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Blake Austin helped Canberra level probably the most outstanding comeback of the NRL season to stay its faint finals hopes alive with a 32-28 victory over Canterbury.
Already six issues out of the finals, the Raiders’ season gave the impression over after they trailed 28-14 with six mins to play earlier than they scored 3 past due tries at Belmore Oval on Saturday night time.
Dropped again to the bench this week, Austin got here onto the sphere with 14 mins to play and kickstarted the comeback within the 75th minute when he stepped thru from as regards to the road to attain.
Joseph Tapine then went over with two mins to play, earlier than Austin broke downfield within the ultimate set making an allowance for centre Joseph Leilua to pass.
Leilua previous gave the impression as though he was once going to be the villain, after a knock-on as regards to the road, with ratings locked at 14-14 and 25 mins to play, swung the sport in favour of the Bulldogs.
He was once then penalised for backchat following the mistake and the Bulldogs scored to take the lead thru ahead Rhyse Martin at the following set.
Adam Elliott of the Bulldogs is tackled by way of Raiders pair Aiden Sezer (L) and Joey Leilua. (AAP: Dan Himbrechts)
Martin scored some other moments later to finish a second-half hat trick, completing the sport with 24 issues because the hosts fell desperately quick in their first back-to-back wins of the season.
The win got here at a value for Canberra even though, who misplaced Shannon Boyd (leg) and Brad Abbey (concussion) to accidents, whilst Tapine faces a minimal two-match ban if he’s charged for a perilous throw on Michael Lichaa.
Centre Jarrod Croker had seemed to produce a lone captain’s knock earlier than Austin’s past due heroics, scoring as soon as within the first half of and putting in place two different tries.
After Canberra trailed 6-Zero and had simply 39 according to cent of the ball within the opening 20 mins, Croker were given the Raiders at the board when he broke down the left edge and put Sam Williams over.
Croker did it himself when he scored their moment off a Aidan Sezer cut-out ball, earlier than his effort to position Cotric over within the 55th minute drew the Raiders stage, however the recreation seemed misplaced earlier than Austin made his mark.