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Sunday, 14 April 2019

Raiders equal club record in Eels domination


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The Raiders have equalled their best start to an NRL season in 14 years following their comprehensive 19-0 victory over a lacklustre Parramatta Eels on Sunday night.

The Green Machine was in full swing, overwhelming Brad Arthur's Eels who would find themselves scoreless in a less than in impressive display at GIO Stadium.

Compounding Parramatta's woes, ethereal winger Blake Ferguson was whisked from the field early in the second half with suspected broken ribs after battling through his time on the field.

The win sees Ricky Stuart's men extend their record to 4-1 as they retain third on the NRL ladder in what was the first time they had kept a team scoreless at home since 2013.

Raiders down the Eels at GIO Stadium

Canberra didn't survive the match unscathed either with lock Joe Tapine going off with syndesmosis and will have further scans on Monday.

Parramatta hadn't won in the capital since 2006 and were their own worst enemies in the first half, completing just eight sets, missing 27 tackles and making nine errors.

The Raiders had all possession and territory in the opening 40 minutes but only scored one try through Josh Papalii, while Jarrod Croker added a penalty for an 8-0 lead at the break.

The home side clicked into gear in the second half with English internationals Josh Hodgson and Elliott Whitehead combining, the latter scoring from a grubber on 49 minutes.

Raiders down the Eels at GIO Stadium

Raiders fullback turned five-eighth Jack Wighton then flew high to collect a Sam Williams bomb to bag their third try in the 61st minute.

Williams sealed the result with a field goal four minutes from time and will likely keep Aidan Sezer out of the starting side for another week.

It was the first time the Raiders had kept a team scoreless in Canberra since they did it to the Eels six years ago.

They'll host Brisbane next Sunday.

The Raiders enjoyed a 4-1 season start in 2005 but clopped from there to finish second last on the ladder that season.

-with aap

The Raiders have equalled their best start to an NRL season in 14 years following their comprehensive 19-0 victory over a lacklustre Parramatta Eels on Sunday night.

The Green Machine was in full swing, overwhelming Brad Arthur's Eels who would find themselves scoreless in a less than in impressive display at GIO Stadium.

Compounding Parramatta's woes, ethereal winger Blake Ferguson was whisked from the field early in the second half with suspected broken ribs after battling through his time on the field.

The win sees Ricky Stuart's men extend their record to 4-1 as they retain third on the NRL ladder in what was the first time they had kept a team scoreless at home since 2013.

Raiders down the Eels at GIO Stadium

Canberra didn't survive the match unscathed either with lock Joe Tapine going off with syndesmosis and will have further scans on Monday.

Parramatta hadn't won in the capital since 2006 and were their own worst enemies in the first half, completing just eight sets, missing 27 tackles and making nine errors.

The Raiders had all possession and territory in the opening 40 minutes but only scored one try through Josh Papalii, while Jarrod Croker added a penalty for an 8-0 lead at the break.

The home side clicked into gear in the second half with English internationals Josh Hodgson and Elliott Whitehead combining, the latter scoring from a grubber on 49 minutes.

Raiders down the Eels at GIO Stadium

Raiders fullback turned five-eighth Jack Wighton then flew high to collect a Sam Williams bomb to bag their third try in the 61st minute.

Williams sealed the result with a field goal four minutes from time and will likely keep Aidan Sezer out of the starting side for another week.

It was the first time the Raiders had kept a team scoreless in Canberra since they did it to the Eels six years ago.

They'll host Brisbane next Sunday.

The Raiders enjoyed a 4-1 season start in 2005 but clopped from there to finish second last on the ladder that season.

-with aap

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