NRL 2021: Canberra Raiders end losing run, beat Bulldogs despite Josh Papalii sending-off

Canberra Raiders snapped their five-match NRL losing streak - despite having at one point been reduced to 11 men - beating Canterbury Bulldogs 20-18 in Brisbane.

With Jack Wighton already off the field after a sin-binning, Canberra lost prop Josh Papalii in the 60th minute, having made contact with the head of Bulldogs winger Tuipulotu Katoa.

But even at that point being down 12-8, the Raiders rallied, thanks to tries to Curtis Scott and Sebastian Kris, to end their run of five consecutive defeats.

Despite opening the scoring through George Williams and leading 8-0 at halftime, Canberra fell behind in the second spell, as Bulldogs pair Nick Cotric and Nick Meaney both crossed over to see their side take an improbable lead.

Canberra lost Wighton for a dangerous tackle on Adam Elliott, and was placed on report as a result.

Elsewhere, Canberra's Josh Hodgson and Bulldogs forward Ava Seumanufagai were also both placed on report.

The Bulldogs did score a late try through Kiwis international Dallin Watene-Zelezniak, but ultimately fell two points short of levelling the scores and forcing golden point.

Canberra's win lifts them into 10th on the NRL ladder, outside of the top eight on points differential.

The Bulldogs meanwhile remain rooted to the bottom of the ladder, with only one win from their first 10 matches of the season, with a huge points differential of -190.