You can tell when a player wants to impress and stake his claim for representative honours, when he runs for 196 metres as a front-rower, and that is exactly what David Shillington did for the Canberra Raiders – with the side from the nation’s capital defeating the Gold Coast Titans 24-12.
On the back of their dominant 18-0 win against the Cowboys last week, this week, the Titans looked a bit more scrappy at Skilled Park, in front of just over 11,000 fans.
Raiders centre Jarrod Croker finished the game with a total of 16 points, including 2 tries and 4 goals.
Raiders coach David Furner was pleased with the way his side prevented the Titans from scoring in the second half.
“If you are going to win games you have to win it through your defence.
“Second half … we had a shutout. No points. That was a credit to the players.”
The match had a bit of controversy however, with the Titans scoring on two separate occasions, only to have both tries denied – one coming from an obstruction, and the other from a professional foul from Raiders five-eighth Terry Campese, who was sent to the bin.
Despite that however, Titans coach John Cartwright concedes that both of those decisions would have had no bearing on the final result.
“They didn’t affect (the final result) but they probably cost us a chance,” he said.
“We would have had one set (to level the scores).
“I think they were both tries (but) I might be a bit biased, what do you reckon?
“… It was one we definitely though should we should win … They were too good for us.”
To sour the Titans mood following the game, winger David Mead was forced to leave the field, with a suspected broken jaw.
NRL News Dally M Points
David Shillington – 3
Jarrod Croker – 2
William Zillman – 1