In the eighth match of the NRL Women in League round, the struggling Bulldogs scored just their fourth win of the season when in a surprise result they defeated the Raiders at Canberra Stadium 18 – 10 in a chilly Monday night match.
Canterbury, who have had one of their worst starts to a season in history, finally put an end to their six-straight losing streak with the win, but are still down in the 14th spot on the ladder.
The Raiders have now been pushed down into 12th position after giving away a rare two competition points from Canberra Stadium despite the return of fullback Josh Dugan. They have now lost their last three straight and really need to pick up their game if they are to play any part in September footy this year.
A blistering three first-half tries sealed the deal for the Bulldogs, who then lifted their defence in the second half to maintain their lead and come away with a win, still in finals contention but with a lot of work to do.
The Bulldogs began their determined winning performance with centre Josh Morris scoring just five minutes into the match. Bryson Goodwin converted the try and the visitors gained confidence with an early six point lead.
Ten minutes later the promising young Benjamin Barba scored their second after a 60m effort that left both Daniel Vidot and Dugan in his wake, with Goodwin again kicking it through the posts to extend Canterbury’s lead 12 – nil.
It was a speedy display from a desperate Bulldogs outfit as they set themselves up for victory scoring their third just three minutes later with a Luke Patten 18th minute try. Goodwin made it three from three to bring Canterbury up to 18 points, which would prove enough to win.
The Raiders finally scored their first points in the 24th minute when winger Joel Monaghan got over after finding a swift pass from Terry Campese. They missed the conversion, however, and trailed 18 – 4.
Then four minutes from half time Canberra managed their second, this time when Joel Thompson got over. Jarrod Croker converted and brought the score up to 18 – 10, which turned out to be the final result as the second half provided no more points for either team.
This weekend the Raiders have another home game, this time playing the Roosters, while the Bulldogs face another low-ranking team, the Sharks on Saturday. The odds for these matches and the others scheduled for Round 17 are available now at Ladbrokes.com.au!