Raiders centre Jarrod Croker is tackled in the 2012 elimination final against Cronulla at Canberra Stadium.

History Happens: Raiders v Sharks

Which player, named to start in Saturday's NRL qualifying final between the Raiders and the Sharks, scored the first try of the Canberra v Cronulla elimination final at Canberra Stadium in 2012?

Four years after their last NRL finals clash the Raiders and Sharks again aim for their piece of history as they meet at the arena now known as GIO Stadium. 

Eight players who took part in Canberra's 34-16 victory over Cronulla on September 9, 2012 will play in this weekend's game on September 10, 2016.

For the Raiders, Jarrod Croker, Josh Papalii and Sam Williams will all be aiming to replicate their 2012 triumph, while Paul Gallen, Andrew Fifita, Ricky Leutele, Wade Graham and Jayson Bukuya will be out to avenge the Sharks' elimination final loss.

But which of those eight players scored the first try back in 2012?

Sandor Earl and Blake Ferguson both bagged doubles for the hosts with hooker Glen Buttriss also crawling over the line for Canberra. Nathan Stapleton scored one of Cronulla's three tries.

Papalii and Williams both scored tries for the Raiders, while Leutele and Graham both scored for the Sharks. But which of those four players opened the scoring?

Croker kicked three goals for the Raiders, with Stapleton and Todd Carney both kicking one goal each for the Sharks. 

Here are the Raiders and Sharks team line-ups from their 2012 and 2016 finals:

And the first try scorer back in 2012? Watch the match highlights to find out:

 

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