Canberra Raiders vs Newcastle Knights: NRL live blog, scores, highlights

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    Raiders vs Knights

    NRL, 18 March, 2018

    GIO Stadium
    Fulltime - Raiders 28, Knights 30
    Raiders   Knights
    28 FINAL SCORE 30
    4 TRIES 5
    Referee: Ashley Klein
    Touch judges: Ricky McFarlane & Belinda Sleeman
    Video Referee: Steve Chiddy

    Match result:

    Newcastle remain undefeated in the NRL after a second heart-stopping win in as many weeks, edging past Canberra 30-28 at GIO Stadium.

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    Final score
    Canberra Raiders 28
    Newcastle Knights 30

    Match preview:

    The Canberra Raiders will be looking for their first win of the 2018 season when they host the Newcastle Knights. Join The Roar from 6:30pm AEDT for live scores and commentary.

    Despite a strong start from Canberra against Gold Coast last week, the Raiders got sloppy at the end of the game, and it ended up costing them a win.

    The Green Machine scored three tries in the first ten minutes, and added a fourth to go into halftime ahead 24-12.

    However, two errors late in the game led to Gold Coast clinching the match in the 79th minute.

    The pressure is on Ricky Stuart’s men to perform, and they will have to do so without back-rower Joseph Tapine, who misses the game due to a broken finger.

    Newcastle will have the momentum going into the match, coming off a stunning golden point over the Sea Eagles.

    Mitchell Pearce secured the points via a 88th-minute field goal after an intense game.

    The Knights don’t have a great record at Canberra, and have only won five games at the nation’s capital since 1988.

    However, no injuries and an unchanged squad from last week means that unlike the Raiders, they will be at full strength.

    The Raiders could only manage 40 per cent possession against the Titans last week, and only had a completion rate of 69 per cent.

    They have points in them, but will need to hold onto the ball against Newcastle.

    The Knights are still trying to get their new-look team to gel together and if they can keep a hold of the ball and apply pressure that way, they’re in with a shot.

    Either way, expect a intense, close game.

    Raiders by 1

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    • Roar Rookie

      Jon said | 8:29pm | ! Report

      Stand by that taking that 2 points towards the end was a mistake. Still might not have won, could have lost by 4 instead. However, they had the Knights on the back foot and them giving away penalties to hold on. They should have applied the pressure.

      Injuries played a part, but the Raiders still could have won that game if they had more…courage isn’t the word, but something to take that riskier option.

    • Roar Guru

      Isaac Nowroozi said | 8:27pm | ! Report

      Thank you for joining us for this live blog, we look forward to seeing you all again soon!

    • Roar Guru

      Isaac Nowroozi said | 8:26pm | ! Report

      FULL TIME: Canberra Raiders 28 – 30 Newcastle Knights

    • Roar Guru

      Isaac Nowroozi said | 8:26pm | ! Report

      80′ – That’s full-time, and for the second week in a row, they lose by two. It’s the exact same score as last week as well.

      Papalii’s sloppy play-the-ball really did cost the Raiders, but their defensive and fitness issues were truly exposed.

      RAIDERS 28
      KNIGHTS 30

    • Roar Guru

      Isaac Nowroozi said | 8:23pm | ! Report

      77′ – Newcastle defend and regain possession. Canberra applying the pressure.

      RAIDERS 28
      KNIGHTS 30

    • Roar Guru

      Isaac Nowroozi said | 8:19pm | ! Report


      It remains a two-point game.

      RAIDERS 28
      KNIGHTS 30

    • Roar Guru

      Isaac Nowroozi said | 8:18pm | ! Report

      74′ – TRY NEWCASTLE

      Mata’utia puts the ball down after a fast set and the Knights lead.

      It looks like Groundhog Day for Canberra.

      RAIDERS 28
      KNIGHTS 30

    • Roar Guru

      Isaac Nowroozi said | 8:17pm | ! Report

      73′ – Josh Papalii hasn’t had a great game, and now he makes a mistake playing the ball.

      He really needs to work on his fitness.

      RAIDERS 28
      KNIGHTS 26

    • Roar Guru

      Isaac Nowroozi said | 8:16pm | ! Report

      72′ – Raiders somehow get possession at a moment where it looked like Newcastle should have scored.

      RAIDERS 28
      KNIGHTS 26

    • Roar Guru

      Isaac Nowroozi said | 8:15pm | ! Report

      72′ – Raiders give away a cheap penalty. Newcastle get a chance to push forward.

      RAIDERS 28
      KNIGHTS 26

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