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The Pirtek Parramatta Eels took on the Canberra Raiders in cold, wet and snowy conditions at Canberra Stadium. The Raiders were aiming for their 12th home game win in a row. Coach Ricky Stuart brought brought the Eels down two days early to acclimatise to Canberras low temperatures ahead of tonights game.

Bringing strong defence from the oustet, the Eels kept a tight stronghold against the Raiders. The first points on the board were taken by Jarrod Croker however this made the Eels hold their defending line even stronger.

A nicely placed chip kick from Luke Kelly sees the ball over the line with Brayden Williame placing it down into the corner but a the original ruling of a try was retracted by the video referee.

The Raiders once again took possession of the ball, driving it down towards the Eels line were Sami Sauiluma delivered a second try for the Raiders, as well as Sauilumas second try for the season. Crokers left footed-kick gave the Raiders a score of 12-0 for the end of the first half.

The weather eased slightly for the second half and the Eels showed solid defence. Terry Campeses attempt was ruled as a no try with 26 minutes left.

Another close call from the Raiders saw Willie Tonga hold the ball up with a try-saving tackle in his second game back on the field.

Jake Mullaneys perfect pass to Ryan Morgan saw another ball land in the corner but Crokers low laying tackle took Morgans boots over the line and the video referee ruled another no try.

By the final ten minutes no tries for the second half, Joseph Paulo was sent to the sin bin for tacking Fenson just moments before he had possession of the ball. Croker used the penalty to take Canberra up to 14-0, putting the Raiders just out of reach.

Getting stronger in defence each week, the Eels are slowly working towards that long awaited ladder climb. A 12th in a row home win for the Canberra Raiders left them in a share 6th position on the ladder at full time.

Raiders 14 (Tries: Sauiluma, Campese. Goals: Croker, 3)


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