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The Canberra Raiders Toyota Cup team was looking for some confidence from their clash with the bottom-of-the-table Sharks at Canberra Stadium yesterday, and they go it.

The young Raiders overcame another slow start to thump the Sharks 58-24 in a ten try rout. With games against Manly and Melbourne in the coming weeks, Raiders coach Andrew McFadden knew his team needed a good performance against the Sharks.

“We’ve got a big month coming up, over the next three weeks we got the top two teams so it was important to get a bit of form and confidence as a group and the next month is going to be key for us for the rest of the season,” McFadden said.

After conceding two early tries the Green Machine kicked into top gear to post three tries of their own, only to let Cronulla back in the game with a one-on-one steal that put the Sharks only a converted try behind at half-time.

Raiders Captain Mick Picker said: “We started off a bit slow again and we talked about getting our defensive side better and when we let in 18 points in the first-half we knew that we’d have to knuckle down in the second-half.”

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