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Canberra Raiders 18 v New Zealand Warriors 14
at Canberra Stadium
Referees: Gavin Badger
The Raiders came from behind to steal a late 18-14 victory over the Warriors at Canberra Stadium tonight. The Warriors led 6-0 at half time.
The match was generally played with little attacking interest shown by either team, especially in the first half, when the Warriors led for most of the period 2-0 care of a Tony Martin penalty goal. Brent Webb scored just before half time, and the missed conversion gave the Warriors the 6-0 lead.
Both teams came out firing in the second half, at least compared to the first half. Seven minutes after the break Alan Tongue dived over from dummy half to level the match at 6-all. The Warriors re-took the lead six minutes later with a try to Wairangi Koopu, after a break down the right wing. The lead was extended to 14-6 with another Martin penalty goal.
The Raiders then started their brave comeback as first Lincoln Withers scored off the back of a penalty and then Alan Tongue came up with his piece of individual magic, as he grubbered ahead for himself, kicked ahead again and then dived on the ball in the in-goal with only four minutes to go. The Raiders managed to hang on and record their third win of 2006.
Canberra Raiders: 18
Tries: Alan Tongue(2), Lincoln Withers
Goals: Clinton Schifcofske 3/3
New Zealand Warriors: 14
Tries: Wairangi Koopu, Brent Webb
Goals: Tony Martin 3/4
By the Clock:
Not far away from kickoff at Canberra Stadium.
1 min: NEWS We are underway in chilly Canberra this evening between the Raiders and Warriors.
The Warriors have not defeated the Raiders in Canberra since 1997 and if the Warriors win, they will move off the bottom of the table for the time being.
The Raiders have the bye in round seven so a win tonight will have them hot on the heels of the top eight.
9 min: NEWS Chalk claims a try but he is ruled to be offisde from the kick. Replays show it to be a 50/50 call.
12 min: NEWS Withers hits Wiki in a superb tackle.
16 min: NEWS Both team not very flash in attack, Raiders dominating field position.
18 min: PENALTY GOAL New Zealand Warriors
Jason Smith is penalised for a shepherd. Martin opens the scoring for the match.
20 min: NEWS Patrick Ah Van is out for the rest of the match with an injury.
22 min: NEWS Plenty of errors thus far in the match.
25 min: NEWS Fairly good defence from both teams so far, although that is attributable to the lack of attack.
29 min: NEWS The Raiders are warned over excessive penalties.
30 min: NEWS The Warriors go on attack but Webb has the ball stripped off him by Chalk.
32 min: NEWS Frawley is tackled inches short of the tryline on the last tackle.
35 min: NEWS Rothery is put on report for a high shot on Tony Martin.
37 min: TRY New Zealand Warriors
Webb slices through the Raiders defence and scores. Martin misses the conversion.
39 min: NEWS Warriors turn the ball over on attack.
40 min: NEWS The Warriors are leading in a very scrappy match, 6-0.
40 min: NEWS Back underway at Canberra Stadium!
42 min: NEWS The Raiders strip the ball one on one, but it goes forward, saving the Warriors.
45 min: NEWS The Warriors put some pressure on the Raiders line, then grubber kick dead.
47 min: TRY Canberra Raiders
Tongue dives over from dummy half on the last tackle. Schifcofske converts.
53 min: TRY New Zealand Warriors
Martin breaks down the right wing, he offloads to Koopu who outpaces the cover and scores. Martin converts.
59 min: NEWS The Warriors capitalise on a Raiders mistake and go 90 metres, and Byrne is tackled metres short of the line. The Warriors fail to capitalise on the good field position.
61 min: PENALTY GOAL New Zealand Warriors
The Raiders are penalised for a high tackle and Martin lands the penalty goal.
67 min: NEWS Video referee for a Raiders try...
67 min: TRY Canberra Raiders
Lincoln Withers scores off the back of a penalty. Schifcofske converts.
69 min: NEWS Chalk drops the ball as he is on his way to a certain try.
70 min: NEWS The Warriors are called back for a forward pass as Rovelli hares off to the try line.
72 min: NEWS The Raiders have really got the momentum at the moment.
75 min: NEWS The Warriors get on the breakout, but Fein drops the ball.
76 min: TRY Canberra Raiders
Tongue puts a kick in, kicks again and dives on the ball. After much stuffing around, Schifcofske converts.
80 min: NEWS Alan Tongue scores a fantastic late try for the Raiders to steal a brave victory over the Warriors.
Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:
3 - Alan Tongue
2 - Clinton Schifcofske
1 - Lincoln Withers