The Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs Holden Cup side have today had a 26-all draw with the Canberra Raiders in Goulburn.


The match was played in tough conditions with rain falling throughout the trial and the wind swirling around the venue.


The early exchanges of this match were controlled beautifully by the Bulldogs with two tries in the opening 10 minutes. The first came in just the fifth minute through winger Dylan Rintoul. The four pointer came off the back of a repeat set after a good kick forced the Raiders to take it dead in-goal. A sweeping move to the left put Rintoul over in the north-west corner. The conversion was unsuccessful from centre Ryan Wilson with the score remaining at 4-nil.


The second try went to lock forward Jack Creighton who received a great tip-on from Lloyd Perrett. Creighton went in just to the left of the uprights and fullback Patrick Templeman converted to extend the lead to 10-nil after 11 minutes.


Just four minutes later it was Pio Secis turn on the right wing. Again a well-orchestrated set play saw the winger go over in the north-east corner. Templeman successfully converted from the sideline to make the score 16-nil.


The Raiders got themselves back into the match over the next 20 minute period and earned two tries of their own. One of those was converted and the green machine were able to close the gap to 16-10 after 34 minutes of play.


On the stroke of half-time Rintoul was able to cross for his second try of the afternoon. An error just 10m out from the Raiders on-line created the opportunity and the red-headed winger took great pleasure in swooping on the loose ball and crossing the white line. Templeman couldnt convert with the young Bulldogs heading to the sheds leading 20-10.


The opening 10 minutes of the second half was played from end to end but in the 51st minute the Raiders were able to cross for their third try. The try was converted with the score now 20-16.


The Raiders fourth try came just moments later off the back of a Bulldogs mistake. Scores were level at 20-all after 56 minutes.


The deadlock was broken in the 65th minute when a swirling bomb was put up by the Raiders. In blustery conditions the Bulldogs couldnt contain it and Raiders went in under the posts. The Raiders converted with the score now 26-20.


With three minutes remaining the young pups were able to put themselves back in it through a try to Doug Hewitt. Off the back of some good attack Hewitt slipped through and scored under the uprights. Halfback Jaline Graham converted to level the scores at 26-all.


The final three minutes was played in the centre of the park with no side really having any further chances with the scores locked as the final siren sounded.


BULLDOGS 26 (Rintoul 2, Creighton, Seci, Hewitt Tries; Templeman 1, Graham 1 Goal)


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RAIDERS 26