Another arm wrestling performance by the Cronulla Sharks saw them defeated on Saturday night when they travelled to Canberra and lost 20 – 13 to the Raiders, handing their new coach Shane Flanagan his first disappointment.
The Sharks are now the last of the premiership contenders, above only the Melbourne Storm, after they lost their fourth match in a row.
While the Sharks said goodbye to September footy on Saturday night, the rising Raiders kept their faint finals dreams alive with their third win on the trot and are now in 11th spot on the ladder.
Cronulla were first to score on Saturday night when Ben Pomeroy opened their account in the seventh minute, and with Scott Porter’s early conversion the visitors lead by six.
It would be nearly 30 minutes before any more points went on the board, then in the 36th minute Travis Waddell scored the Raiders first of an eventual three tries.
Jarrod Crocker was successful with the kick, tying the score at six all.
Seconds before the break Cronulla were given a helping hand when their soon-to-retire skipper Trent Barrett kicked a field goal to give them a 7 – 6 lead heading into half time.
Keen punters that had money on the Sharks to lead at half time through Ladbrokes.com.au were on the money
Just three minutes into the second half Canberra were then awarded a penalty of their own, kicked by Jarrod Crocker so the Raiders moved to the lead 8 – 7.
The game soon swung in the Raiders favour, however, as explosive winger Daniel Vidot scored a stunning second half double to give the home team the win.
Vidot scored in the 56th and then 67th minutes, both tries converted by Crocker boosting the Raiders up to a 20 point total.
A 71st minute try for the Sharks scored by Kade Snowden and kicked by Scott Porter narrowed the margin, but it wasn’t enough for an upset and Cronulla lost 20 – 13.
The narrow margin paid well for Raiders fans who bet on them to win by less than 12 points through Ladbrokes.com.au
It wasn’t all good news for Canberra, however, who suffered casualties with prop Scott Logan hospitalised with a possible fracture and boom youngster Josh Dugan injuring his sternum.
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