the pedal in the last ten minutes to allow Matt Sing a double and some respectability to the scoreline.
Canberra have been very disappointing for the majority of this year but still find themselves only a win and a half out of the top eight and with matches against fellow strugglers the Northern Eagles, The Sharks and Penrith in the next few weeks, the Raiders may be primed for a midseason charge to an unliklely finals berth.
Before this can be achieved, Canberra must find someone who can lead the team down the back end of matches as they too often tend to switch off and allow opposing sides back into the contest.
Raiders (Tries:Martin, Graham x 2, Croker, Wiki, Robertson. Goals:Schifcofske 4/6) Cowboys (Tries:Alberts, Gatis, Sing x 2. Goals:Bowen 2/4)Like