Canberra Raiders’ young guns fire against Sydney Roosters


Canberra’s young guns impressed in the Raiders’ first win over the Roosters – with a host of rookies (along with a few veterans dotted around) who did too much for the Roosters, winning 32-18.

Yes, it was just a tryout and yes, the Roosters were without many of their key players – but it was impossible not to be excited by some of the combinations on display from those in lime green.

It was a brave effort from Canberra who lost both Sam Williams and traveling housemate Matt Frawley, after the former failed a rapid antigen test.

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Savage grabbed the first down and found himself with two linebreakers and nearly 150 running yards.

“He’s been electric on every occasion. He just doesn’t look impressed on any occasion,” Michael Ennis said in a commentary.

“There are things going on around this young boy,” he said after the opening try.

“You talk about what coaches look for in trials – trials present opportunities. And young Savage has been handed the No.1 shirt and a strong performance tonight might just give him the opportunity to start the first round with the jersey n°1 for the Adventurers.”

But it wasn’t just the full-back who impressed – substitute hooker and 2019 Peter Sterling Medal winner Adrian Trevilyan scored the second, Brad Schneider, Semi Valemei and James Schiller teamed up for the third, while that Harry Rushton was lively as well.

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Ennis said Savage was “unrecognizable” physically from 12 months ago.

“They predicted that at some point in the years to come he would be up to it,” Ennis said.

“But I don’t think they realized how quickly he would seize his opportunity. Physically he had so much work to do – he was still very light. He’s worked a lot on his body and his condition, and you can see that. see. “

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