A determined play from Canberra’s Jordan Rapana has secured the Raiders a nail-biting 12-10 NRL win over Parramatta on the Gold Coast.
- The Raiders moved into the highest eight after securing their third consecutive win
- Parramatta appeared set to steal the sport late, earlier than a determined deal with ensured the Raiders win
- Thursday’s match was the primary to have a scoreless first half for the reason that opening spherical in 2019
The Eels appeared set to finish a dramatic comeback as winger Maika Sivo charged for the nook within the dying seconds of the match just for Rapana’s diving lunge to push the Fijian flyer into contact.
Regardless of claims from the Eels that Rapana had led together with his knees within the problem, officers deemed it to be truthful and the Raiders secured their third win in a row and a spot within the high eight.
After the primary scoreless first half within the NRL for the reason that opening spherical of the 2019 season, Canberra opened proceedings by way of Corey Harawira-Naera within the forty fifth minute.
A heads-up play from dummy-half by Rapana within the 53rd minute prolonged Canberra’s lead earlier than the Eels struck again with a long-range effort of their very own.
Winger Blake Ferguson, making his first look since spherical 12, sprinted clear from inside his personal half down the best earlier than kicking forward, the place Dylan Brown gained the race to get the Eels on the board.
Parramatta dominated the sport’s closing levels as they pushed to degree the scores, however a resolute Canberra defence held agency.
Simply when it appeared just like the Raiders’ had held out, the Eels scored with three minutes to play as Sivo grounded the ball within the left nook milliseconds earlier than his left arm went over the touchline.
Eels’ captain Clint Gutherson had the prospect to degree scores however missed a troublesome conversion from the sideline.
That arrange a grandstand end the place Sivo almost stole the sport for the Eels solely to be denied by Rapana’s desperation.
Parramatta completed the match down a person on the bench after Marata Niukore (knee) did not function within the second half.
The Raiders had damage woes of their very own with Queensland State of Origin prop Josh Papalii failing a HIA after colliding head-first with the turf whereas making a deal with late within the first half.
Lock Ryan Sutton (sternum) additionally failed to complete the sport.
Raiders hooker Josh Hodgson was additionally positioned on report within the sport’s opening minutes for a excessive deal with.