This time the league gods favour green

Sunday Territorian - - SPORT - MARTIN GA­BOR

A six-again call 10 months in the mak­ing has helped Can­berra to a cru­cial 14-12 win over the Cow­boys in Townsville. Down by four points, the Raiders were awarded a set restart by old foe Ben Cum­mins which led to a Cur­tis Scott try from the en­su­ing set.

It was lit­tle com­fort given what hap­pened against the Roost­ers in the grand fi­nal last year, but it proved to be a telling mo­ment last night, as the Green Ma­chine did just enough to claim two vi­tal com­pe­ti­tion points.

“I don’t think we de­served to win, but we found a way,” Raiders coach Ricky Stu­art said. You could hear the screams com­ing from the na­tion’s cap­i­tal when Cum­mins awarded the Cow­boys what would have been a game-ty­ing penalty goal from in front, but a ter­rific cap­tain’s chal­lenge saved any po­ten­tial drama when Du­namis Lui was ruled on­side.

The Cow­boys played with plenty of spirit but they were let down by poor ex­e­cu­tion.

“We saw signs of the type of team that I want to see, but we keep shoot­ing our­selves in the foot,” in­terim coach Josh Han­nay said.

“At some point as a foot­baller … you need to grow up and do your job in big mo­ments.”

It’s a phrase that keeps Can­berra fans up at night, es­pe­cially when com­bined with the name Ben Cum­mins after last year’s blunder in the com­pe­ti­tion de­cider.

You could only laugh last night when ref­eree Cum­mins restarted the tackle count when who else but Jack Wighton was held down late in the set with his side trail­ing 12-8.

A few plays later, the Raiders crossed through the re­turn­ing Cur­tis Scott.

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