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Raiders hand out 74-12 hiding to Penrith

By Peter Veness 10/08/2008 06:26:16 PM Comments (0)

Dynamo Canberra five-eighth Terry Campese fell two points shy of equalling a record set by club great Mal Meninga in the Raiders' 74-12 demolition of Penrith, and his captain is taking the blame.

Campese had scored four tries and ten goals when forward Tom Learoyd-Lahrs fell over, close to the posts, for the final try of the day in the 80th minute.

He had amassed 36 points and Meninga's club record of 38 in a game seemed easily in reach.

But, like a game of school footy, the scoring had to be shared.

"I was the one who suggested, 'give Herbie a kick'," skipper Alan Tongue said, referring to young halfback Marc Herbert who took the final conversion.

"I feel very, very bad about it, I had no idea and Campo gave me the evil eyes when he walked into the dressing shed," Tongue said with a broad smile.

It was the only thing the skipper had to worry about.

Penrith were abysmal and coach Matt Elliott had little to say: "We got our pants pulled down, our bums spanked.

"There's not a real lot to say, there's a lot to feel about it."

The loss was another nail in the coffin of their finals hopes and skipper Petero Civoniceva was bitterly unhappy: "We all played a part in it. Attitude, that's probably a big part of it."

Penrith's last four opponents include Melbourne and New Zealand while Canberra, sitting in the top eight, have a much easier run to September including away games against Souths and North Queensland.

For coach Raiders Neil Henry, the 12 on the scoreboard was more impressive than the 74.

"We talked about having a defensive focus at half-time," Henry said.

"If we have got 17 men out there that are willing to work hard for each other and they're focused on what they need to do then you can get a result and certainly things clicked today."

The only negative for Canberra was a medial ligament injury to hooker Glen Buttriss which means Henry will need to again reshuffle a side already missing three players out for the season with injuries along with the sacking of Todd Carney.

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