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NRL Preliminary Finals 2019 LIVE: Canberra are in the grand final

Souths kick it ahead, hope for a bit of luck but it’s a green jersey on the ball. And for the first time in 25 years, the Raiders are in the grand final, where they will play either Melbourne or the Roosters. What a result for Ricky Stuart and his men… Josh Papalii the hero as the Hulk of Canberra bulldozes Souths into submission. Souths had the Raiders with just 10 men for the final 10 minutes but weren’t able to execute and looked far too conservative with the ball. Raiders win 16-10 and we have our Cinderella story for the decider.

through Graham but it matters not. Just 50 seconds on the clock and they might get one tackle in from the restart. Reynolds misses the kick and they trail 16-10. So all they need to do is get a converted try from the restart. 

to go 90m. Twice.

but they stuff it up right away. Walker passes it into the back of his own player and now Croker breaks clear! It’s madness here in Canberra! 

The Raiders are going to the grand final you would think! Out of absolutely nothing and that was so easy. Runs right over the top of a tired Damien Cook and that will do it. He has been immense tonight and immense for most of the season. This will be some win for Canberra. It’s 16-6, they are down a man, and they are the ones that surge clear.

Seven minutes to go and Doueihi, who has been great, makes the error in the play-the-ball and that is a GIFT for a 12-man Canberra team. They now get the chance to score a try while they are a man down and every second they have the ball is worth a pot of gold.

Just over 10 minutes left and the Raiders are going to have to do it down a man. Two weeks in a row Souths get the opposition short for the final moments of the game. On the attack now… can they finally crack this defence?

Looks like a shoulder, he’s in a bit of trouble here, down on the haunches after the tackle. He’s going to try and play through here with just one interchange left for Canberra. He is going to tough this out, a calf injury also for Leilua. Raiders lead 10-6… intercepted by Reynolds and he’s away! Run down… but Nikoll-Klokstad goes to the bin! 

Souths just cannot get over the line. Unbelievable defence. This time they run it on the last and Corey Allan is pulled down short of the line. Bravery all over the park here from the Raiders as they get a fresh set from a Souths touch on their 30m line. If they win tonight, they have earned it with their defence. Amazing.

This has been huge from Canberra as the Rabbitohs reset… drop out number seven and they go short, Souths regather and Gagai starts the set for the visitors. 

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