NO WAY THROUGH: James Graham of the Bulldogs is tackled by two Raiders defenders.
NO WAY THROUGH: James Graham of the Bulldogs is tackled by two Raiders defenders. DAVID MOIR

Bulldogs downed after Raiders’ comeback

THE enigmatic Raiders stormed home over the top of a fading Canterbury to consolidate their place in the top eight with a 32-20 win in Canberra.

Late replacement Reimis Smith, who came into the Dogs' line-up after Josh Morris was called into the New South Wales Origin side, had a dream NRL debut scoring the opening try of the game with his first touch of the ball after seven minutes.

The youngster, who played NSW Cup on Saturday, drove to Canberra yesterday morning after getting called into the side, and had a double up by half-time as the Dogs led 14-10 at the break.

That was out to 20-10 inside five minutes of the second half after a try to halfback Moses Mbye, before the Raiders started their comeback.

Joseph Tapine was the first to score, and then five-eighth Blake Austin looked to have put Canberra in front after breaking through several tackles and lunging for the try line.

Officials in the Bunker ruled that one out, replays showing Austin was centimetres short of the line, but a few minutes later winger Edrick Lee crossed wide out to tie the scores at 20-20 after a lovely pass from fullback Jack Whighton.

Iosia Soliola than made it a double celebration for the week - his second son was born on Wednesday - after putting his side ahead 26-20 in the 69th minute, before Tapine sealed the win with his second for the day after a tremendous run by Jarrod Croker.

It was the first time in nine years the Raiders had beaten the Dogs twice in the same season.


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