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Bunnies have no answer against Raiders

By Peter Veness 20/05/2008 06:19:42 AM Comments (0)

A rampaging Canberra rolled a frozen Souths 38-10 in the nation's capital to stay in touch with the NRL top eight.

The Raiders forwards laid a solid foundation in the opening 20 minutes to provide the halves pairing of Todd Carney and Terry Campese with plenty of room to break Souths' brittle defence.

After the match Raiders chief executive officer Don Furner said he was concerned by two first half "chicken wing" tackles.

Souths prop Roy Asotasi was involved in both, the first on Glen Turner and the second on Dane Tilse.

"I thought it was pretty clear," Furner said.

"I'm sure (coach) Neil (Henry) will look at it."

The allegations added spice to a game that dealt Souths another blow as they struggled to leave the ladder cellar.

Coach Jason Taylor was far from angry, saying the side's preparation had been strong but they had been beaten by not having enough ball.

"We found it hard to get it down our end," Taylor said.

"It was just weight of possession. In the end the score board ticked over. It won't get any easier in this competition."

Skipper Asotasi offered a more brutal observation.

"It seems like we come out there and just don't want to win. Canberra came out there and wanted to win this game."

For the Raiders the two points were much needed heading into a bye.

Henry, back home from Queensland Origin camp, praised his side which had nine first graders out through injury including hooker Lincoln Withers who was last weekend ruled out for the season with an anterior cruciate ligament injury.

"The depth is still there," Henry said.

"We started on the right foot (with our forwards)."

Workhorse captain Alan Tongue, who came off with ten minutes to go after having his head driven into the turf by Souths five-eighth Dean Widders, was delighted with the team effort.

"We started well (and) put a lot of pressure on them early," he said.

For the Raiders the spoils were shared with Joel Monaghan scoring two tries and the rest going to a mixture of forwards and backs.

Monaghan claimed the first four pointer inside the first minute of the game and the Raiders never gave up the lead with forwards Turner and Neville Costigan helping themselves to tries to give Canberra a 24-4 lead at halftime.

Taylor's half-time spray failed to ignite the Rabbitohs lacklustre defence and unimaginative attack and things don't get any easier this weekend with a match against defending premiers Melbourne Storm.

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