Green Machine back in the race
ELLIOTT Whitehead barged over for a try to give Canberra their first golden- point win that could reignite their campaign that promised so much.
The Raiders had lost three matches this year that went to extra time – and another three by six points or less – and there were plenty of nerves when the scores were locked up against St George Illawarra.
Those nerves were there to see from both sides after five field- goal attempts during regulation time failed But after a brilliant Aidan Sezer 40/ 20 kick, Whitehead was able to charge on to a Dave Taylor off- load and score next to the posts to give the Green Machine an 18- 14 win.
It sparked wild scenes in the stands where 10,977 fans braved chilly, wet conditions.
The win ended a fourmatch losing streak for Can- berra. A loss would have all but ended their season.
The Dragons would have been extra filthy given they finished the match without Josh Dugan who was flattened by a blatant shoulder charge. Josh Papalii made sure he ironed out Dugan with his left shoulder near the hour mark, with the refs agreeing it was a case of “penalty sufficient’’.
As Dugan was forced off to undergo a HIA – and was heckled by his old supporters – Sezer was able to collect an intercept pass and race 90m to give the home side hope.
The fact Dugan was ruled out for the game, and Papalii wasn’t, will anger the Red V.