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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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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