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The Raiders overcame a 14-point halftime deficit and fell to the Warriors 26-14.

Stacey Jones’ side dominated the opening stages of the competition at the Geo Stadium, scoring twice in the first seven minutes.

Veteran playmaker Shaun Johnson found Jack Murchie, who broke the line before heading into the lane.

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“What a start for the Warriors,” Steve Roach said.

“Shaun Johnson’s short ball was a beauty, a gem.”

Brought into the half in the 19th round, young gun Dajarn Acey then used his dynamic running to cut through the Raiders defense and score.

Ten minutes later, Canberra coach Ricky Stewart was left “in shock” without touching the ball.

Warren Smith: “He must be surprised, his side hasn’t touched the ball yet.”

Heading into half time, the Warriors dominated but their joy would end there.

Center Matt Timoko created the first scoring opportunity after a 40/20 pass from Jack Wighton, who set up winger Albert Hopotet.

Warren Smith said, “A great job from Matt Timoco.”

“Timoko in the back of the 40/20 there, what about the strength, three fighting players around him,” Roach said.

Young gun Xavier Savage got past the defenders by throwing to Sebastian Chriss to cross untouched.

“Here come the robbers,” said Roach.

Coming off the bench, fullback Corey Harawira-Naira crossed for two and finished off a classic Jamal Fogarty grubber to seal the win.

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The importance of Wyton

Jack Wheaton showed why he is the Raiders’ most important player with two key plays in the second half.

The Blues representative converted two 40/20s at key moments in the second half.

Matt Timoko scored the first try of the night for the Raiders after kicking the first of the night.

Then, following second, Corey Harawira-Naera cut the line to give Ricky Stewart the lead.

“Jack Wheaton, second baseman for the game, made big plays when the Raiders needed it most,” Warren Smith said.

“It’s definitely Jack Whitten’s time.”

“In the second half, you can put it to Wheaton, he was their main man,” Rock said.

Speaking after the game, halves partner Jamal Fogarty highlighted those moments as key to the Raiders’ comeback, praising Witten.

“Of course he’s one of a kind.”

“Jacko is a fantastic player, he plays with instincts… If the guys are on the front foot, Jacko can play his style of foot.

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Walsh’s bizarre appearance

Stacey Jones’ call to remove Reece Walsh from the start came after the interim coach brought the youngster with less than 15 minutes to go.

Jones replaced one of New Zealand’s biggest threats, Djarne Ace Walsh, to score his second try of the night at the Geo Stadium.

Fox League’s Steve Roach believes, no matter what happens behind closed doors, a player of Walsh’s quality should be on the field.

“Regardless of the individual, whatever you’ve got going on against your player, Reece Walsh is the type of player you’ve got to have out there,” Roach said.

Fox League’s Warren Smith said Walsh’s defense was the reason Jones was left out of the start.

Jones said the 20-year-old had a lot to learn, as the Warriors folded after taking a 14-0 halftime lead.

“Stacey Jones said the reason he lost his spot was defense,” Smith said.

Walsh was unable to make an impact in the contest as Ricky Stewart’s Raiders cruised past the Warriors in a losing game.

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Warriors enter the ‘Faders’ tag.

In the first half of the 2022 season, the Raiders earned an unfortunate nickname – ‘The Spreaders’.

Ricky Stewart’s men relinquished multiple half-time leads and allowed teams to score more than their maximum to win.

Although they seem to have overcome the problem now in 2022, it seems like it has been a long-term issue.

In the NRL era, the Raiders sit at the top of the list for kills equal to the Warriors with 53 double figure leaders.

Now after their 19th round clash, the Warriors have become the worst team in NRL history to concede double-digit leads.

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