Raiders secure rain soaked victory
The Canberra Raiders faithful turned out to watch their side claim their 12th straight home victory at Canberra Stadium with a 14-0 defeat of the Parramatta Eels.
Just two tries were claimed by the home team in the first half which saw the Green Machine lead 12-0 at the half time break.
Man of the Match Terry Campese guided his side to victory as his kick lead to the first try which was awarded to his halves partner, Josh McCrone. The Raiders off to an earlier 6-0 lead after 7 minutes.
The second four-pointer game 10 minutes before the break as young winger Sami Sauiluma strolled over untouched in the corner as Campese on fire again with a floating pass. The Raiders untouchable with a 12-0 lead.
The wet conditions saw a high amount of errors from both sides, which cost each team possession and try scoring opportunities. However, the Raiders sealed the victory after Joseph Paulo was sin binned for a professional foul in the 74th as he pulled Shaun Fensom off the pass. Josh McCrone slot the penalty goal to secure the 14-0 win.
Things don't get any easier for the Eels as they travel back to Sydney to face the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs next week. Meanwhile the Raiders head to WIN Stadium, Wollongong to battle the St. George Illawarra Dragons.
Canberra Raiders 14 Parramatta Eels 0
Venue: Canberra Stadium
Halftime Score: Canberra Raiders 12-0
LeagueUnlimited.com Players of the Match:
3 points - Terry Campese
2 points - David Shillington
1 point - Sami Sauiluma
CANBERRA RAIDERS (14)
Tries: Jarrod Croker, Sami Sauiluma
Conversions: Jarrod Croker (2/2)
Penalty Goals: Josh McCrone (1/1)
PARRAMATTA EELS (0)
LeagueUnlimited.com Live Commentary
Welcome to League Unlimited's LIVE coverage from Canberra Stadium as we bring you the first of two Super Saturday games in Round 19.
Team news is in for the Raiders with Brett White returning to the side following an eye injury. He will start from the bench in jersey 19.
Raiders: 1. Anthony Milford 2. Reece Robinson 3. Jarrod Croker 4. Joel Thompson 5. Sami Sauiluma 6. Terry Campese 7. Josh McCrone 8. David Shillington 9. Glen Buttriss 10. Dane Tilse 15. Jarrad Kennedy 12. Joel Edwards 13. Shaun Fensom 11. Josh Papalii 14. Shaun Berrigan 17. Paul Vaughan 19. Brett White
It's been confirmed that the Eels are unchanged from Tuesday
1. Jake Mullaney 2. Semi Radradra 3. Ryan Morgan 4. Willie Tonga 5. Brayden Wiliame 6. Ben Roberts 7. Luke Kelly 8. Tim Mannah (c) 9. Matt Keating 10. Fuifui Moimoi 11. Reni Maitua 12. Daniel Harrison 13. Darcy Lussick
Interchange 14. Kaysa Pritchard 15. Peni Terepo 16. Joseph Paulo 17. Junior Paulo
We are minutes away from kick off at a very wet Canberra Stadium, both teams finalising their preparations in the sheds ahead of kick off.
1 min: We are UNDERWAY at Canberra Stadium as the Parramatta Eels kick off, Raiders with first use of the ball who are hunting for their 12th straight home victory
1 min: First penalty of the match against the Eels, Reni Maitua laying in the ruck too long. Raiders kick ahead to the halfway line and that is where the set will start
2 min: Great kick from Terry Campese sees Ben Roberts trapped in goal by Reece Robinson. A line drop out called for the Raiders as a result
3 min: Jake Mullaney cleans up the Josh McCrone grubber kick short of the goal line to give the Eels possession for the first time in the match.
7 min: TRY CANBERRA RAIDERS
Scored by Jarrod Croker. Conversion attempt by Jarrod Croker successful.
Terry Campese rocketed a kick high to the air 20 metres out from the goal line, the Eels defence fumbled the catch and Jarrod Croker cleans up to dive in for the Raiders first points. Croker converts his own try from the eastern sideline to extend the earlier lead
Canberra Raiders 6-0
8 min: Penalty to the Eels, their first of the match as the Raiders we ruled offside at the play of the ball. Ben Roberts finds the sideline and the Eels start their set inside the Raiders half
9 min: UNFORCED ERROR PARRAMATTA EELS
Jake Mullaney makes an unforced error.
Jake Mullaney has coughed up possession as the Eels spread wide to the right side of the field. Zero tackle for the Raiders.
9 min: UNFORCED ERROR CANBERRA RAIDERS
Dane Tilse makes an unforced error.
Dane Tilse relies to the Mullaney error with his own mistake and he hands the ball straight back to the Eels. They attack 20 metres from the Raiders goal line on the zero tackle
10 min: The Eels kick on the last tackle is allowed to roll dead, 20 metre tap the call for the Raiders
10 min: UNFORCED ERROR CANBERRA RAIDERS
Reece Robinson makes an unforced error.
Reece Robinson charged into a tackle of three Eels and in the wet conditions unable to hold onto the Steeden. Scrum feed backs down for the Eels 30 metres from the Raiders goal line
12 min: UNFORCED ERROR PARRAMATTA EELS
Ryan Morgan makes an unforced error.
