The Bunnies were on life support. Thats how bad it was, the more fancied South Sydney side were under the hammer as the Raiders turned on their unpredictable style in their own backyard.
It took the visitors over an hour to haul in the Canberra side, with the Green Machines good home record over the Bunnies looking like remaining as John Lang’s men searched for answers.
Souths eventually getting home, just, 26-24 at Canberra Stadium.
The Canberra side started well, but for Souths, they played much as they did against the Eels last week – very patchy and unable to hang on to the ball at the best of times.
Besides John Sutton scoring an early try, it was all the Green Machine.
In one of the most spectacular tries ever seen at Canberra Stadium Josh Dugan somehow managed to get the ball down in the corner before going over the sideline, after Brett Kelly put him away down the left hand flank. Campese converted from the sideline and the Green Machine was up 12-6.
But while Canberra looked to be cruising at half time, they ran out of gas in the back end.
Is it fitness? Is it achieving focus for the full 80 minutes? It’s something that coach David Furner will want to quickly address.
It was very similar to a few weeks ago, when the Raiders had the Wests Tigers on the rack – but collapsed to let the joint-venture club take the points late in the piece.
Amazingly it was 24-6 to the Green Machine at half-time, but they weren’t able to score any 2nd half points – as Souths restored lost confidence and went about chipping away at the lead.
Lead by their respected forward pack, the Bunnies continued to rack up points – eventually coming home 26-24 after a late Rhys Wesser try with 10 minutes remaining.
Wesser getting a much needed touchdown after some poor reads both last week and early in this game at the back.
The Bunnies need to back this win up with a good performance against in-form Manly next week and the Canberra Raiders face a tough road trip over to NZ to face the Warriors.