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Challenge saves grand final villain more pain

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The captain’s problem saved referee Ben Cummins from one other controversial end involving the Canberra Raiders, who’ve held on to defeat North Queensland 14-12 in Townsville.

Officiating his first Raiders match for the reason that contentious six-again ruling in final 12 months’s grand final, Cummins blew a penalty for offside with the Raiders clinging to a two-point lead.

Cummins dominated Canberra prop Dunamis Lui was offside when he dived on a unfastened ball after a kick, which might have given the Cowboys a shot at purpose from 10 metres out and simply off centre to stage the scores.

Instead the Raiders challenged the decision, which was overturned by the bunker, and Canberra was capable of grasp on for the victory.

The problem averted a doubtlessly uncomfortable journey again house, with Cummins sharing a airplane with the Raiders gamers.

Canberra gamers have a good time a strive towards North Queensland. (Getty)

“It would have been very awkward if we misplaced that recreation and he’d be caught on the airplane with us,” Raiders fullback Jordan Rapana joked on Fox Sports.

Canberra coach Ricky Stuart admits his aspect was lucky to flee with the 2 factors, their eighth victory of the season.

“I believed we had been very unfastened in a variety of our footy, we had been very fortunate to win,” Stuart stated.

“I do not suppose we deserved to win, however we discovered a strategy to win and that was the necessary factor.

“It’s good to not have a loss to jolt you again into gear.

“It’s a tough road-trip up right here, a variety of the video games we have watched this week with the Cowboys, the opposition groups have not began effectively. That was an enormous a part of our plan this week, to start out effectively, and I feel we needed to defend three units of six immediately.

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