Raiders the new giant-killers of the NRL

They defeated Melbourne last week, and now this week, it was the Bulldogs turn to suffer defeat at the hand of the Raiders, as they look to be building momentum, before the return of their inspirational five-eighth, Terry Campese.

With the Bulldogs looking seemingly back in the game, it was  a Jarrod Croker penalty goal in the last few minutes that wrapped the game up for the Raiders.

Although the Raiders won however, they are still on the bottom of the ladder, but are now only 4 points behind the Wests Tigers, who lie in 8th position.

For the Bulldogs, they were their own worse enemy, as the error-rate piled up giving the Raiders good field position, and their attack was stilted.

Their kicking game however was perhaps their biggest disappointment, with both Trent Hodkinson and Kris Keating struggling to make an impact in  the game.

In a blow for the Bulldogs on top of the loss, and an injury that is sure to displease all fantasy football players, Aiden Tolman suffered a knee injury, believed to be medial ligament damage.

As a result, he faces potentially 4-6 weeks on the sideline, and it will no doubt affect the Bulldogs go-forward in the future weeks.

“We prepared well and we were ready for the challenge but unfortunately those options we took when we were attacking their line weren’t good enough,” Bulldogs skipper Andrew Ryan said.

“It was pretty pedestrian really in our attack … it was very frustrating.”

Whilst he was pleased with his sides effort, Raiders coach David Furner admits that his side still has a lot of work to do.

“The game was won on our defence and attitude, it was pleasing to watch,” Furner said.

“It would have been pretty cruel if we had have lost that game because I thought we were in control for 80 minutes.

“We had a couple of times where we put ourselves under pressure, more than a couple of times, but we just kept fighting for each other.

“We’ve got to keep winning.”

The Raiders also had their own injury concerns, with Bronson Harrison suffering a suspected shoulder injury, whilst back-rower Joe Picker will undergo scans on a fractured forearm.

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