Roosters put sorry Raiders to sword in NRL

2021-09-02 17:49:55

Canberra’s sorry NRL season is all however over after the Sydney Roosters successfully killed off their NRL finals hopes and saved their very own top-four possibilities alive with a 40-16 win in Mackay.

In a consequence that had severe implications for six groups, Roosters centre Adam Keighran bagged a hat-trick of tries and James Tedesco and Drew Hutchison additionally starred on Thursday evening.

The Raiders’ loss means Gold Coast can nonetheless make the finals in eighth spot if Cronulla fall to Melbourne on Friday and the Titans beat the Warriors on Sunday, in any other case the Sharks will end eighth.

After such excessive hopes at the beginning of the season, Canberra would wish one thing miraculous – Cronulla to be flogged by a near-record margin of 74 factors or extra by the Storm plus the Titans to lose to the Warriors – in the event that they have been nonetheless to scrape into eighth spot.

In the meantime the injury-ravaged Roosters at the moment are provisionally in fourth, that means Manly have to beat North Queensland on Saturday evening if they’re to overhaul them and earn a second likelihood within the finals.

Canberra appeared up for Thursday evening’s contest when Elliott Whitehead and Josh Papalii crashed over early, earlier than all of it fell aside for the Raiders from 12-6 up.

That they had little luck within the first half, with Charne-Nicoll Klokstad penalised for contacting Matt Ikuvalu’s head as he scored one try to Roosters half Lachlan Lam dropping the ball within the lead as much as one other.

Besides the Raiders solely had themselves in charge in a becoming finish to a disappointing season.

They missed 39 tackles and accomplished at simply 59 per cent, whereas Semi Valemei had a shocker on the left wing after being a late name up for Sebastian Kris.

Valemei dropped a Hutchison kick into the arms of Keighran for his first strive, giving the Roosters a lead they by no means appeared like relinquishing.

James Tedesco injected himself after the break, having already arrange the Roosters’ first strive of the evening by means of Ikuvalu.

The fullback busted by means of the center earlier than Keighran scored from the following play.

Keighran then had his third strive after he put Tedesco right into a gap and backed as much as take an ideal return go earlier than crashed into an upright and placing the ball down, briefly injuring himself within the course of.

Angus Crichton, Ben Marschke and Lachlan Lam additionally bagged tries for the Roosters, whereas Hutchison had his greatest evening within the No.6 jersey and Siosiua Taukeiaho was immense up entrance.

Canberra’s demise comes regardless of them coming into the season as one of many favourites for the title, earlier than a string of dramas coincided with simply two wins in 11 video games between April and early July.

Halfback George Williams was launched again to England in an unpleasant break up, whereas rumours surrounded Josh Hodgson’s future and Curtis Scott was sacked by the membership for an off-field incident.

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