NRL 2021: Canberra Raiders beat Parramatta Eels 12-10 in controversial clash
The Canberra Raiders have gone back into the top eight following a thrilling 12-10 win over the Parramatta Eels in the Gold Coast.
Tonight's game started in a bizarre fashion with neither team able to score any points during the first half, in what was the NRL's first scoreless opening half since Round One of the 2019 season.
After a dour first half, Canberra notched back-to-back tries before the Eels stormed back late and only to be denied in controversial fashion.
Eels winger Maika Sivo crossed over in the 75th minute to cut the deficit to two points before nearly producing the match-winner with less than 10 seconds remaining.
The NRL bunker was forced to step in and determine whether any foul play or a shoulder charge occurred as Jordan Rapana charged towards Sivo in the corner and stopped him from grounding the ball.
Following a lengthy review, the bunker ultimately deemed the contact by Rapana to be fair, despite the pleas of Eels star Clint Gutherson, who was left livid with The Bunker's call.
"But [Rapana's] leading with his …
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