« Their kicking game is poor and their discipline is poor, » Andrew Johns noted of the Dragons in Nine’s commentary.
Kalyn Ponga took just three minutes to find the try-line after returning for his team against the Dragons. Aidan Guerra extended their lead before Daniel Saifiti exposed the ‘soft’ Dragons defence.
« Three players in, they don’t wrap the ball up they don’t get the big man to ground.
Canberra’s John Bateman has a little injury concern with his elbow by the looks. Just before the last Raiders try he came off second-best in a tackle and got some heavy strapping, but seemed able to continue playing.
Also of concern is Roger Tuivasa-Sheck who came with what looked like a right hamstring issue – he has it iced on the sideline at the moment.
The Raiders go the length of the field again with Valemei at the end of the set to score!
The Warriors had all the momentum but in the last 10 minutes the Raiders scored twice with a man down!
That Wighton sin-bin is still a talking point though – former NRL star Braith Anasta was not convinced he should have been penalised so harshly.
« A controversial decision in my eyes. I believe it didn’t warrant 10 in the bin, » he said on Fox Sports.
Elliott Whitehead puts in a little grubber to himself just over halfway on the last tackle, it’s picked up and he puts in another little kick back across to the middle for Hudson Young to pick up and score!
« They’re down Jack Wighton, they lost George Williams… I was wondering who is going to do the kicking – it’s Elliott Whitehead, » league legend Greg Alexander said in commentary.
« Hudson Young scores the try that you would think sees the Raiders lead at half time, unbelievably! »
Semi Valemei just scored a beauty to completely flip the script here! The Raiders were deep in their own territory defending the Warriors advancing, but after a loose pass from NZ, Valemei picked up the crumbs found some space and the Fijian was off to the races!
The Warriors were steamrolling Canberra and just short of the try-line, when after a play-the-ball Wighton rushed up off the line to make a tackle and was called offside.
Raiders coach Ricky Stuart is FUMING in the coach’s box. The home crowd also booing the decision, but Wighton is off to the sin-bin.
« He burst off the line. It had more to do with the penalties they had just given away – three or four in a row. »
It’s all happening! A little niggle in a scrum and all of a sudden it’s kicked off! Papalii pulling the hair of Harris by the looks is what started it.
Two separate brawls on the field, but all looks pretty push and shovey and nothing more.
Ref has a few words, gives a few warnings and the Warriors gladly take the two points for a penalty.
English recruit George Williams has been ruled out for the remainder of this game, having failed his HIA.
Big loss for the Raiders, AND they’re still sweating on Croker’s HIA after he scored their first try of the day.