Newcastle vs Canberra results and match report

The Raiders kept their season alive with a gutsy 28-22 win over the Knights on Sunday night.

Canberra were down 22-8 at half-time but came back strong in the competition to stay within touching distance of the top eight with two rounds remaining.

MATCH CENTRE: Canberra Raiders vs Newcastle Knights, live scores, teams

Newcastle wingers Edrick Lee and Dominic Young both crossed for the double, while the Raiders scored through Seb Kris and Jordan Rapana.

Knights captain Jayden Brailey scored on the stroke of halftime to give his team a 22-8 lead.

But the Green Machine came out of the blocks in the second half and Kris got his brace before Hudson Young showed individual brilliance.

Jamal Fogarty then netted a penalty in the 54th minute to level the scores.

Canberra stalwart Josh Papalii steamed through a lazy defense before Joe Tapine found Jack Wighton to score in the 72nd minute.

It was Raiders coach Ricky Stuart’s first return game since being suspended for comments made at a post-game press conference.


Canberra stalwart Josh Papalii steamed through a lazy defense before Joe Tapine found Jack Wighton to score in the 72nd minute.

“Big Papa thunders down the pitch, linking up with front line partner Tapine who throws a one-hander for Jack Wighton and Canberra scores through three of their big names,” said Andrew Voss.


The Canberra striker grabbed Sebastian Kris out of the dummy half but then ran after himself and scored with centimeters to spare.

“Hudson Young does it himself, it’s a special backrower thing,” said Greg Alexander.


Canberra struck first in the second half when Jamal Fogarty threw a bomb 40 yards out and Sebastian Kris rushed in to score.

“The Knights timed it. Nobody was going to the ball, I was looking at the statues of the Knights there, nobody wanted to take possession of it,” Andrew Voss said.

“It’s a great catch from Seb Kris,” said Greg Alexander.


The Raiders had just 20 seconds left to defend when they let Mat Croker wander into a gaping hole 40 yards out.

The lock found Jayden Brailey inside and the Newcastle skipper finished wide of the posts.

“What a finish, 40 seconds to go when the scrum was full and Jayden Brailey scored Newcastle’s fifth try of that half,” said Greg Alexander.


Edrick Lee jumped over Jordan Rapana and scored a stellar solo try, and now both Newcastle wingers have two tries.

Lee still had a lot of work to do after collecting the bomb from Anthony Milford and needed his entire 196cm frame to reach out and score.

“Well he’s long all over and stretching to score, look at Edrick’s face he’s got another one,” said Andrew Voss.


The Raiders produced a well-worked fifth tackle game to create an overlap for Jordan Rapana to finish in the corner.

Xavier Savage’s final pass to Rapana looked flat at best, but the try made it 12-8 against the run of play.

“Before scoring that try, they were completely dominated by Newcastle,” said Greg Alexander.

Newcastle for 35 minutes were the much better side. Five line breaks to one, they finished 17/17 as the Raiders could go through just eight sets.


Newcastle center Dane Gagai showed sensational footwork before passing Nick Cotric to place Dominic Young for his second.

Great play from Dane Gagai, he owed one to Seb Kris and got on the outside, great footwork and enough speed to get down that right sideline,” said Greg Alexander.

“A little stop-stop and too good. Easy for Dom Young.


The Knights come back in front thanks to a bad defensive reading from Nick Cotric which allows Dominic Young to score intact in the corner.

“Canberra were horribly short that way, Nick Cotric was close to making a play for Dane Gagai which left a lot of room for Dominic Young,” Greg Alexander said on Fox League.


Raiders center Sebastian Kris showed plenty of strength to finish from 10 yards out after picking up a fine pass from Jack Wighton.

“Kris puts a jab on Gagai, he got up and left a cross on home state,” Andrew Voss said.


Newcastle winger Edrick Lee opened the scoring with his 12th try of the season, his highest equal in a season.

The Knights moved the ball from one side of the field to the other and created an overlap for Lee to score untouched.

“Everyone played their part in this trial,” said Andrew Voss.

“He’s the king of McDonald Jones Stadium when it comes to tryouts.”

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The Raiders’ desperate charge to the football final is set to continue against the Knights – who have been making headlines for all the wrong reasons.

Ricky Stuart’s men must win their remaining three games if they have a chance of making the final.

Canberra manager Ricky Stuart returns after serving a one-game suspension for post-match comments following his side’s loss to the Panthers.

Meanwhile, the Knights are hoping to deliver in front of their home fans at McDonald Jones Stadium.

The club’s culture has come under fire after footage of Kalyn Ponga and Kurt Mann being escorted out of a toilet cubicle by security.

Although neither will take part in Sunday’s competition, the club have been criticized as well as manager Adam O’Brien.

Newcastle welcome back experienced enforcer David Klemmer, pushing Jacob Saifiti, while 19-year-old Krystian Mapapalangi makes his center debut.


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