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11th June 2019, 10:05 | englandrl

England Watch | NRL

England Watch | NRL

John Bateman made it two tries in as many week since his return to action as Canberra Raiders stormed to a 0-28 victory over Wests Tigers to move back into the top four of the NRL.                                                                  

Bateman crossed just before half-time to give the Raiders a commanding lead at the interval. The back-rower also made 124 metres from just 13 carries, with 32 of these coming post-contact. Bateman also made 34 tackles in yet another impressive display for Canberra.

And he also continues to impress off the field as well as he took time out to having a kicking competition with a Wests Tigers ball boy after the game before giving the youngster his boots. 

Ryan Sutton’s stock in the NRL continues to rise after a performance which saw him top the Raiders tackle charts with 47 defensive efforts and finishing with a huge 95.8% tackle efficiency. Sutton was also tied in 3rd place for metres made for Canberra clocking 163.

Elliot Whitehead was also strong averaging just under ten metres per carry and making 35 tackles. 

It was a busy game for Sam Burgess against Newcastle Knights on Friday as he spent ten minutes in the sin-bin – alongside brother Tom – before scoring inside the final ten minutes. Sam Burgess was just too strong for the Knights defence but unfortunately couldn’t inspire a comeback in the closing stages.

Tom Burgess was also impressive making 144 metres – the second highest of any Rabbitoh – from his 17 carries. George Burgess averaged over 11 metres per carry. Sam and Tom were sent to the sin-bin for their roles in an altercation with Daniel Saifiti and Lachlan Fitzgibbon. 

Ryan Hall was back in action for Sydney Roosters on Sunday morning and – despite falling to a 19-10 defeat against Penrith – was solid out wide for the visitors. Hall brought the ball forward for 131 metres. 

Canberra will be looking to make it three wins on the bounce as they host Cronulla Sharks on Thursday. The Burgess brothers will welcome Penrith Panthers as they look to return to winning ways while Ryan Hall’s Sydney Roosters face Canterbury Bankstown-Bulldogs. 

James Graham and Gareth Widdop remain sidelined for St George Illawarra Dragons.