Raiders’ Carrington Park woes continue in disappointing defeat

IF LOOKS COULD KILL: Canberra skipper Jarrod Croker, a clearly disappointed man after his side was beaten in the dying stages at Bathurst's Carrington Park for the second year in a row. Photo: GETTY IMAGES
IF LOOKS COULD KILL: Canberra skipper Jarrod Croker, a clearly disappointed man after his side was beaten in the dying stages at Bathurst's Carrington Park for the second year in a row. Photo: GETTY IMAGES

Despite Carrington Park being basically a second home for Orange-born Canberra fullback Jack Wighton, he and his Raiders side haven’t enjoyed any luck at the Bathurst ground in the last two years.

Saturday’s clash was the second time the Raiders have met Penrith at the ground, and also the second time the Panthers have stolen a win from Canberra in the dying stages.

On Saturday it was a Tyrone Peachey try in the final set of the game, which gave the Panthers a 24-20 victory.

In 2016 it was a 79th minute field goal – albeit an extremely controversial one – that sealed a 19-18 win for the Panthers.

Last weekend’s loss was also the latest in a string of close defeats the Raiders have suffered this year, which leave severe question marks over the now 10th-placed side’s finals chances.

They've lost three games in golden point and two in the dying seconds of regulation time - if just a couple of those had been wins then they'd be sitting far prettier.

Not that lack of effort is a factor. 

"We'll bounce back. There's no lack of effort, there never is. All year the effort's been there, we've just got to be better,” Canberra coach Ricky Stuart said.

"I don't think either side gave in to the end (on Saturday), it's just they came back with some good football and got us," he said.

"It was there to be won. Four minutes to go and nearly 10 points up, it was there to be won ... we had the opportunity to win it and we didn't.”

Incredibly, on Saturday the Raiders beat the Panthers in almost every statistic - completions, possession, line breaks, offloads, penalties, errors - except the one that mattered

The scoreline.

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