Xavier Savage made his first worthy brand as a factual NRL participant as the Canberra fullback helped his side overcome a Jack Wighton grief and beat Cronulla 34-18.
Loyal a month after being handed his debut as an unlawful 18th man, Savage starred for the Raiders as he claimed his maiden strive in engaging his second official game.
With Wighton forced from the topic on the 60-minute brand after suffering an accidental Sione Katoa boot to the ribs, Canberra surged home for the critical hold.
Savage finished the game with seven kind out busts, as the Raiders fullback also broke the motorway as soon as within the lead as much as one Wighton strive and totalled 234 metres.
Along with his family from Cairns watching on, the gentle junior whisper flee champion also played with a shoulder grief leisurely.
“His supreme credit rating on the night became as soon as that he played on with grief. That is the attach he got a worthy tick of approval,” coach Ricky Stuart acknowledged.
“Heaps of avid gamers can’t play with duress indulge in that, he did an prominent job in handling that grief.”
“You can not coach inch. He is peaceful got lots to bear a study the game, however he is a extraordinarily coachable young man.
“He engaging showed that he keeps his head down and keeps dedicated to the exhausting work he has a future sooner than him.”
Corey Harawira-Naera became as soon as also colorful within the second row, as he and Savage tormented Cronulla’s lacklustre edge defence on the Gold Flit.
It helped marked the Raiders’ first wait on-to-wait on wins since round one and two, as they crept into ninth on the ladder and handiest unhurried the Sharks on for-and-against.
The match wasn’t without drama although, after Canberra’s first strive grew to develop into an eight-pointer when Braydon Trindall clipped Jordan Rapana’s chin after a Harawira-Naera offload within the lead up.
The contact became as soon as every so often forceful, however Cronulla coach Josh Hannay conceded after the decision became as soon as heavenly.
Any other troublesome penalty went against the Sharks on halftime when Canberra had been ready to level the scores following a kick contest.
And the Raiders final trot-ahead strive within the second half of came within the attach of living after Jesse Ramien became as soon as pinged for a shoulder payment with what looked a front-on hit on Rapana.
But peaceful the Sharks would possibly maybe maybe handiest blame themselves.
They ignored a whopping 49 tackles and completed at 76 per cent, struggling to rep any ball in appropriate territory early.
Johnson became as soon as the worst culprit, missing seven tackles whereas also having subsequent to no impact in assault.
“We had been design off the brand,” Hannay acknowledged.
“We had been within the game however did not have to be.
“We had sufficient avid gamers accessible inserting in sufficient effort.
“But we we had too many that weren’t inserting in sufficient for us to be realistic probability of a hit.”