Canberra Raiders 14
Try Scorers: Crocker, Milford
Goals: Crocker 3/3
Canterbury Bulldogs 22
Try Scorers: Low 2, Thompson, Lafai
Goals: Hodkinson 3/5
Canterbury Bulldogs recorded their first win of the Origin period and ended a three game losing streak with a solid performance against the out of sorts Canberra Raiders.
The visitors welcomed back the half back pairing of Trent Hodkinson and Josh Reynolds who backed up from Origin just two days after Trent had come up with the only try in a 6-4 win which secured the Blues first series win since 2005.
The effects of Origin were there for all too see early on as both sides started slow, however it wasn’t long before the Bulldogs started performing like they had been for the early parts of the season.
Canberra are losing touch with the top eight with every week that goes by and it will take a huge effort over the coming weeks for the Raiders to turn around their season and challenge for a place in the finals.
Jarrod Crocker came up with the opening score of the game as he hit a line out wide and was too strong for the fullback as he found his way over the try line.
Drury Low got the Bulldogs first score when some brilliant fast hands resulted in him having the ball near the touchline and he stepped his way back in to dive low for the line.
Crocker nudged his side four points ahead with a penalty however, within minutes Corey Thompson showed good strength to finish well in the corner and put the Bulldogs ahead 8-10.
Low then got his second of the game on the back of a Reynolds 40/20 as that produced the winger with the opportunity to get on the outside of his opposite man and show great speed to finish from the resulting set.
The Raiders needed a big response after half-time to try and turn the game around but instead they came up with a shocking error to gift Tim Lafai a try when Reece Robinson tried to ground the ball in the field of play under pressure from two defenders. In his attempt he lost the ball and Lafai was on hand for the easiest try he will ever score.
Origin stars Reynolds and Hodkinson were backing up well after a bruising encounter just two days prior to this match up and when Shaun Fenson took out Reynolds off the ball, Hodkinson notched over a two pointer to put the game beyond the reach of the Raiders.
There was still time for the Raiders to have the last say in the game though as Campese and Milford combined with the fullback timing his run perfectly onto the angled kick from Campese to score. That was nothing other than a consolation though as they slumped to a 14-22 defeat.
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