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Canberra Steal Victory in Gold Point Thriller

Parramatta Eels 24
Tries: S Radradra 2, J Paulo 1, D Alvaro 1
Goals: L Kelly 3/4
Field Goals:

Canberra Raiders 28
Tries: B Lee 1, E Lee 1, J Croker 2, J Hodgson 1
Goals: J Croker 4/4
Field Goals:

In their final game of the 2015 season, the Canberra Raiders and the Parramatta Eels surely would have made their fans proud, as they put on a fantastic game that went into extra time, with the Raiders claiming victory.

The score keeper looked to be in for a busy day, as it took Raiders centre Brenko Lee just 3 minutes to charge through some weak Eels defence to score a try.

Surprisingly, it wasn’t until 3 minutes from the halftime break that the next try was scored, and this time it was Eels behemoth Semi Radradra who crossed the line, to score his 23rd try of the season. The amazing feat placed him even further on top of the NRL try scoring list, and drew him level with Steve Ella for the most tries in a season by an Eels player.

It was Radradra again who opened up the scoring in the second stanza of the match, and as a result the flying Fijian had now broken an Eels record that had been untouched for the past 33 years.

The Raiders hit back through Jarrod Croker in the 54th minute. The young Canberra captain converted his own try to claim the accolade of the leading Point Scorer in the NRL.

The flashy centre had to wait just 7 minutes to extend his lead by 6 points, as he crossed for another try and once again kicked the conversion.

The Eels bounced back when Junior Paulo smashed his way through defenders to get the ball over the line.

Sisa Waqa was the second player to get sent to the sin bin this round, when he held onto Ryan Morgan for too long after preventing him from scoring a break away try.

The Eels were desperate to make the most of theirs numbers advantage, and they did just that when Daniel Alvarro burst through defenders to put the Eels ahead by 4 points.

Desperate times call for desperate measures, and a risky short kick off paid off for the Green Machine when they re-gained possession. From the ensuing set, the Canberra side marched down the field, before Edrick Lee burrowed through defenders to score on the left edge with only seconds left on the clock.

Croker showed tremendous composure to slot the sideline conversion on the siren, much to the dismay of the nervous Parramatta crowd.

Three minutes into extra time, it was a Josh Hodgson try that secured the victory for the Raiders. With Sam Williams appearing to be in position for a field goal, the Parramatta defence rushed up early, which allowed Hodgson to throw a big dummy and run through from hooker to score.



Brock joined NothingButLeague in 2015 and is an aspiring sports journalist who supports the Gold Coast Titans.

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