Raiders Outmuscle Eels 20s
The Dyldam Parramatta Eels Holden Cup side has been beaten 44-18 by a tough Canberra Raiders side in slippery conditions at Pirtke Stadium.
In the final game of the season for the Blue and Gold, the Raiders sealed a spot in the top eight of the Under 20s.
In the 13th minute, halfback Dylan Izzard picked up the loose ball after a runaround from Elkander, then finished with a 20-metre bullet cutout pass to Miski who crashed over out wide.
Zach Dockar-Clay’s conversion was unsuccessful from the sideline.
Raiders second-rower Kalani Going scored his first try of the day after some fast hands from his Canberra teammates.
Zac Woolford’s conversion sailed through the uprights.
Abbas Miski was denied a try after being tackled into touch, and was forced to leave the field with an injury to his elbow.
Raiders’ forward Cleveland McGhie ended his game shortly after with a concussion, after running into Eels’ captain Alex Twal’s elbow in a tackle.
The Eels nudged back in front through a Nathan Davis try on the right wing, after a speedy dummy run from Josh Grant.
The Raiders took over the lead at half-time after a 39th minute try to Tevita Pangai Junior, heading into halftime 12-8 in front.
After halftime, the visitors piled on consecutive tries to build a commanding lead.
Kaolin Going scored his second, winger Thomas Cronan crossed on the edge and forward Jack Hickson also scored to be 28-8 ahead.
The Eels kept in the hunt after Brandon Raeli made a big line break, passing to Bevan French who offloaded to Zach Dockar-Clay to score under the posts.
But some handling errors from the Eels saw two more try-scoring chances missed, with the Raiders adding an additional try through Thomas Cronan to put the score out of reach.
Pangai Junior scored his second of the day, extending the lead for Canberra.
A late try to Atini Gafa helped add some respect to the score for the Eels, but it didn’t stop the Raiders’ attack.
Kalani Going scored a hat-trick with a late try, with the final score 44-18.
Canberra Raiders 44 (Going 3, Cronan 2, Pangai Jr 2, Hickson tries; Woolford 3, McGrath 2, Solomon goals)
Parramatta Eels 18 (Izzard, Davis, Dockar-Clay, Gafa tries, Dockar-Clay goal)