NRL Round 18 – Match 3 Results: Manly Sea Eagles 22 v 24 Canberra Raiders

In one of the upset victories of the round, the Canberra Raiders shocked Manly players and fans with a 24 – 22 win over the Sea Eagles at Brookvale Oval on Saturday afternoon.

Starting as the underdogs Canberra showed they were serious about their season, putting in a gallant display to hand the Sea Eagles their second consecutive loss and put an end to their own four loss losing streak after the Raiders had been defeated by the Cowboys, Tigers, Bulldogs and Roosters over the past month.

It was a shock result that gave the devout Raiders fans that had jumped on their juicy $3.70 odds at Ladbrokes.com.au a very healthy return, Canberra’s confidence obviously boosted by the re-signing of boom fullback Josh Dugan.

It was a shock result that gave the devout Raiders fans that had jumped on their juicy $3.70 odds at Ladbrokes.com.au a very healthy return

Despite being outside the top eight in ninth spot on the ladder at the end of the round, Manly are still one of the favourites to take out this year’s premiership paying $9 through Ladbrokes.com.au.

The visitors were first to score when winger Joel Monaghan intercepted the ball and sprinted nearly the length of the field to get over for the Raiders in the seventh minute, the try converted by Jarrod Croker to give them an early six point lead. It was Crocker’s great record on the boot that won the match in the end, as both teams scored four tries a piece.

In the 13th minute Tony Williams struck back for the Sea Eagles with their fist try, Shane Rodney’s conversion tying the score six all.

The Green Machine answered back with their second in the 25th minute scored by Daniel Vidot after Adam Mogg set them up by stripping the ball from Kieran Foran, Crokers’ second conversion boosting them in front 12 – 6.

Manly’s Steve Matai gave a quick reply five minutes later, scoring another converted try in the 30th minute so the score was tied again.

Just four minutes later the Sea Eagles got over again, Michael Robertson scoring a four-pointer to give them the lead 16 – 12.

It was an intense back and forth battle and before the half time siren blew, Canberra scored their third when Joe Picker crossed in the 38th minute. Crocker then kicked what turned out to be the winning conversion and the Raiders went to the break leading 18 – 16.

The second half was far more intense with just one more try scored by each team. The Raiders’ came early when skipper Terry Campese got over five minutes back from the break, Crocker maintaining his perfect record on the night with his fourth successful conversion.

The final try of the night didn’t come until two minutes from full time when Manly’s Ben Farrar scored in the 78th minute and despite Jamie Lyon converting, the Raiders had held on to win 24 – 22.

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