Canberra Raiders forward Josh Papalii

In a defensive slog, it was the Canberra Raiders who emerged victorious, winning 18-8 over the North Queensland Cowboys. 

The Cowboys, who many saw as premiership favourites, now languish at 2-6.

They did score the first points of the game, though; the Johnathan Thurston and Gavin Cooper combination combining.

Canberra would hit back, however, as Siliva Havili found a bullocking Josh Papalii who powered over.

The Cowboys retook the lead with a penalty goal before Aidan Sezer scored a good solo try for the Raiders.

As both sides looked to gain some ascendancy, the Raiders eventually grabbed it by the scruff of the neck.

It was Havili who scored a try of his own with a solo effort from dummy half.

Once the deficit went to ten points, the Cowboys were unable to reel it in.

The Cowboys had a surprisingly better completion rate but failed to turn that into points.

Cowboys coach Paul Green lamented the missed opportunities.

“We didn’t get beaten by brilliant footy, it was pretty simple stuff… missed an assignment, got a quick play the ball, they (Raiders) crashed over,” a deflated Green said.

“It’s disappointing, but you find when you’re kind of struggling as a team to find your rhythm all those little things become a lot harder for you.”

Green also admitted that his side just did not do enough against the Raiders to win.

“When you’re sort of struggling for from or confidence it’s amazing just how many of those plays are just off the mark,” he said.

“It takes a lot to fight your way out of that and I think that was probably the case there tonight.”

Although they did win, Raiders coach Ricky Stuart was disappointed with the penalties and errors they gave away and made.

“The amount of possession we turned over… we just kept making it easier for them and harder for us,” Stuart said.

“We had to play for 80 minutes tonight and we spoke about that all week… it’s what’s been letting us down all season, playing in patches.

“I’m so proud of how we won tonight, because it was on the back of individual effort, the contribution of every individual out there was a bonus for the whole team result.”

Player of the Game:

3. Josh Papalii

2. Siliva Havili

  1. Aidan Sezer

By ricky

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