The final scoreline may not necessarily show the Raiders period of dominance especially during the first half, though it is a win you take nonetheless – as an early flurry of tries by the Canberra Raiders was enough to overcome a late Brisbane Broncos fightback of sorts, as the Raiders won 30-18 at home.
With the game an Origin audition for Josh Papalii, it was a mixed night for the young forward, as he did good things in attack but made sloppy errors and was put on report for a lifting tackle late in the game.
It was rather cold conditions in Canberra for this one, as just over 10,000 fans braved the inclement cold weather to watch the clash – one that left the Raiders faithful pleased.
Raiders captain Terry Campese was also put on report for sliding in with the knees in the first half, but Raiders coach David Furner believes that neither player has anything to worry about.
“Have a look at the conditions,” Furner said.
“The dew on HGH the ground, you could slide from 30 metres out and end up there, please.”
Despite the win, though, Furner was rather displeased at the 6-1 penalty count against his side in the second half.
“That’s going to bring any team back into the game,” he said.
“We were obviously trying to play a faster brand of game against the Broncos, and if anything we were probably getting held down a little bit longer.”
At 24-0 down, Broncos coach Anthony Griffin knew that a fightback would be tough and he was brutally honest at the press conference.
“We were starting to come over the top of them there. But you’re playing from too far behind and then a very f***ing soft try that last one,” he said.
Despite the cold conditions, Broncos captain Sam Thaiday said that that is not an excuse for their slow start in the game.
“We just weren’t prepared to roll our sleeves up early enough,” he said.
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