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The first win for Roosters at Bruce Stadium since 1991, and they do it in style, winning 38-12, against a sometime disorganised Raiders pack.
Both teams started well enough, however the Roosters capatilized on unforced errors by the Canberra team, and soon had the healthy lead of 24-6 at half time.
A lot of chances to offload for the Roosters and soft tackles let the Raiders down, as at times they had the Sydney team on the back foot.
But the class of the Roosters showed through, and in the end they scored 7 tries to 2. Mullins (pictured), against his old team, had an exceptional game for the Roosters, along with Fitzgibbon. Crocker, for his part, tried hard all night for the Canberra team.
5:30PM, Saturday 17 August 2002 Canberra Stadium Referee: P Simpkins
Raiders 12 - Roosters 38
Canberra Raiders (Tries: Graham, Monaghan. Goals: Schifcofske 2/2)
Sydney Roosters (Tries: Hodges x2, Fitzgibbon, Ricketson, Mullins, Fittler, Wing. Goals: Fitzgibbon 5/7)