Canberra Raiders vs St George Illawarra Dragons, result, score, SuperCoach scores

The Raiders survived a comeback from the Dragons to seal a crucial 24-22 win at GIO Stadium to keep their final hopes alive.

It was a thrilling finish that was nearly identical to the controversial Round 16 finish – except this time it was the Raiders who got the hang of it.

Mat Feagai paused and kicked as he got up to play the ball. Corey Harawira-Naera made the tackle and the Dragons pleaded with the referee for a penalty but to no avail.

The home side struck first with a try in the opening minute, only for the Dragons to hit back five minutes later through youngster Talatau Amone, who netted a hat-trick and set up a 75th-minute try to keep the ball going. match alive.

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After scoring three tries, Talatau Amone kicked the cut pass to send Tautau Moga for a try to set up a grandstand finish. Zac Lomax couldn’t convert, keeping the Raiders lead by two.


The Dragons scored to stay in the game. Talatau Amone crossed moments after Ben Hunt shot a 20/40.


It was already seen for the Raiders, scoring in the first minute of the second half. Mat Feagai had a moment to forget when he missed Xavier Savage’s grubber, allowing Albert Hopoate to crush him to score.


An unlikely bench striker broke the deadlock with a thrilling try. Ryan Sutton loaded a bomb from Ben Hunt to score under the posts.

“Put it down to the Englishman and all that Raiders defense putting pressure on Ben Hunt,” Fox League commentator Brenton Speed ​​said.

“What an individual game… All the effort,” added Shane Flanagan.


Xavier Savager got an assist in his second leg following an ankle injury as he sent Jordan Rapana into the corner with a short ball. Jamal Fogarty nailed the sideline conversion to lock in the scores.


Talatau Amone supported his essay with another. Jack Bird rounded a Raider then unloaded on Amone who dived over the line.


The Dragons fought back with young pistol Talatau Amone having to crush several Raiders players to put the ball on the ground.


It didn’t take long for the Raiders to get on the board with Hudson Young pouncing on a Zac Woolford grubber to score.


Ricky Stuart will be forced to watch from home when his Raiders take on the Dragons in a must-see clash at GIO Stadium to keep their final hopes alive.

Stuart has been suspended by the NRL after his ‘weak dog’ spray aimed at Panthers player Jaeman Salmon last week.

The Dragons are also still in the hunt for the finals, but after losing to the Sharks last week, they now have two wins out of eight.

If they want to sneak into the final they will need to win their last four games – but they will do so without veteran Tariq Sims who was banned for a reckless tackle. Josh McGuire enters the starting lineup for the Sims and Tyrell Fuimaono joins the bench.

In a boost for the team, Cody Ramsey returns from a knee injury at the back, forcing Moses Mbye in crosses and Jack Bird to lock.

The Raiders welcome the return of power back Xavier Savage from an ankle injury, but will be without star prop Joe Tapine and winger Nick Cotric.

Tapine succumbed to a rib injury sustained last week, while Cotric is suspended.

Emre Guler replaces Tapine in the starting pack with Corey Horsburgh joining the bench after a successful return from pneumonia via reserve grade last week.

Meanwhile, Savage’s return allows Albert Hopoate to move to the wing to replace Cotric.


The adventurers: 1. Xavier Savage 2. Albert Hopoate 3. Matthew Timoko 4. Sebastian Kris 5. Jordan Rapana 6. Jack Wighton 7. Jamal Fogarty 8. Josh Papali’i 9. Zac Woolford 10. Emre Guler 11. Hudson Young 12. Elliott Whitehead 13. Adam Elliott 14. Tom Starling 15. Ryan Sutton 16. Corey Horsburgh 17. Corey Harawira-Naera. Substitute player: 18. James Schiller

Dragons: 21. Cody Ramsey 2. Mathew Feagai 1. Moses Mbye 4. Zac Lomax 5. Tautau Moga 6. Talatau Amone 7. Ben Hunt 8. Jack de Belin 9. Andrew McCullough 10. Blake Lawrie 11. Josh Mcguire 12. Jaydn Su ‘A 3. Jack Bird 13. Michael Molo 15. Aaron Woods 16. Tyrell Fuimaono 17. Billy Burns. Substitute player: 20. Jaiyden Hunt

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