NRL: Dallin Watene-Zelezniak produces trysaving miracle effort as NZ Warriors overcome Canberra Raiders

If a try saved is as good as a try scored, NZ Warriors winger Dallin Watene-Zelezniak made sure his side got full value in Friday's 21-20 golden point win over Canberra Raiders.

With the Warriors hanging on to an 8-6 lead at the end of the first half, the Raiders appeared certain to score when halfback Jamal Fogarty chipped over the defensive line to put fullback Sebastian Kris clean through.

However, with the tryline in sight, Watene-Zelezniak flew in out of nowhere to stop Kris in his tracks, and save the Warriors from going behind.

To really rub salt in Canberra's wounds the next set saw the Warriors race down the other end, as Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad returned to haunt his old side, scoring to give the Kiwi side a 14-6 lead at the break.

With 15 tries from 12 games heading into the round 21 clash, Watene-Zelezniak grabbed his 16th score of the season 10 minutes into the second half, diving over in the corner for the Warriors' third try of the evening. 

Watene-Zelezniak's try-saving effort would also prove to be the difference between the two sides, as a late fightback saw the Raiders threaten to rain on the Kiwi side's parade. 

But with the game in golden point, Shaun Johnson stepped up with a field goal to see Andrew Webster's side over the line by the skin of their teeth. 

Victory sees the Warriors move temporarily to third on the NRL ladder, leapfrogging both the Raiders and Melbourne Storm courtesy of points differential.