Napa in good nick however Canberra conquer Canterbury in NRL trial

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The Canberra Raiders have crushed the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 28-22 in an entertaining NRL trial on the Bega Recreation Floor.

A robust wind threatened to play a key position within the contest and the Bulldogs had been lucky to make use of it within the first half.

The Raiders got here residence with that benefit within the second and ran the blue and whites down within the remaining minutes.

After disappointing seasons in 2018, either side had been in search of a fast begin to the brand new season and it was the Bulldogs who seemed to be the sharpest of the 2 early on.

A double to Kerrod Holland and tries to Aiden Tolman and Reimis Smith arrange a dominant 22-6 lead on the break, after Royce Hunt had opened the scoring for the Raiders.

With Kieran Foran lastly on the sphere and the Bulldogs trying enthusiastic and sharp in assault, they had been clearly the higher facet within the first 40 minutes.

The Raiders had been clunky at finest and did not create significant possibilities. The Canterbury defence held out the inexperienced machine on plenty of events and the shortage of selection in assault from the Raiders was clear for all to see.

As is the case with trial matches, Dylan Napa, Foran and different Bulldog stars had been rested within the second half, because the Raiders took benefit with Nick Cotric benefiting on the left edge with a double.

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Sam Williams added some a lot want spark when he took to the sphere and the younger Canines had no reply over the ultimate half hour because the Raiders ran riot.

Extra vital than the end result was the performances of some doubtlessly key gamers for each groups in 2019. Napa solely performed a cameo position however appeared glorious for the Bulldogs.

Jeremy Marshall-King added some spice to the assault and Sauaso Sue labored exhausting within the center together with Ofahiki Ogden.

The Raiders employees may have been impressed with the performances of Emre Guler, Corey Horsburgh and Royce Hunt, who all appear to be staking claims on a primary grade spot at some stage of the season.

Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad was stable on the again and the longer the sport went, the higher Jack Wighton turned.

The replay will likely be way more vital to the coaches than the rating line and either side will stroll away feeling that they did loads proper in an entertaining and aggressive trial.

Closing Rating
Canberra Raiders 28
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 22


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