The Raiders continued their charge into the top eight with a dominating performance in their fight against the Sea Eagles leading 34-6.
Wighton’s ball pass to find Jordan Rapana opened the scoring, before young pitcher Xavier Savage swept away for Canberra’s second.
Moments later, Hudson Young cleaned up the scraps for his team’s third before Tom Starling and Jamal Fogarty scored four of their own.
Young crossed for his second early in the final 40 minutes before the Sea Eagles scored their first through Ethan Bullemor.
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Hudson Young scored his second of the afternoon, blasting his way over the try line from the dummy half.
Young hung over the try line before he could put the ball on the ground.
“It looked like slow motion, a lot of indecision there… there are three players around him, they should have made the tackle,” Roach said.
Moments later, the Sea Eagles scored their first of the afternoon with Brad Parker showing off his offloading skills.
Parker kicked the ball back, finding Ethan Bullemor who went down for a four-run single.
The Raiders go wild with their fourth try in the first half, with Tom Starling crossing for a four-pointer.
Canberra’s left edge took another break, before Rapana’s deft ball inside found Sebastian Kris who drew in his man to find Starling.
“They kill them on the left side, try number four for Canberra,” Smith said.
In the very next set of six, Jamal Fogarty crossed after a nightmarish error from Kieran Foran.
The ball touched the veteran playmaker’s arm before bouncing straight into Fogarty’s arms to cross.
The Raiders scored their second of the day with a break from 90 yards, youngster Xavier Savage completing an impressive move.
Edge forward Hudson Young picked up a loose Cherry-Evans grubber, finding Wighton tossing the ball to Savage to take a 10-point lead.
“They go the full length of the field, Xavier Savage said I was taking care of that one,” Smith said.
Minutes later, Hudson Young crossed for his own try, cleaning up the remains after a bomb from Jamal Fogarty.
“On the live ladder, they’re back in the top eight,” Smith said.
The Raiders opened the scoring, courtesy of a “nice” pass from superstar point guard Jack Wighton.
The Origin pistol fired a ball to the face from his left side to find Jordan Rapana flying on the ball to score and take an early lead.
“It was a nice pass,” Warren Smith said.
“Gee, he was a pearler, he’s a one-pass pearler, you’d expect that from a lot of players now,” Steve Roach said.
The Canberra Raiders host the Manly Sea Eagles in a crucial clash at GIO Stadium.
The Raiders lost Nick Cotric with Albert Hopoate on the wing.
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The Sea Eagles are without Andrew Davey, with Ethan Bullemor in the back row.
Morgan Harper was ruled out with a shoulder injury and Des Hasler made some big changes to his attacking pack.
The ninth-placed Raiders must win to keep the pressure on the Broncos for the final top-eight spot, while Manly plays for pride after six straight losses.
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