SYDNEY (AP) — Canberra continued its late drive toward the National Rugby League playoffs with a 30-12 win over defending champion Cronulla in the weekend's 22nd round.
The Raiders' third win in four games lifted them within two points of the top-eight playoffs zone and sent a message to rivals that they are nearing the form that carried them to last season's preliminary final.
The first half included Canberra's best 30 minutes of the season. Cronulla led 8-0 after 10 minutes but Canberra rallied to lead 24-8 at halftime and was able to hold on when Josh Papali'i was sin-binned in the second half.
Papali'i scored Canberra's first try, Jordan Rapana had a double before halftime and Josh Hodgson dummied his way through the defense just before the break to give Cronulla a commanding lead.