Full Time
7:50pm Thu July 16, 2020
Round 10 - Sydney Cricket Ground - Crowd: 3476

Match Overview

A powerhouse performance from Josh Papalii has paved the way for the Canberra Raiders to upset the Sydney Roosters 24-20 at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

Defying an early head knock to run for over 200 metres and score the match-winning try, a man of the match performance from Papalii saw the Raiders record a famous win over the premiers in their first meeting since last year's premiership decider.

Striking an early blow after a dazzling run from Jack Wighton put the visitors on the front foot, front rower Dunamis Lui (11th minute) crashed underneath the posts on the next play to score his fourth career try.

Wasting little time in responding through prolific try-scorer Brett Morris (15th minute), a beautiful cut-out pass from James Tedesco saw the veteran speedster touch down to level the scores at 6-all.

Coming close to extending their lead through Jared Waerea-Hargreaves in the following set only for a double knock on to deny the Roosters hardman, a penalty in the following set saw Kyle Flanagan put the home side in front.

Continuing to build pressure on the Raiders' goal line, Morris (30th minute) was rewarded with his second try to move alongside Maika Sivo and Kyle Feldt as the competition's leading try-scorers.

Squandering an opportunity to strike back on the stroke of halftime, Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad redeemed himself after the resumption with a superb grubber for Jarrod Croker (42nd minute) to lock the scores up once again.

Edging ahead with another Flanagan penalty goal, both teams exchanged the lead with George Williams (54th minute) taking on the line from close range, before Matt Ikuvalu (57th minute) took advantage of a flick pass from Josh Morris.

Forcing a turnover on the halfway line to set up the match-winning try, Papalii steamrolled through the Roosters' defence to give the Raiders their first win at the Sydney Cricket Ground since 1987.

Next week, the Roosters take on the Warriors on Saturday afternoon at Central Coast Stadium, while the Raiders host the Rabbitohs at GIO Stadium later in the evening. 

3. Josh Papali'i

Defying an early head knock to run for more than 200 metres, the big man stepped up once again to score the match-winning try.

2. James Tedesco

Running for over 200 metres, coming up with 8 tackle breaks and a try-assist to boot, the Roosters fullback was dangerous as ever.

1. George Williams

Strong in defence and seizing the night with a great individual effort, the English halfback showed his class.