On Sunday afternoon the Raiders scored their biggest win of the season with an outstanding 52 – 18 victory over the Newcastle Knights at Canberra Stadium, reigniting their hopes of making the playoffs in September.
Now in the 11th spot on the ladder after back-to-back victories, Canberra are part of a number of improving teams fighting over a spot in the top eight.
They are still four competition points out of the position, however, equal with the Knights and still with plenty of work to do over the next month or so.
The Knights are one rank below the Raiders after Sunday’s flogging, their first loss from their past four.
Raiders’ fans who bet on Canberra to win by a high winning margin at Ladbrokes.com.au also enjoyed a big win!
It was a massive nine-tries-to-three win for Canberra who scored seven first half four-pointers in a 40 minute whitewash.
Standout performers were fullback Josh Dugan who scored a hat-trick, recently having resigned to the Canberra club, and young Daniel Vidot who managed two tries of his own.
Dugan opened their account just two minutes in and then Vidot scored a fast double with tries in the 5th and 11th minutes.
Before the first quarter was up Josh McCrone, who had a great game in the halves playing with Terry Campese, scored the Raiders fourth try and with Jarrod Crocker kicking three from four the home side enjoyed a 22 point lead after 20 minutes.
They didn’t slow down in the second quarter either, with Scott Logan and Bronson Harrison scoring a try each in the 22nd and 37th minutes and Josh Dugan adding another in between with a 25th minute effort.
Crocker converted all three and the Green Machine were all smiles at the interval leading by an emphatic 40 points.
Back from the break the Raiders didn’t have to do much work in order to win after their sensational effort in the first 40 minutes.
They were first to score with Dugan completing his hat-trick just three minutes in and then Terry Campese scored their final in the 62nd minute, two more Crocker conversions giving them a total haul of 52 points.
Newcastle finally opened their account in the 58th minute when Akulia Uate got over and they scored another two before the final siren, one each to Isaac De Gois and Adam MacDougall in the 60th and 71st minutes.
But even with skipper Kurt Gidley converting all three, it did little to add respectability to the score as the Knights still finished 34 points behind.
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