A composed and potent Canterbury punished Canberra in the first half of their NRL trial before running out 30-18 winners at Scully Park on Saturday night. The Bulldogs raced to an 18-0 halftime lead thanks largely to the weight of possession and a superior kicking game, mostly from the boot of new halfback recruit Trent Hodkinson. Winger Bryson Goodwin got the scoring underway in the first few minutes when he crossed in the left corner and then had a hand in the second try as he tipped a kick from five-eighth Kris Keating back for Josh Morris to score the first of his two tries. Yet another cross-field kick, this time to the right from Hodkinson, saw a spilled ball fall for Dogs skipper David Stagg to score the third and Goodwin landed another tough goal. It was 24-nil after the break when Keating crossed for one of his own after Jamal Idris showed strength in a bustling run down the right sideline before linking with fullback Ben Barba who in turn found Keating. The Raiders fightback came when young interchange half Sam Williams beat a couple of  tacklers to score and winger Nathan Massey crossed to reduce the margin to 24-12. But Josh Morris scored a long range belter when Ben Roberts put him through a hole and the Raiders were done. Bulldogs coach Kevin Moore said his side was composed. “Our control was really good,” Moore said. “I can only remember a couple of errors in the first half so we probably completed something like 18 of 20 sets. “We were very solid. “We still have a few things to work on from the back end of the game but overall I was very happy.” Raiders coach David Furner said he will take some positives from the game but said the inexperience in his side was evident in the halves and out wide. “But we were sharper in the second half,” he said. “We still competed in the first half. “They have some good blokes on the edges like Bryson Goodwin and Morris and Steve Turner and they’re experienced.” The only injury concern for Canberra out of the game was a possible rib problem for backrower Joe Picker but the man the Green Machine really missed was newly recruited halfback Matt Orford who missed the match with a knee injury. For the Bulldogs Andrew Ryan was rested again but is expected to play in the round one clash with Wests Tigers

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