Ryan Morgan juggled the short pass from Luke Kelly as he looked to dart through a hole in the Raiders defence, the ball dropped and possession back to the Raiders with a scrum feed
13 min: UNFORCED ERROR PARRAMATTA EELS
Brayden Wiliame makes an unforced error.
Terry Campese looked for a 40/20 back the ball just swung back infield, however the pass from Jake Mullaney to Brayden Wiliame is dropped. A similar result for the Raiders as they have a scrum feed 20 metres from the Eels goal line
14 min: Semi Radradra is trapped in goal by the Raiders chasers off the chip kick from Josh McCrone. A line drop out the call for the Raiders
15 min: Reni Maitua is penalised for hold down Josh McCrone too long in the tackle after McCrone darted through a gap in the Eels defence. Raiders attacking just 10 metres away from the Parramatta try line
16 min: UNFORCED ERROR CANBERRA RAIDERS
Anthony Milford makes an unforced error.
Anthony Milford not happy with the decision as it appeared he kicked ahead before the ball was dropped. Eels get a scrum feed 10 metres away from their own goal line
18 min: Terry Campese looked for a 40/20 again but it swings back in field away from the sideline. Jake Mullaney picks up the ball and charges into the Raiders chasers
19 min: The ball is kicked over the sideline by the Eels to complete the set, scrum feed for the Raiders 20 metres off their goal line
20 min: UNFORCED ERROR CANBERRA RAIDERS
Shaun Fensom makes an unforced error.
Not a great idea from Shaun Fensom to try and get a quick play of the ball in wet conditions, he fumbles the footy and a scrum feed packs down for the Eels 40 metres from the Raiders goal line
22 min: Anthony Milford is jumped on in goal by the Eels chasers as Ben Roberts put in a grubber kick to the in goal. Eels earn a line drop out
24 min: Anthony Milford is forced in goal as Luke Kelly finished off a messy set from the Eels with a long kick. Line drop out again for the Eels
24 min: Penalty goes to the Eels as Terry Campese rockets the line drop out over the sideline. Eels with possession with a quick tap 10 metres from the Raiders goal line
25 min: Video Referee for the Eels, Brayden Wiliame is claiming a try off a chip kick from Luke Kelly. We are looking at the grounding as Wiliame dived on the line as he went over the touch-ingoal line
25 min: NO TRY is given to Brayden Wiliame has the original decision from Jason Robinson is overturned by the video referee. The decision is Wiliame's knee went over the touch line before grounding the ball. 20 metre restart is ruled for the Raiders as a result
26 min: Penalty to the Raiders now as the kicker was taken out after the ball left the boot. Raiders attack 10 metres from the Eels line now as they look to reply with points
27 min: Secondary penalty for the Raiders on the goal line as the Eels come up with a high shot on the Raiders attackers
29 min: TRY CANBERRA RAIDERS
Scored by Sami Sauiluma. Conversion attempt by Jarrod Croker successful.
Sami Sauiluma strolls in the corner for the Raiders as Terry Campese fired a cut out pass to him to dive over. Jarrod Croker with the conversion from the eastern sideline is successful with the conversion
Canberra Raiders 12-0
32 min: UNFORCED ERROR PARRAMATTA EELS
Willie Tonga makes an unforced error.
Willie Tonga with an unforgiven mistake as he drops the ball from the first pass off the scrum. Raiders back on the attack 30 metres from the Eels goal line
33 min: UNFORCED ERROR CANBERRA RAIDERS
Brett White makes an unforced error.
Brett White has given up possession as he charged into the Eels defence, scrum for Parramatta 10 metres off their own goal line
35 min: Semi Radradra drops the ball in goal and a line drop out is called for the Raiders as they look to extend the lead heading into half time
36 min: Reni Maitua is penalised for a leg pull in the tackle. Raiders attack 10 metres from the Eels line now
37 min: Sami Sauiluma is unable to dive on the rolling ball off the kick of Campese, he beat him over the dead ball line
37 min: Joel Edwards has been penalised for being inside the 10 metres of the play of the ball. Eels march up field and attack 30 metres from the Raiders try line
38 min: UNFORCED ERROR PARRAMATTA EELS
Willie Tonga makes an unforced error.
Willie Tonga is ruled to have knocked on as Mullaney attempted a grubber looking for first points. Scrum for the Raiders 10 metres off their own line
40 min: HALF TIME at Canberra Stadium sees the rain still falling as the home side are on track to make it 12 straight home victories as they lead 12-0 over the Eels
40 min: Second half is UNDERWAY as the Canberra Raiders kick off
44 min: Terry Campese dives the kick long and it rolls over the dead ball line. 20 metre tap for the Eels
53 min: VIDEO REFEREE for the Canberra Raiders, we have a NO TRY for Terry Campese. The call from the referees is a knock on.
55 min: NO TRY is spun up for the Raiders, knock on ruled against Joel Edwards in the lead up to the Campese possible try. Scrum to the Eels is the call
55 min: The official crowd at Canberra Stadium has been posted at 7,023