The win and the game itself was dour and scrappy but the Canberra Raiders will not mind as they snapped a five-game losing streak to beat the Canterbury Bulldogs.

Finishing up at 14-4, the game was littered with errors, poor execution, and was anything but a high quality match.

Although the Raiders dominated both possession and field position for the majority of the match, they just could not capitalise and score more points.

It was Englishman Elliott Whitehead who would open the scoring in the match after he finished off some nice work from Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad.

As the Raiders seemingly struggled to score points, numerous tries went begging either through errors or the bunker intervening.

The Bulldogs’ loss was then further compounded with Jeremy Marshall-King put on report for an alleged trip.

Matt Frawley, playing in place of Jack Wighton, broke the line, dummied twice, bamboozled Matt Dufty and burst through the hole to score.

It was not the best attempt by Dufty and left many Bulldogs fans scratching their heads.

The Raiders went further ahead courtesy of a penalty goal before Matt Burton and Kyle Flanagan combined for the Bulldogs for the former to score.

A final penalty goal for the Raiders then capped off what was a disappointing display all round.

Raiders coach Ricky Stuart praised his side’s resilience and effort to bounce back after losing five straight.

I’m happy for the players because every week they get back on the platform to prepare and our senior players have been instrumental in the last five weeks in helping keep everyone upbeat and starting again,” Stuart said.

Bulldogs coach Trent Barrett knew that impatience and a lack of execution led to their downfall.

I thought we were just impatient and tried to win the game in that set,” Barrett said.

“Some of our last plays need a fair bit of work.”

NRL News Player of the Game

3. Elliott Whitehead (CAN)

2. Matt Frawley (CAN)

1. Tevita Pangai Junior (CBY)

Canberra Raiders half Matt Frawley

By ricky

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