21st September 2020, 18:06 | englandrl
Canberra Raiders and their English quarter continued their fine form heading into the final game of the regular season with a 26-14 victory over New Zealand Warriors.
Elliott Whitehead was pivotal for the Raiders running for over 100 metres as well as providing a beautiful try-assist after moving into the half-back position following a head injury to fellow Englishman George Williams.
Speaking to Canberra Raiders social media channels, Whitehead said: “I played there back in 2016 after I think Aidan Sezer broke his wrist and I had to fill in there for a bit.
“I got the call today because George [Williams] got a head knock but hopefully he’ll be alright, and he’ll be back next week.
“We speak about just putting ourself where we need to be for the team, and I feel like a lot of the players did that today and a lot played in different positions.
“But we have a lot to fix up and I don’t think that was good enough leading into the finals. We’ve got one more game before the finals so hopefully we can fix it up fast.”
Ryan Sutton was impressive in the win against the Warriors clocking 40 tackles; more than any other player on the field. Back-rower John Bateman wasn’t far behind with 36.
The Raiders will finish the regular season against 8th place – and fellow finals contenders – Cronulla Sharks on Saturday 26 September at 8:30am.
Canberra could climb to 4th should Parramatta lose while 3rd remains mathematically possible but would need a 162-point swing between themselves and the Roosters. Sitting three points above 6th place Newcastle Knights means the Raiders are guaranteed a top five finish.
Luke Thompson returned to the Canterbury Bulldogs side this weekend making 132 metres from 13 carries across two stints in their 16-26 victory over South Sydney Rabbitohs; the victory moved the Bulldogs off the basement of the NRL ladder.
Thomas Burgess featured for 50 minutes for the Rabbitohs who fell to 7th following the defeat.
Herbie Farnworth’s Brisbane Broncos slipped to the bottom of the NRL ladder after a 26-12 defeat against Parramatta Eels. Farnworth crossed for his sixth try of the season but couldn’t inspire his side to a much-needed victory.
Both Thompson and Farnworth will be hoping their sides avoid the Wooden Spoon with the Broncos facing a huge Queensland derby against North Queensland Cowboys on the final weekend while the Bulldogs entertain table-toppers Penrith Panthers.