There were upsets and comebacks in Round 2 of the Austbrokers Canberra Raiders Cup.
The Goulburn Workers Bulldogs have secured back to back wins after scoring 26 unanswered points to run out 26-8 winners over the Gungahlin Bulls at GIO Stadium on Saturday night.
The Gungahlin Bulls opened the scoring with two tries within the opening 28 minutes but Bulldogs snatched the momentum after losing both Connor Brebner and Nic Whatman to injuries.
Coming into the final ten minutes of the half and the Bulldogs grabbed their first points with an offload from Tim Crome finding his winger Patrick Cooke to score in the corner.
Josh Fattore added a second try for the Bulldogs to level the scores before Matt Martin bashed his way over the line from close range to give Goulburn a halftime lead.
It took almost twenty minutes for the first points of the second half with Josh Fattore slicing his way through the line for his second of the match to make it 20-8.
The Bulldogs wrapped up the game a minute later as a slick inside pass from Nick Cornish saw Chris Hart score under the posts.
The West Belconnen Warriors started their season with a bang as they beat a depleted Blues outfit 40-0.
Tevita Aroha-Tuinauvai opened the scoring on his return to the club 20 minutes into the match when he barged his way over the line.
Tries to Matt Campbell and Ryan McQueen ensured the Warriors had an 18-0 lead at halftime.
Josh Baker nearly clawed a try back for the Blues as he fought his way over the line but lost control of the ball in the process.
Bayley Loughhead took advantage of a confused Queanbeyan defence with a try before the Warriors piled on the misery with a further three tries.
Hattricks to Ron Leapai and Daine Spencer saw the Woden Valley Rams claim a memorable win against the Queanbeyan Kangaroos at Phillip Oval.
Spencer opened the scoring as he latched onto a grubber from Adam Lucas, who was starting at halfback in place of Lincoln Withers. Spencer followed up with an acrobatic finish in the corner for his second try shortly afterwards.
Rowan Orcher hit back for the Kangaroos thanks to a Nicolas Grant pass but Leapai extended Woden’s lead before Spencer wrapped up his hattrick with a 60 meter try.
Sekope Meke and Brent Crisp scored either side of halftime to give the Kangaroos momentum as the margin reduced to two points.
However, Woden kept the pressure on as Tom Robertson scored his first senior try but Daine Spencer once again stole the show with an acrobatic tap back to allow Leapai to score.
Leapai wrapped up his hattrick 10 minutes from fulltime before Josh Pheeney put the icing on the cake late on.
The Yass Magpies completed a late comeback to claim their first win of the season and condemn the Sharks to another narrow loss.
Sonny Tupuola barged his way over the line to open the scoring for the Sharks but Scott Naughton scored for Yass shortly afterwards as he ran through a gap.
Channon McAskill crossed the line for the Sharks but was held up but Jordan Mecham-Crane gave the Sharks a 12-4 halftime lead.
Chris Rawlinson started the comeback process two minutes into the second half as he shaped to pass before dancing his way through the Belconnen defence.
Josh Hall gave the Magpies the lead ten minutes from fulltime when he gathered a Steve Naughton pass and steamrolled his way over the line.
Ben Davis ran onto a Jacob Toppin pass from dummy half to secure the win while Tupoula scored on fulltime to give the Sharks a consolation try.