In the upset result of the Round, the Raiders kept their finals hopes alive with an impressive victory over the Premiership-favourite Dragons at Canberra Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
The Green Machine have now enjoyed eight straight wins over the Dragons in the nation’s capital, St George having defeated the Raiders just once since 2004.
Despite the loss, the Dragons look relatively safe of wining back-to-back Minor Premierships still sitting at the top of the ladder with a two point buffer over their closest rivals.
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Canberra have leaped up to ninth on the ladder and are right in the race to the finals on equal competition points with the eighth-ranked Broncos after winning three on the trot.
On Sunday the eventually elated home crowd of over 20,400 fans were looking nervous at halftime after just one try was scored in the first 40 when the Dragons Brett Morris got over in the fourth minute to give the visitors the 4 – 0 lead.
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Then in the second half the energy went up 200% when the Green Machine surged to a commanding lead scoring seven unanswered tries.
Daniel Vidot kicked things off in the 48th minute with their opening try converted by Jarrod Crocker to push them in front 6 – 4.
From there it was Canberra all the way as they scored four tries in 10 minutes thanks to excellent field position and a terrific completion rate.
Five-eighth Terry Campese was first after putting a little kick in for himself in the 56th minute.
Adam Mogg was next over in the 59th minute, followed by livewire fullback Josh Dugan after a 70m run in the 62nd minute, and then Joe Picker in the 65th minute.
Croker kicked two from four to extend their lead to an emphatic 26 – 4.
In the final 10 minutes the Dragons dug deep and added some respectability to the score with Mark Gasnier and Neville Costigan scoring tries two minutes apart and Jamie Soward booting both through the poles to narrow the deficit 26 – 16.
But with three minutes on the clock Glen Buttriss added some final gloss to the Raiders big win with another try converted by Croker so the fulltime result was 32 – 16.
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