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Raiders repel Dogs

By Daniel Pace 30/08/2003 06:25:26 AM Comments (0)

Two-try hero Mark McLinden rated Canberra's 21-16 victory over the Bulldogs at Sydney Showground as his side's best this year.

The Raiders led 20-4 in the final minutes and repelled a late 'Dogs fightback with courageous defence to emerge triumphant and guarantee a top four finish on the National Rugby League table when the regular season ends next week.

They have now moved to second spot on 36 points, equal with competition leaders Sydney Roosters and Penrith.

"Like the Doggies have, we've beaten teams by 50 and 40 points," said McLinden.

"But when you come up against a top team like that and hang in like we did, that you get true satisfaction from a win like that.

"I'd have to say that was our best win of the year."

It was even more impressive considering the absence of playmaker Brad Drew and the late withdrawal of bullocking prop Luke Davico.

The Bulldogs, coming off a bye, had racked up 298 points against their last six opponents going into tonight's bruising encounter.

"It's one of those ones as a coach where you feel very humble because it has very, very little to do with me tonight," said Raiders coach Matthew Elliott.

"Tonight was about what they were prepared to do for each against a team that's been racking up 40 points a game."

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