Manly stun Raiders in golden point NRL win

Manly’s Dylan Walker has sealed a dramatic golden-point victory over Canberra in a classic NRL clash at GIO Stadium.

A penalty goal secured a 20-18 win for the Sea Eagles in front of a crowd of 15,976 on Friday night.

When Jordan Rapana scored a contender for try of the season, the Raiders led 18-14 inside the last 10 minutes of regulation time.

With the ball over the dead ball line in the air, from a Blake Austin grubber kick, Rapana dived, retrieved the ball from a near-impossible position and grounded in the corner.

But Jarrod Croker hit the upright and missed the conversion, opening the door for Manly.

Minutes later, Manly forward Frank Winterstein burst through a hole in defence before setting up fullback Tom Trbojevic for the try that levelled the scores.

In yet another twist, Walker missed the conversion and a Daly Cherry-Evans field goal attempt was charged down by Josh Hodgson ensuring the game would go to golden point.

In the first half of extra time, Manly won a penalty 40 metres from goal and Walker manged to convert, with the aid of the right-hand upright to make him the hero.

After a cagey first half in which Canberra led 6-2, Josh Papalii broke through the tackles of Cherry-Evans and Walker to drive over the line for a brilliant try.

Croker converted to extend the lead to 10 points but in a sign of things to come, the Sea Eagles refused to be beaten.

A slice of luck allowed Jake Trbojevic to cross for Manly’s first try of the night and two minutes later Walker sliced through the Raiders line with a superb run to level the scores, before putting his side in front with a sideline conversion.

In a rollercoaster night for the Sea Eagles centre he was placed on report in the first half for a head slam on Aidan Sezer, which sparked tempers on both sides.

The win elevated Manly in to the top eight and left both sides with 4-4 records after eight rounds. The Raiders are fifth.

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