Live updates: NRL - NZ Warriors v Canberra Raiders from Canberra

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Warriors 34                 Raiders 31


Eight seconds left, and the Warriors close it out!

79 mins

Can the Warriors close it out? The Raiders win the ball after a short kickoff, they'll have one set to win it. 

Rapana dives for the corner to score on the fourth, but has he got it down?! We'll check upstairs. 

RTS has forced the knock on! No try the call!

78 mins - TRY WARRIORS

The Raiders turn the ball over on the last tackle, right on the 10m line. Can the Warriors go all the way to score the winner?

Tuivasa-Sheck and Afoa do well to surge upfield. Set restart called too. The Warriors run, and Pompey scores!

What a comeback! Kick to come, and Nikorima's got it! (WAR 34 CAN 31)

76 mins

The Raiders win the dropout, but it's spilled into touch by Simonsson. The Raiders challenge the call though, they're saying Simonsson was tackled in the air by RTS. This would be very harsh to go against the Warriors' skipper.

But it has. Penalty against the Warriors.

75 mins

The Raiders are exhausted, playing with 14 for so long is catching up with them. They come up with a HUGE play though to drag Fusitu'a back into the in-goal to earn a dropout.

74 mins

Williams kicks deep into Warriors territory, and RTS claims it. The Warriors will have to go from deep to score here.

Nikorima nearly slips through, and offloads to Pompey, but he's spilled it? Or has he, we'll have a captain's challenge. Possible strip from Simonnsen, but the call stands.

70 mins - TRY WARRIORS

Fonua-Blake runs on the second and the Warriors are just short of the line. Harris does the same but the Raiders hold. Fonua-Blake has another go, before Harris has his second crack of the set. 

He offloads to RTS and he beats the Raiders' defence to score! 

Nikorima's kick is good - the comeback is on here! (WAR 28 CAN 31)

69 mins

Harris runs the ball into the Raiders' half. O'Sullivan kicks to the in-goal on the last. Wighton is there to tidy up, but he's tackled in goal by Nikorima and Egan. Dropout for the Warriors.

65 mins

The Warriors venture into the Raiders' half. RTS tries to step through, before he's tackled. Fusitu'a runs down the wing, but the Warriors lose the ball on the last, after a mix-up between Murchie and Egan.

61 mins - TRY WARRIORS

Have the Warriors scored that? Nikorima runs on the last inside the Raiders' half, and gets an offload away to Murdoch-Masila, who runs away to score, but that has to have been forward?

The referee's awarded it, and won't even check with the bunker?

Nikorima converts. (WAR 22 CAN 31)

57 mins

Set restart for the Warriors inside the Raiders' half. Nikorima hits Harris with a cutout pass, but he knocks it on. 

The Raiders are starting to tire with just 14 men, but is their lead too big for the Warriors to claw back?

55 mins

The Warriors break again as O'Sullivan and Pompey combine. Murchie runs on the right edge, before Nikorima goes to the air on the last. The ball hits the upright, and Croker wins the scramble for the loose ball.

53 mins - TRY WARRIORS

Murdoch-Masila splits the defence before getting a pass away to RTS! The Warriors skipper nearly steps and spins his way to the tryline, but is tackled just short. 

The Warriors get a set restart, before Sironen barges over from just in front!

Nikorima converts, and brings the gap to 15 points. (WAR 16 RAIDERS 31)

48 mins - TRY RAIDERS

What a try! The Raiders break down Rapana's wing out of nowhere after a smart offload from Croker. Rapana kicks back infield with the outside of his boot, and the ball sits up perfectly for Whitehead to beat RTS and score. 

Croker to kick from the left-hand side, and goes straight down the middle. (WAR 10 CAN 31)

47 mins

Harris runs the ball over halfway on the Warriors' fourth, before O'Sullivan goes to the air on the last. Simonsson does brilliantly to take it, but Nicoll-Klokstad is staying down hurt. It looks like a shoulder issue.

43 mins - TRY WARRIORS

There we go! Nikorima goes on a slaloming run across the field and splits the Raiders' defence to score.

