Raiders win but show cracks in defence
The Raiders attack showed no signs of slowing down despite Blake Austin’s absence. The Raiders scored eight tries to outscore Manly in a high scoring affair, with Rapana bagging three.
However, Manly managed to score six tries of their own and gave the high-flying Raiders a late scare. The Raiders gave away plenty of cheap penalties and missed tackles to give the Sea Eagles a sniff when the game should have been done and dusted.
Lyon’s Brookvale farewell not a victorious one
Although the centre was unable to take to the field for his Brookvale farewell, Lyon would be pleased with the promise his team showed. Missing the injured Dylan Walker, Manly showed their determination by scoring three late tries to get within only eight points of the Canberra side. Tom Trbojevic threatened the Raiders line each time he touched the ball and scored three tries.
The Raiders’ only Origin representative showed his class with a dominant performance. Arguably Canberra’s best player, Papalii ran 126m, made 19 tackles and set up two tries. The offload on his inside to set up Wighton was particularly special.
At only 24, the edge second rower has long representative future ahead of him.
Austin missed in defence
Pundits expected Austin’s absence to be missed most in attack, but it was the defensive combination of Leilua and Sam Williams which was most concerning.
The younger Trbojevic brother gave the duo a torrid time. The fullback purposely angled his runs between Leilua and Willams and was duly awarded a hat-trick of tries.
The Raiders will be thankful Tedesco won’t be playing next week but will need to mend their defence if Austin isn’t back come finals.
IN THE SHEDS
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Canberra Raiders 44
Tries: Rapana 3, Leilua 2, Vaughan, Wighton
Conversions: Croker 6/8
Manly Warringah Sea Eagles 30
Tries: T. Trbojevic 3, J. Trbojevic, Cherry-Evans, Winterstein
Conversions: Wright 3/6