Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Desperate Canberra Clings on to Semi-Final Hopes

Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Desperate Canberra Clings on to Semi-Final Hopes

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CANBERRA kept itself in the NRL semi-final race and looked to have quashed any hopes Penrith had at a minor premiership tilt with a come-from-behind 30-26 win last night.

The Raiders scored five tries to the Panthers' four at Canberra Stadium, leaving the visitors scoreless in the second half.

Marshalled brilliantly by five-eighth Terry Campese in the final 40 minutes, the Raiders took charge to lay on three unanswered tries.

They now move to 11th spot (22 points) and are four points adrift of the top eight with four games remaining.

The Panthers' loss keeps them in second (28 points), four points adrift of St George Illawarra who also enjoy a far superior for and against.

But the Panthers will be more concerned with their leaky defence than where they finish in the regular season after blowing a great start.

The sides went try for try early with the scores locked at 12-12 after 24 minutes.

Canberra centre Joel Monaghan and returning fullback Josh Dugan notched up early four-pointers with Penrith hooker Kevin Kingston and second rower Frank Pritchard replying in kind. …

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