Can he convert his own kick? He lines up the shot from the left touchline, but can't shape the ball back. (WAR 10 CAN 25)

41 mins

Hodgson kicks off to start the second half. 


Can the Raiders grab another before halftime? Rapana tries a chip and chase on the last, but RTS bats it into touch for a line dropout.

Soliola and Sutton both have a crack at the Warriors, but the defence holds. Williams tries a field goal with the last act of the first half, and he lands it as the siren goes.

(WAR 6 CAN 25)

37 mins

Kris has failed his concussion test, and won't take part in the rest of the match.

The Warriors go close to scoring through Murdoch-Masila on the fourth. Katoa tries to kick on the last but the ball dribbles dead in goal. 

32 mins - TRY RAIDERS

The kick-off goes out on the full. It's really going pear shaped for the Warriors here - even with the Raiders down to 14 men.

The Raiders restart from the 20. Papalii hits the line on the second, before Williams spills his way out of the tackle to score another!

Croker with the kick - his hardest of the day from the right touchline - but he's got this one too! (WAR 6 CAN 24)

30 mins - TRY RAIDERS

The Raiders get a set restart on the Warriors' line as Soliola goes over! It's all going wrong for the Warriors.

Croker's kick from in front is right down the middle. (WAR 6 CAN 18)

29 mins

Harris runs on the last, attempts to offload but Croker knocks on. Warriors scrum on the Raiders' 10m line.

Nikorima feeds, Ah Mau runs at the line on the first and gets inside the 10. Set resart called but Harris can't hang on to the ball!

Great chance for points wasted by the Warriors, before they cap it off by giving away a penalty.

26 mins

Penalty against the Warriors as Hiku and Tevaga dump Sutton in the tackle. 

They take the tap and run at the Warriors. Wighton runs but loses the ball in Nikorima's tackle, RTS accepts. Papalii is penalised for a shoulder charge on Hiku. Crazy passage of play.

23 mins - TRY RAIDERS

Hodgson kicks on the Raiders' last, and the ball teases RTS as it stays in, he has to take it into touch in goal to force a Warriors dropout.

Raiders win a set restart. The Raiders score as Sutton holds off Tuivasa-Sheck and Egan as he dives over to score.

Croker lines up the kick, looking to double the Raiders' lead, and he does. (WAR 6 CAN 12)

19 mins

Joe Tapine won't be coming back today, we're hearing. 

The Warriors attack as Nikorima kicks on the second?! Nicoll-Klokstad beats RTS and the Raiders get out of jail.

17 mins - TRY RAIDERS

The Raiders get their first points! They move the ball on the fourth as Wighton takes the line on. He leaves Nikorima in his wake as he slips through the line to score.

Croker lines up the kick in a handy position, and doesn't miss. Scores level. (WAR 6 CAN 6)

16 mins

The Warriors resume and go to the air on the last, but Rapana beats Fusitu'a in the air.

The Raiders restart and run into the Warriors half. Williams kicks on the last and Fusitu'a and Rapana go up again. Fusitu'a gets to the ball, but he can't hang onto it.

Raiders scrum on the 10m line. Can the Warriors' defence hold?

14 mins

Play is stopped again with two Raiders down, James and Kris have smashed heads in tackling O'Sullivan, and they're both staying down.

This looks bad. James is back on his feet, but Kris is still down. They're now both up and walking, but surely will both need to go and complete concussion tests.

The Raiders will temporarily be down to just one man on the interchange bench.

13 mins

Rapana tries to kick over the top on the Raiders' last, but RTS is there to take it. The Warriors can start their attack just outside the Raiders' half.

Harris' pass falls to no one, and the Raiders break through Rapana! He gets a pass away to Nicoll-Klokstad, but Afoa saves a certain try. 

The Raiders are hot on attack. Williams tries a kick through on the third, but the ball bounces dead. 

10 mins

Joe Tapine is staying down for the Raiders, he looks in real pain. The ref stops the clock as the Kiwis forward is helped from the field. Huge loss for the Raiders if Tapine can't return.

9 mins

Set restart for the Warriors as Afoa carries the ball over halfway. Tevaga breaks out of the tackle of Hodgson and the Warriors are 10m out. 

