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Who’s Deadly NRL R24: Jamal Fogarty, Xavier Savage, Sebastian Criss, Dane Gagai, Alex Johnston, Edric Lee, Rhys Walsh

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Canberra’s indigenous stars may have secured their side a place in the NRL finals, with the Raiders moving into the top eight for the first time since March.

Jamal Fogarty, Xavier Savage and Sebastian Chris crossed for tries and Fogarty kicked another six goals in Saturday’s 48-6 win over Manly.

The trio’s efforts leave the Raiders two points ahead of ninth-placed Brisbane.

Jack Wighton set up the first two tries, including the second from a line break, which the Wiradjuri man extended 30 meters until Savage called the ball into open space to run away in the 13th minute.

Fogarty caught a ricocheting foul that bounced off Kieran Foran’s knee to score Canberra’s fifth try in just 29 minutes.

As the Raiders continued to push the Sea Eagles line, Chris separated three defenders after a quick pick-up of a low ball to pounce on them for the Torres Islanders’ second try.

Dane Gagai played his part in reviving Newcastle’s flickering hopes of victory on Sunday.

But Gold Coast held on in the final minutes to win the home meeting between the competition’s two underdogs 36-26.

After the Titans hit the target with four converted tries for the Knights to steal victory, Gagai darted around two forwards and outran two more pursuers on a 40m run to score in the 65th minute.

The Yam and Badu Islands man found wide space in the 72nd minute to back inside towards the posts, sending Gold Coast fans into a frenzy.

Gagai’s late double was among four tries from the Torres Strait Islander stars on display.

Edric Lee The visitors got off to a great start in the first minute, flying high into the corner to slot a high ball past the Titans’ clumsy defence.

David Fifita put Gold Coast back in front when Jayden Campbell’s short ball found Fifita as he hustled past defenders near the line in the 11th minute.

South Sydney ran away with a 20-10 victory amid a couple of late sin-bins that likely cost North Queensland their home finals.

Alex Johnston scored for the eighth week in a row Latrell Mitchell set the finishing touches to the overlap in the 30th minute.

Johnston didn’t add to his season-high 28 tackles again, but looked on his way to a comeback against the Cowboys in a chaotic final three minutes.

The winger was held off the ball in pursuit of Mitchell’s dribble to the line, which did not lead to a penalty try but led to another dismissal to leave North Queensland with 11 men.

Rhys WalshA thrilling second-minute opener against Penrith on Friday night gave false hope as the New Zealand Warriors lost 46-12.

Walsh ran the pass just over the halfway line to outpace four Panthers in the race to the other end.

The winger, playing in his penultimate game for the Warriors before joining Brisbane, scored eight points after converting both tries.

Brenko LeeA regulation overturned after Parramatta scored 24 points in almost one minute was the only saving grace in Brisbane’s 53-6 defeat on Thursday night.

In the 30th minute, the Torres Strait Islander was on the end of the Broncos’ passing game to tie the game, kicking an unmarked goal amid a nine-try-to-one Brisbane game.

In other NRL matches, St George Illawarra overcame a heavy early deficit to beat Wests Tigers 24-22 after the final kick of the game, Cronulla defended strongly in a 16-0 win against Canterbury, while ” The Sydney Roosters got an early lead on the Melbourne Storm. win away 18-14.

  • Story by Andrew Matheson

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