The Canberra Raiders have pulled off a spectacular win against Newcastle Knights 29-25 after coming back from 22-6 at half time.
- Field Goal Frenzy
It took 75 minutes for the fans to come alive for this game as the field goal frenzy began. It was déjà vu in the 76th minute as the score was level and tied up at 24 all, just like the end result back when they played each other in round 3. In the 79th minute Blake Austin successfully kicked the field goal which put his side into the lead for the first time, 25-24. Except the Knights weren’t finished and Hodkinson was able to place a drop kick straight through the posts and level the scores again at 25 all.
Then golden point was being played and both sides had multiple attempts at kicking until Canberra’s second field goal attempt was unsuccessful but Rapana came charging in and utilised the bounce to score the winning try of the game. The Knights were in disbelief as they realised they did not defend the bounce until it was too late and the Raiders boys were celebrating their comeback.
- Raiders pile on 23 points in the second half to win
The Raiders were looking messy in the first half allowing the Knights to gain a comfortable lead 22-6 at half time. The spray Ricky Stuart gave the side in the sheds at half time was influential as they then came back to win the match in golden point.
The second half was dominant for Canberra Raiders as they made big metres quickly and were able to defend their line keeping Knights try-less in the second half. Knights only scored through Hodkinson with a penalty goal and a field goal in the second half.
- 10th consecutive loss for Newcastle Knights
Newcastle Knights had a brilliant start to the game piling on 22 points in the first half. With an impressive start to the game, they defended their line very well until the second half. This is their 10th consecutive game in a row they have lost this year and unfortunately, could not turn it around as they lacked defence in the second half against the Raiders. Knights have a bye next week and then play the Melbourne Storm at home and will be hoping to break this consecutive losing streak.
- Where does Nathan Brown go from here?
Nathan Brown has had a difficult job this year with a lot of changes to the side but coaches the likes of terrific players such as Trent Hodkinson, Dane Gagai and Brendon Elliot.
Newcastle Knights are continuously unlucky and need Trent Hodkinson to stand up. He displayed he was calm and collected after slotting in the field goal to go into golden point but he doesn’t demonstrate a leader persona about him. He needs to stand up and direct the side.
Dane Gagai scoring three tries in Origin II for QLD also could also direct from the back and push the defensive efforts and standards Newcastle are capable of.
IN THE SHEDS
- Shannon Boyd- leg
- Jordan Rapana- shoulder
- Tyler Randell- ribs
Canberra Raiders 29
Tries: 5 (Blake Austin, Jack Wighton, Jarrod Croker x2 & Jordan Rapana)
Goals: 5/5 (Aidan Sezer, Jarrod Croker x3 & Blake Austin)
Penalty Goals: Nil
Newcastle Knights 25
Tries: 4 (Sione Mata’utia, Korbin Sims, Jake Mamo & Peter Mata’utia)
Goals: 3/4 (Trent Hodkinson x3)
Penalty Goals: 1/1 (Trent Hodkinson)