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Logan the hero as Raiders upset Warriors

By Peter Veness 18/08/2007 11:08:48 PM Comments (0)

Canberra Raiders prop Scott Logan will take tries whenever he can get them, but few will matter as much as his 76th minute match-winner against the New Zealand Warriors.

The barnstorming prop stole the two points in a 26-24 win for the Raiders, which kept their slim chances of an NRL finals berth alive against a Warriors side that looked likely to secure a home final with seven minutes to go.

"I'll take them whenever I can get them," Logan told AAP.

"We had a lot of possession in that back end there and it was just a matter of keeping the applied pressure on them."

That's exactly what the Raiders did.

When halfback Todd Carney scored deep in the second half it looked like little more than a consolation for the struggling Raiders.

But with the score 24-20 the home crowd swung in behind Canberra and a fired up Logan broke through the Warriors' defence to score adjacent to the posts.

Carney deftly tapped over the winning conversion.

Raiders coach Neil Henry said his side still had a slight chance of slipping into the eight in a fortnight's time.

"We're sitting down there with a faint glimmer of hope of maybe making the eight," Henry said.

"I didn't think it was going to come again but thankfully we took the right option under the post and Loges got over for that try."

Canberra skipper Alan Tongue said the side had to take the game into their own hands in those final minutes.

"We knew we had to dominate possession and we knew we'd get at (them) the back end of the half," he said.

"We just hung in and hung in and never gave up and it paid off in the end."

For Warriors skipper Steve Price, the night was neatly encapsulated in one of the first passes of the game.

"I think our start was pretty indicative," Price said. "We nearly threw an intercept and we haven't done that all year.

"Off that scrum we go out on the first tackle, straight away we're under the pump."

New Zealand coach Ivan Cleary was philosophical about the loss, only the Warriors' second in 10 matches.

"I don't think it's going to stop momentum too much," he said.

"We didn't play good enough tonight (but), in saying that, these sort of games you've still got to try and get over the line."

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