Canberra Raiders halfback Sam Williams

In the end, trials often mean very little but the Canberra Raiders have prevailed over the Parramatta Eels 22-20. 

Playing at St Marys Stadium out in the West, the two sides were very different in terms of playing personnel.

The Eels had several top-line first-graders laced with youth and Wenty players, the Raiders had a mostly young side.

After some early tit-for-tat and lack of execution, it was the Eels who would strike first in the thirteenth minute.

Moses and Eels captain Clint Gutherson combined for young gun Ethan Parry to score his first try.

Soon after, Moses was at it again; this time, he took the line on on the last, bamboozled the Raiders and chipped ahead for Parry to score a second.

Seemingly with a point to prove this season, Moses was again in the thick of the Eels tries.

A grubber ricocheted off a Raider, Moses regathered, ran into open territory, banana kicked resulting in a Raiders error.

Parramatta Eels halfback Mitchell Moses

All of which then led to Moses once again regathering before he flicked a pass to Jaeman Salmon to score.

The Raiders would soon hit back, however, with a try of their own.

It came from Tom Starling whose darting dummy-half runs finally culminated in a try and the Raiders first points.

Coming out of the sheds with a 20-6 break, the Eels could have very nearly extended their lead further.

Unfortunately for the Eels, George Jennings was unable to hold onto the final pass.

A bit of controversy made itself known with the Raiders second try.

JJ Collins made a bee-line for the try-line and it was given, although replays suggested that he lost the ball in the attempt of scoring.

Canberra Raiders forward JJ Collins

At this point, Brad Arthur had seen enough from his first-graders and brought on a host of lower grade players to finish the match.

From there, the Raiders took control as Sam Williams dummied and scored a try.

Before Andre Niko scored a near length of the field try with a Raiders goal from Williams then sealing the win for the Green Machine.

By ricky

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