FULL TIME - The Dragons come back to win a thriller!
Elliott Whitehead complaining amid replays that show it may have been a second play at the tackle that forced him into touch. Would have been a penalty there to win it if so.
The Raiders go down the left side and Semi Valemei has been forced into touch!
Corey Harawira-Naera draws another penalty from Billy Burns for ruck interference.
Billy Burns high shot on Jordan Rapana
Tariq Sims takes the tackle on the last. Raiders ball inside their own ten. Need to go almost length of the field and they get a penalty!
The Raiders go left on the last and Elliott Whitehead kicks but it is fielded and the Dragons have it on halfway on the second. Canberra will probably only get one more chance.
Josh Papali'i coming on as Raiders search for a way out. Corey Norman with a great kick to force them to work it out of their own end.
Sam Williams to Corey Harawira-Naera who is under pressure and drops it. Should have gone out the back.
Matthew Timoko with a few tackle busts down the right and then he passes to Jordan Rapana who kicks ahead. The Dragons are right on their line and forced in-goal on the next play.
Bailey Simonsson saves the day after Semi Valemei fails to field the towering bomb in tough conditions. Raiders now working it out of their own end.
Norman puts the Dragons in front.
Paul Vaughan offloads and Norman is supporting to score!
Ben Hunt with the big play!
Dragons defend that set with plenty of intent and force a handover.
A rushed kick under enormous pressure from Matthew Timoko forces the dropout! It was after Josh Hodgson's kick ricocheted - great hands from the centre to scoop it up and get the grubber in.
The ball is chipped through on the last and Wighton gets a boot to it and the chase is on but the ball goes dead.
Once again it is Ben Hunt who provides the spark as he takes the line on but just is short on the last. Raiders survive.
Now the Raiders concede a penalty and the Dragons are on the attack.
Wighton has looked dangerous a few times tonight running the ball and this time he dances through to score. The Bunker though will check it. An obstruction ruled with Bailey Simonsson in the line to deny the defence a fair shot at him.
Canberra force a repeat set and now earn a penalty with a chance to hit back. Paul Vaughan with the high shot on Iosia Soliola and the Raiders are thirty out.
Tyrell Sloan with a sneaky kick on the last and it is there for Jack de Belin who puts his body on the line but looks to have dropped it. He does.
Norman tries to hit it right and curl it in but misses.
Try on debut! Tyrell Sloan chips, the bounce sits up for Corey Norman and he throws the pass and Sloan is there in support!
Drama here at Wollongong. Xavier Savage taken off as Jack Bird was not sin binned or sent off for his dangerous tackle on Sebastian Kris - Josh Papali'i on.
Norman cannot judge the conditions and sends it right.
Ben Hunt and his running game proves dangerous again as he runs it on the last and it is a simple case of puting it through the hands for Beale who scores.
Josh Papali'i ready to come on for the Raiders - pivotal period for the Dragons - and they have scored!
Tough night with the wind but Williams is still percfect.
A costly error it is as Tapine goes over next to the posts.
Ben Hunt with an untimely error that gives Canberra great field position.
A six-point game now.
Josh Hodgson penalised and the Dragons will shoot for two.
The early kick with the breeze behind works wonders!
Sebastian Kris will not return, seeing Xavier Savage brought in as 18th man for his NRL debut.
HALF TIME - Dragons on top late but they trail 14-6 at the break.
Williams slots the penalty goal.
A late penalty for the Raiders with Jack Bird placed on report for a dangerous tackle.
Josh Hodgson with the steal on Tyrell Sloan - Raiders with a big chance to pounce before halftime. Jack Wighton drops it.
Corey Norman cuts it out for Brayden Wiliame but a great legs tackle from Matthew Timoko and it is a handover.
Corey Harawira-Naera drops it just past the 40.
Wind causing all kinds of problems as the kick on the last for the Dragons goes back 25 metres and for Cody Ramsey who races the ball up the best he can before being tackled just past halfway.
Corey Norman kicks into the wind and the Raiders now have to work it out of their own end.
The challenge is successful. Bird ruled to have passed backwards then Elliott Whitehead hits it towards his try line. Dragons eventually got it back so their ball on the last on halfway.
Jack Bird with a burst down the right side but the pass inside goes to ground. It will be challenged though.
Norman adds the extras.
Ben Hunt against the grain for Burns who scores!
Checking with the Bunker here - Cody Ramsey with a linebreak down the left edge after a missed tackle from Matthew Timoko sees the Dragons find space. He then kicks ahead and is bumped out of the way by Bailey Simonsson who is penalised. Dragons with it ten out.
