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Saturday, 6 April 2019

'Best in competition' lead Raiders into top four


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NRL great Matthew Johns has donned Jordan Rapana and Joey Leilua the best outside backs pairing in the game after inspiring Canberra to a 30-12 win over an ailing Cowboys outfit in Townsville.

Speaking on Fox Sports, Johns was compelled to voice his appraisal after the pair linked up for a scintillating try which saw a Rapana put a freakish kick on a dime for Leilua who finished beautifully under the sticks.

“As an outside backs combination ‘Leipana’ are the best in the competition,” Johns said on Fox Sports NRL Super Saturday commentary.

“Rapana and Leilua just do so much work through the middle with their footwork and test the defence, which hurts those middle forwards.”

Joseph Leilua and Jordan Rapana

Both players finished with two tries to each to their names, while it was another impressive performance from Raiders young-gun Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad to see the Canberrans move into the top four.

The Cowboys had promised a better start than their error-laden capitulation a week ago to Cronulla but failed almost immediately to deliver.

Raiders winger Nick Cotric scored in the first five minutes before Rapana crossed in the next set, courtesy of a dropped ball by North Queensland's Javid Bowen.

The hosts finally managed to get on the board in the 31st minute after captain Michael Morgan offloaded close to Canberra's line into the waiting arms of second-rower Gavin Cooper but it was a only a brief respite.

Leilua doubles down

With three minutes to go in the half, an audacious pass from Nicoll-Klokstad found Rapana who kicked in-field to Leilua. The centre did incredibly well to juggle the ball into his hands for the Raiders' third try of the half.

Facing the prospect of a 1-3 start to the season, North Queensland returned a slightly more settled side in the second stanza.

They scored 14 minutes after the resumption via another offload from Morgan to utility forward John Asiata who cut the deficit to six points.

But that would be as close as they would get; utility forward Mitch Dunn spilt the ball coming out of the Cowboys' end which Canberra captain Jarrod Croker gleefully turned into a four-pointer.

The final nail came two minutes from fulltime after another dropped pass from which Rapana scored his second try three tackles later.

The Cowboys are back at home on Friday to host undefeated Melbourne, while the Raiders return to Canberra for a clash Sunday week with Parramatta.

- with AAP

NRL great Matthew Johns has donned Jordan Rapana and Joey Leilua the best outside backs pairing in the game after inspiring Canberra to a 30-12 win over an ailing Cowboys outfit in Townsville.

Speaking on Fox Sports, Johns was compelled to voice his appraisal after the pair linked up for a scintillating try which saw a Rapana put a freakish kick on a dime for Leilua who finished beautifully under the sticks.

“As an outside backs combination ‘Leipana’ are the best in the competition,” Johns said on Fox Sports NRL Super Saturday commentary.

“Rapana and Leilua just do so much work through the middle with their footwork and test the defence, which hurts those middle forwards.”

Joseph Leilua and Jordan Rapana

Both players finished with two tries to each to their names, while it was another impressive performance from Raiders young-gun Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad to see the Canberrans move into the top four.

The Cowboys had promised a better start than their error-laden capitulation a week ago to Cronulla but failed almost immediately to deliver.

Raiders winger Nick Cotric scored in the first five minutes before Rapana crossed in the next set, courtesy of a dropped ball by North Queensland's Javid Bowen.

The hosts finally managed to get on the board in the 31st minute after captain Michael Morgan offloaded close to Canberra's line into the waiting arms of second-rower Gavin Cooper but it was a only a brief respite.

Leilua doubles down

With three minutes to go in the half, an audacious pass from Nicoll-Klokstad found Rapana who kicked in-field to Leilua. The centre did incredibly well to juggle the ball into his hands for the Raiders' third try of the half.

Facing the prospect of a 1-3 start to the season, North Queensland returned a slightly more settled side in the second stanza.

They scored 14 minutes after the resumption via another offload from Morgan to utility forward John Asiata who cut the deficit to six points.

But that would be as close as they would get; utility forward Mitch Dunn spilt the ball coming out of the Cowboys' end which Canberra captain Jarrod Croker gleefully turned into a four-pointer.

The final nail came two minutes from fulltime after another dropped pass from which Rapana scored his second try three tackles later.

The Cowboys are back at home on Friday to host undefeated Melbourne, while the Raiders return to Canberra for a clash Sunday week with Parramatta.

- with AAP

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