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Raiders blow away second-string Dogs

By Adrian Proszenko 20/02/2005 06:01:38 AM Comments (0)

A second-half Raiders try blitz overwhelmed an understrength Bulldogs side in their NRL trial match at Gosford Stadium.

The Raiders sparked into action after the break, converting a 4-0 half-time lead into a 30-4 blowout in wet and windy conditions.

Canberra coach Matt Elliott was satisfied with the performance of his team, which was missing Clinton Schifcofske, Jason Smith and Lincoln Withers.

"As our first hit-out it was satisfying," Elliott said.

"Obviously the Bulldogs were not at full strength, but there were plenty of indications that the combinations we want to use this year are working.

"I was pleased with the side physically and our defence on the try-line was a highlight.

"I was over the moon with the performance of the new guys."

The Bulldogs, fielding only a handful of realistic first-grade hopefuls, did well to restrict a Raiders side featuring many of its big names.

Bulldogs props Chris Armit, Ben Czislowski and Nate Myles, all vying for a spot on the Bulldogs first-grade bench, performed strongly.

The Raiders also fielded several new faces - centre combination Jermaine Ale and Craig Frawley, former Australian player Matt Adamson and tryscorer Bronx Goodwin.

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