Dragons challenge it and a big call - it is a success! Sebastian Kris ruled to have dropped it first. Dragons ball and they need to find some metres through the middle and take it to the Raiders pack.
Canberra go up through the middle then left as they have all game. The kick on the last is dropped and the Raiders will get a full set ten out to extend their lead.
The Dragons with their best shot of the night. Ben Hunt takes the line on and then puts Jack Bird through who finds Gerard Beale but he can't reach the line.
The Raiders again making easy metres up the field and they are close to the try line. Elliott Whitehead then goes through and finds Sebastian Kris who beats a few but Tyrell Sloan forces an error.
Tyrell Sloan with a quick catch and kick but the chase is just not good enough. Goes dead.
Raiders challenge but are unsuccessful. Dragons ball.
Finally a strong last-tackle option from the Dragons. Corey Norman grubbers and it goes dead off Canberra.
Jack Wighton caught on the last twenty out after the long ball from dummy-half holds up in the air and puts him under immediate pressure.
Williams guides it through again.
The Raiders make them pay. Elliott Whitehead beats Ben Hunt and offloads for Sebastian Kris who is able to spin around and score.
The Dragons continue to struggle playing into the wind with Andrew McCullough this time caught being indecisive on the last and once again leading to a poor last-tackle option.
The Raiders go right and don't execute well. Bailey Simonsson cuts it out to Jordan Rapana who drops it. Forward pass regardless.
A horrible last tackle option. The ball goes to Norman under pressure down the short side and he rushes a kick that is charged down and the Raiders get it back. They are twenty out on the second.
Jack Wighton kicks for Sebastian Kris and he gets a good grab at it but drops it. Relieving for the Dragons.
Ben Hunt kicks low too into the breeze and Bailey Simonsson has it. Raiders making big metres through the middle and now a set restart. They're on halfway on the second.
Josh Papali'i with a big run and then Dunamis Lui does likewise. Forty out on the last. Jack Wighton kicks nice and low and the Dragons field it but inside their own thirty to bring it out.
The wind causing havoc as the Dragons get it back. Then Ben Hunt dummies and beats Elliott Whitehead down the short side, passes to Mikaele Ravalawa who is taken into touch by Bailey Simonsson.
An early six-point lead now for the away side.
A yawning hole and CHN goes right through. Josh Hodgson has the outside men out the back but instead goes to the second rower who charges though.
Iosia Soliola draws a penalty after a flop from the Dragons. The Raiders are thirty out.
The Dragons go left and Tyrell Sloan chimes in, taking the ball up and passing it late for Brayden Wiliame but he is under immediate pressure and drops it. Raiders ball around halfway.
A welcome six-again call for the Dragons early in the set.
Jack Wighton threatens early with his running game before Sam Williams looks to thread the needle with a grubber close to the line. The Dragons play at it through Ben Hunt - all backwards - then the Raiders drop it. Dragons survive.
Cody Ramsey with an early error bringing the ball up for the Dragons. Raiders with a full set close to the Red V line.
A nice set from the Dragons - ending with a little bomb from Ben Hunt and Jack Bird comes down with it but is handled by the Raiders defence. Handover.
Jack de Belin draws a relieving penalty. Iosia Soliola with the high shot.
Sam Williams to the air on the last and Tyrell Sloan with his first catch in the NRL. Dragons inside their own 20 and bringing it up.
Josh Papali'i staying on for the time being.
A head clash with Josh Kerr caused it.
An early issue for Josh Papali'i with blood coming from his face. Time stopped. Raiders have first use of it.
Kick off in five minutes.
Tyrell Sloan debuts for the Dragons as their fans get an early glimpse at the future. Sloan's development is a big reason why the club has decided to part ways with Matt Dufty.
Good evening and welcome to the live blog of tonight's game between the Dragons and Raiders.
Referees & scorers:
Referees: Chris Sutton
Touch Judges: Nick Beashel, Jon Stone
Video Referee: Alan Shortall
ST GEORGE ILLAWARRA DRAGONS (22)
Tries: Billy Burns, Corey Norman, Gerard Beale, Tyrell Sloan
Conversions: Corey Norman (2/4)
Penalty Goals: Corey Norman (1/1)
CANBERRA RAIDERS (20)
Tries: Corey Harawira-Naera, Sebastian Kris, Joseph Tapine
Conversions: Sam Williams (3/3)
Penalty Goals: Sam Williams (1/1)