Bird hurt in Sharks loss to Raiders Canberra have kept their finals heartbeat ticking at least another week after knocking off reigning premiers Cronulla 30 12 at Southern Cross Group Stadium.
It was the Raiders of 2016 on Saturday night, dominating the Sharks through the middle as they overcame the second half sin binning of Josh Papalii to stay within sight of the top eight. Cronulla had an opportunity to crank up the pressure further when Papalii was binned for a professional foul on long time nemesis Paul Gallen six minutes later. But the comeback was shortlived as the Sharks were penalised four times while holding a one man advantage, with three of them resulting in the Raiders killing time with penalty goals. By the time Papalii returned, coach backpack outlet the lead ballooned to 18 points to dent the Sharks' top four hopes. "That's the captaincy. Take the kicks for goal and the way we managed the game (in that period) was the ability of our leader," Raiders coach Ricky Stuart said. The win lifts the Raiders to within two points of eighth placed St George Illawarra and ninth placed Penrith, who meet Wests Tigers on Sunday. Cronulla appeared set for a cruisy night in front of a 11,639 crowd when they raced to an 8 0 lead on a Sosaia Feki try and Valentine Holmes penalty goal in the opening ten minutes. But from there it coach shoes on sale was all Raiders, who ran in 24 points in as many minutes. Papalii started the rot when he powered over from close range in the 15th minute, and in the blink of an eye the Raiders had the lead on Jordan Rapana's try off a Feki fumble. Rapana then made it back to back tries courtesy of Joey Leilua's bullet pass from dummy half to move within one of NRL leading tryscorer Alex Johnston. Raiders forward Elliott Whitehead produced the backbreaker when his offload allowed Josh Hodgson to dummy coach outlet sale 95555 over on the stroke of halftime, giving the visitors a 16 point lead. Sharks coach Shane Flanagan was upset with the way his team conceded the tries in the first half, where he said all the damage was done in the defeat. "It was just a frustrating game. We come up with some uncharacteristic decisions on three tries we should've handled. We knew they were coming," he said. "The lady down the corner shop would've known BJ Leilua coach outlet usa 2015 was going to come out and pass to Rapana on that side there. "And so did the other try to Josh Papalii. We knew they were all coming, we just didn't handle them.
That was the disappointing thing for me, and the kick try. It was all over after that.".
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