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Half-time update: Raiders v Roosters

Half-time update: Raiders v Roosters
Raiders five-eighth Blake Austin. Credit: Brendan Esposito. Copyright: NRL Photos.

The Raiders recovered from a slow start to open up a handy 16-6 half-time lead over the Roosters in their Sunday afternoon showdown at GIO Stadium. 

Latrell Mitchell looked to have given the visitors the dream start when he collected a towering Luke Keary bomb that had been allowed to bounce, but his opening-set try was disallowed by the Bunker due to an offside chaser getting within 10 metres of the play. 

There would be no denying the Roosters on their next attacking raid as Canberra's ruck defence fell asleep to allow Jake Friend to celebrate his 200th NRL appearance with his third try in as many games.  

It didn't take long for the Raiders to strike back, with the home side levelling the scores – albeit fortuitously – when a Joey Leilua offload cannoned into the chest of Elliott Whitehead who scooped up the loose ball and found Jordan Rapana who planted the Steeden on the chalk despite the best efforts of Kane Evans to hold him up. 

A prolonged period of pressure highlighted by a vintage Iosia Soliola bellringer on Keary proved too much for the Roosters as Rapana finished off a sweeping left-to-right movement to step his way over for his second try of the afternoon.  

The Green Machine pushed further in front when skipper Jarrod Croker raced through to ground an Aidan Sezer grubber to bring up his 1500th point in first grade. 

Raiders 16 (Jordan Rapana 2, Jarrod Croker tries; Jarrod Croker 2 goals) led Roosters 6 (Jake Friend try; Michael Gordon 1 goal) at half-time.



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