Croker injury sours Raiders’ NRL win

A late damage for Canberra legend Jarrod Croker has soured his aspect’s much-needed 14-4 NRL win towards Canterbury at GIO Stadium.

Croker, 31, impressed in his first outing for the season however appeared to injure his shoulder diving to stop a strive within the 76th minute of Friday night time’s conflict.

The centre was down for various minutes earlier than strolling from the sphere.

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It was a tragic ending to a scrappy contest that noticed the Raiders snap their five-game shedding streak, and maybe most significantly keep away from one more second-half fade-out in shifting to 3-6 for the season.

They started on the entrance foot and had been held up in-goal twice within the first 10 minutes, with either side combining for 5 errors in that span.

The Raiders led on 17 minutes although, with Elliott Whitehead carrying a number of defenders over the road as he scored the opening strive.

5-eighth Matt Frawley – filling in for suspended star Jack Wighton – actually broke the sport open with a pleasant strive, throwing a dummy and skipping via a comfortable Canterbury defensive position to make it 10-0 on 33 minutes.

Issues had been wanting too good to be true when Croker appeared to attain earlier than halftime, and so they had been because the strive was dominated out on account of a knock-on.

The Fifteenth-placed Bulldogs (2-7) simply could not preserve management of the soccer, finishing simply 52 per cent of their units and permitting the Raiders 60 per cent of possession and an additional 400m within the first half.

They had been fortunate to be anyplace close to Canberra after prolonged intercept returns from Hudson Younger and Nick Cotric, with the Raiders settling for a penalty purpose and a 12-0 benefit on 52 minutes.

Residence followers had been fearing one other collapse when Bulldogs five-eighth Matt Burton crossed for a strive with 20 minutes to play, however Canberra closed the competition out with uncharacteristic composure.

The Raiders had performers throughout the board with 10 gamers working for greater than 100m, led by Joe Tapine’s 180m.

It was an underwhelming efficiency from the Bulldogs, wanting a shadow of the aspect that rolled the Sydney Roosters final weekend.

Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad’s return to the Canberra aspect was considerably short-lived, taken from the sphere with a leg damage within the second half, whereas Josh Papali’i remained on the sphere after showing to harm his leg.

Controversially, Bulldog ahead Tevita Pangai Jnr appeared to drop an elbow into Raider Adam Elliott’s head whereas on the bottom early within the contest, however he prevented something aside from a penalty.

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