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The Newcastle Knights had no answers this afternoon in Canberra as the Raiders ran rampant, scoring 9 tries to 3, to defeat the Knights by 52-18 in front of a very happy home crowd.
With Shillington setting up his first ever try assist in the 3rd minute of the match, the tone was set for the rest of the afternoon.
The scoreline of 40-0 at halftime certainly reflective of just how damaging the Raiders attack can be when everything click.
The third try in the match to Dugan just after the break, had things looking as though the 2nd half would be a carry on of the first half.
To their credit the Knights fought back and managed to scores three tries after halftime.
But take nothing away from the Raiders today, they deserve all the credit going their way. At the back end of the season, they have shown they will be definite movers on the competition ladder.
Canberra Raiders 52 defeated Newcastle Knights 18
National Rugby League - NRL - Round 19 - Sunday July 18, 2010 2:00pm
Venue: Canberra Stadium
Referee: Ashley Klein and Jason Robinson
Video Referee: Chris Ward
Touch Judges: Steve Carrall and Luke Potter
Halftime: Canberra Raiders 40 Newcastle Knights 0
Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:
3 Points - Josh Dugan (3 Tries)
2 Points - Josh McCrone (1 Try)
1 Point - Travis Waddell
Canberra Raiders (52)
Tries: Scott Logan, Terry Campese, Josh Dugan (3), Daniel Vidot (2), Bronson Harrison, Josh McCrone
Conversions: Jarrod Croker (8/9)
Newcastle Knights (18)
Tries: Adam MacDougall, Akuila Uate, Isaac De Gois
Conversions: Kurt Gidley (3/3)
LeagueUnlimited.com Live Commentary Beautiful but chilly day in Canberra. Teams as per programme. Only change see Leoroyd-Lahrs starting for the Raiders with Tilse on the bench, and for the Knights Hilder starts with De Gois on the bench.
Mogg plays his 100th first grade this afternoon, and Taufua, his 50th.
1 min: The Raiders get the game underway.
3 min: TRY
Shillington puts up a high kick 20 metres out from the Raiders line and Dugan has no trouble nailing the try, his 5th of the season.
Canberra Raiders 6-0
4 min: Very positive start by the home side. Certain Shillington's try assist lifting the Raiders.
5 min: TRY
A mistake by the Knights 20 metres out from their line allows the Canberra side a great attacking opportunity. The cut out pass by Campese right on the money for Vidot to cross out wide.
Canberra Raiders 12-0
8 min: The Raiders once again on attack, but pressure by Patterson forces the error 20 metres out from their line.
10 min: LINE DROPOUT - Raiders.
Sustained pressure following a penalty sees the Knights defending the relentless attack once again.
11 min: TRY
A great cut out pass by McCrone has Vidot once again over out wide as the Raiders attack is looking very dangerous every time they have the ball. Croker's kick hits the post and deflects away.
Canberra Raiders 16-0
14 min: The Knights finally finish their 2nd set of the game but possession is turned over softly as a call seemingly goes against them.
16 min: TRY
The mistake ruled against the Knights is costly as the Newcastle can't keep up with the rampaging Raiders with McCrone getting the spoils.
Canberra Raiders 22-0
19 min: With De Gois now on the field the Knights start to make a bit of ground.
22 min: TRY
A high kick by McCrone sees a contest between Dugan and Gidley for the spoils. Dugan wins and passes to a storming Logan who has just come on the field, and scores under the posts.
Canberra Raiders 28-0
25 min: TRY
The roll on by the home side is proving hard to stop. Dugan, from 30 metres out, runs rings around 3 defenders to score under the posts.
Canberra Raiders 34-0
30 min: De Gois wraps up Campese on the 5th tackle, on the Knights 40 metres line allowing the Knights their first chance in the match on attack.
34 min: Five interchanges already for the Knights as they look to stop the Raiders onslaught.
36 min: A penalty 50 metres out from the Raiders line is a coach killer for the Knights.
37 min: TRY
Back to back penalties allow the Raiders to control their attacking set. Harrison pounces on a kick in goal to get a deserving try, his first try of the season.
Canberra Raiders 40-0
40 min: The Knights launch the attack 40 metres out from their line just before the break but the defence by the home side is brimming with confidence.
40 min: HALFTIME: An unbelievable scoreline at the break of 40-0 to the Raiders with obviously just the one side in the mix. A standing ovation greeted the players as they ran from the field.
41 min: The Knights get the second half underway as they try to claw their way back into the match.
42 min: An early penalty allowing the Raiders to attack 30 metres out from their line will have the Knights coaching staff tearing their hair out.
44 min: TRY
Another penalty to the Raiders close to their line meant a try was not far away. Dugan with 4 defenders on him, nets a hat-trick.
Canberra Raiders 46-0
46 min: The Raiders brimming with confidence, are enjoying throwing ball around. A knock on close to their line saw a certain try to Picker go begging.
48 min: Nothing going their way at the moment as any attack the Knights try is stopped by an error.
51 min: The Raiders blow a certain try as Monaghan was free on the edge but Croker went in field. Great defence by the Knights to halt the charge.
52 min: TRY
Monaghan bursts his way down the field to set up a great try to Campese.
Canberra Raiders 52-0
56 min: Penalty count mounting against the visitors. 7-2 in favour of the Raiders.
58 min: TRY
Finally the Knights fans have something to cheer about as some cut out passes allow Uate to charge down the sideline and score.
Canberra Raiders 52-6
60 min: TRY
A strip on Mullen 20 metres out from the Raiders line, is ruled by the video ref. Gidley played to the whistle and made the break down the field, which De Gois finishes off.
Canberra Raiders 52-12
64 min: Newcastle finally getting a bit of possession in the match but hesitant attack options killing any scoring opportunities.
69 min: The Knight enjoying a bit of possession once more as the Raiders attack has a rest.
71 min: GOAL LINE DROPOUT - Raiders. McCrone makes an exciting break down the field and puts the kick thru to the posts for Dugan but is tapped out by a defender.
72 min: TRY
MacDougall follows up on a good set for the Knights. He's now 2nd equal on try scorers for the club, 4 behind Tahu.
Canberra Raiders 52-18
74 min: Both teams not lying down in this game even though the outcome is obvious.
75 min: LINE DROPOUT - Raiders. Once again Newcastle are asked to defend.
77 min: A kick by Campese in goal sees 2 passes by the Knights behind the line before MacDougall manages to get into the field of play.
79 min: LINE DROPOUT - Raiders. Sustained pressure sees the home side hot on attack once again.
80 min: Croker looked close to scoring but the Knights come out with the ball.
80 min: FULLTIME: A classy effort by the Raiders in front of their home crowd to defeat the Knights 52-18.