It was just last season when the Newcastle Knights knocked the Canberra Raiders out of the NRL finals. Fast forward to round this season and the Raiders have exacted their revenge. 

In what was a good display without being great – helped by a sloppy Knights outfit at times – the Raiders ran away 28-12 victors away from home at McDonald Jones Stadium.

Ultimately, errors cost the Knights as the Raiders were able to maintain the ball and their heads to record the surprise victory.

Proceedings got underway on the back of a penalty goal for Jamal Fogarty.

The Knights would argue that they had what was a fair try disallowed after Kalyn Ponga sliced the Raiders line open to find Tyson Gamble on his inside to score.

It was called back due to obstruction with Danny Levi impeded, despite many believing that Levi perhaps made the most of the situation.

But the Knights would soon have their chance to get on with their attack when Hudson Young was both put on report and sin-binned for collecting Ponga high.

That chance would not come straight away, though, as the Raiders, a man down, would score the first try as Zac Hosking soared highest to claim the ball and score.

It eventually came as Tyson Frizell busted his way through the Raiders defence and past several defenders to score.

Half-time came and went as Danny Levi burrowed his way over from dummy half to score against his former club.

The Raiders would then look to put the game beyond doubt as Albert Hopoate showed some offloading prowess following a bomb and a pass out wide then found Xavier Savage who had too much speed.

Hopoate would then turn direct provider when he caught the ball and offloaded in one movement, finding Jordan Rapana on his outside to score a simple try.

The Knights would get nothing but a consolation when Jackson Hastings dummied and ran to score their second but that was all she wrote from a Knights’ perspective.

Hosking then got an assist of his own when he bust a tackle, miraculously offloaded near the ground, finding Young to score.

The conversion saw the score hit 28-12 Canberra as the Green Machine fly and the Knights are left to lick their wounds.

Canberra, often known their resolve and their grit, showed plenty of it as Knights coach Adam O’Brien admits his side had none of it.

“We were impatient, it felt like we wanted the highlight reel,” O’Brien said.

“They wanted to come here and get into a scrap and I don’t think we did.”

Ricky Stuart praised both his young guys and veterans for the way they came together in pre-season.

“It’s been a fun off-season, all the young players have really added some rejuvenated life and energy,” Stuarts said.

“Then when all the senior players came back, they took the training to another standard.”

Canberra Raiders 28 (Hosking, Levi, Hopoate, Rapana; Goals: Fogarty 4) def. Newcastle Knights 12 (Frizell, Hastings; Goals: Ponga 2)

NRL News Player of the Game

3. Zac Hosking (CAN)

2. Albert Hopoate (CAN)

1. Morgan Smithies (CAN)

 

By ricky

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