Raiders keep their home winning streak going

DAVID BARBELER
Last updated 21:52 20/07/2013
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WINNING FEELING: Canberra Raiders players celebrate after Jarrod Croker scores a try.

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Canberra have won their 12th straight home game with a 14-0 victory over Parramatta in treacherous weather conditions.

Hail, sleet and rain saturated Canberra Stadium before kick-off, ensuring a dour contest and a high number of errors. 

And while the temperature dipped to a chilly four degrees, the Eels' performance was even colder, dooming them to their eighth consecutive loss.

Raiders captain Terry Campese was outstanding for the home side, calmly directing play in the wet to set up the first two tries.

Prop David Shillington was another standout for Canberra, his error-free man-of-the-match performance yielding a valuable 176 metres in attack. 

It didn't take long for the slippery conditions to take effect, Eels winger Brayden Wiliame spilling a Campese bomb a metre off his tryline in the sixth minute to gift centre Jarrod Croker a converted try.

The night got worse for Wiliame when the video referee ruled he failed to place down a Luke Kelly chip kick in the 26th minute. Adding injury to insult, Wiliame was then caught off his wing minutes later when Campese threw a cut out pass to Sami Sauiluma to extend the Raiders' lead to 12-0 going into the break.

The Eels came agonisingly close to hitting back with a try in the 68th minute, Croker pulling off a superb low tackle to drag Eels centre Ryan Morgan into touch.

Eels interchange Joseph Paulo was then sin-binned with seven minutes to go after his early tackle on Shaun Fensom prevented a certain try, Croker nailing the resulting penalty to give the Raiders an unassailable 14-0 lead.

Young Raiders fullback Anthony Milford was classy at the back, his handling skills tested by Eels halfback Kelly's kicking game on countless occasions.

The win puts the Raiders one step closer to the club's home winning streak record of 17, which was posted between 1993 and 1995.

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