Katoa and Egan combine on the fourth, before Nikorima kicks on the last. A slight scramble in defence by the Raiders, but they hold out.


The Raiders kick on the fourth and Maumalo takes it. Pompey runs the ball into the Raiders' half, Egans nearly puts RTS away, before Fusitu'a wins a set restart.

The Warriors move the ball through the hands as Fonua-Blake goes over to score the first try of the match! He's celebrating his 100th NRL appearance this afternoon, and what a way to do so.

Nikorima with the kick from in front, and he slots it. (WAR 6 CAN 0)

4 mins

The Rairders work forwards towards halfway, Tapinemakes good metres on the third, as does Papalii. Williams kicks on the last, and Kris out jumps Maumalo!

RTS is there to save a certan try and win the turnover.

2 mins

And there's a mistake from the kick-off! Simonsen and Williams let the ball roll into touch for a Warriors dropout.

Fonua-Blake takes the first hit up, Afoa takes the second. Katoa runs the third, Tevaga the fourth but he loses the ball. 

Raiders scrum.


We're away in Canberra! The Warriors kick off to get the game going.


And now Jarod Croker does the same, after the Raiders' fans viking clap of course. 


RTS leads the Warriors out of the tunnel onto GIO Stadium. Decent applause for the Kiwi side in amongst the sea of green.


Some late changes to the Warriors' side. Jazz Tevaga starts for the Warriors, moving from the bench to lock. Tohu Harris switches to the second row, and Bayley Sironen moves to the interchange bench.


Kia ora and welcome to Newshub's live updates of the NZ Warriors v Canberra Raiders from GIO Stadium, Canberra.

After a flying start to the NRL with a win over the Titans, the Warriors came crashing back down with a loss to Newcastle last week.

This evening, the Kiwi side will look for their second win of the season, although that will be tough against the unbeaten Raiders.

Young halfback Sean O'Sullivan will make his club debut for the Warriors, taking the No.7 jersey, after Chanel Harris-Tavita was ruled out with a broken foot. Bunty Afoa starts at prop in place of the suspended Jamayne Taunoa-Brown, while Jack Murchie is named on the bench for his first appearance of 2021.

Meanwhile, the Raiders welcome back captain and centre Jarrod Croker.

TAB head-to-head: Raiders $1.30, Warriors $3.40

Rookie halfback to steer Warriors 'in right direction' - Brown

NZ Warriors coach Nathan Brown is endorsing the rise of Sean O'Sullivan, after the rookie's elevation to first-grade halfback against Canberra Raiders this weekend.

With regular No.7 Chanel Harris-Tavita sidelined for up to 12 weeks with a broken bone in his foot, O'Sullivan, 2,will make his Warriors debut on Saturday.

The son of Warriors recruitment manager Peter O'Sullivan is no stranger to the NRL, after making a handful of appearances with both the Roosters and Broncos.

Coach Brown says O'Sullivan is the Warriors' best like-for-like replacement to replace the injured Harris-Tavita.

"Sean is a bit different to Chanel, but a bit the same too," Brown says. "They've both got a left-foot kick, which is good, so parts of it don't change.

"Chanel is quite a strong ball carrier, whereas Sean is a very good organiser and understands the game well. He's been around the game a lot, he started at the Roosters, then went to the Broncos, played a bit of first-grade footy, then unfortunately picked up an injury, then came back last year.

"So he hasn't had a real good chance to make an account of himself, but he certainly understands the game well and I'm sure he'll help point the team in the right direction."

After a thumping 19-6 victory over Gold Coast Titans in round one, Brown's side received a reality check with last week's 20-16 defeat to Newcastle Knights.

But even in defeat, Brown says the lessons learned against Newcastle will hold the Warriors in good stead to grow for the rest of the season.

"Basically, we're looking to slowly grow our game from week one to week two to week three," he adds.

"I thought, last week, we played a bit better than we did the week before. That last touch of the game, we weren't quite good enough unfortunately, so if we can continue to improve, that's the key for us.

"If we can keep competing and hanging in there in games, like we are, I'm sure we'll pick up wins along the way."