‘X-Factor’ rookie stars as Raiders beat Sharks


The long run seems vivid for Canberra after younger star Xavier Savage put in a starring efficiency for the Raiders, who edged out the Cronulla Sharks 34-18 within the Gold Coast.

Enjoying in simply his third NRL recreation up to now at fullback, Savage gave Canberra followers a glimpse of what is to come back sooner or later because the Raiders stored their finals hopes alive with their second consecutive win.

Savage seemed inconceivable to cease almost each time he ran the ball, ending the match with 246 run metres, 9 tackle-breaks, two line-breaks and a strive.

With scores locked early within the second half, the 19-year-old made one of the vital essential runs of the sport when he discovered a little bit little bit of house to make an enormous break and arrange a strive for star teammate Jack Wighton.

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“You have to say, a star is born right here,” Andrew Voss stated on commentary for Fox League.

“The X-factor, Xavier Savage. Sensational!”

“We’re watching a child set the stadium alight.”

Savage after the match admitted tonight’s efficiency felt like a dream come true.

“It is all the pieces you dream of because you’re a child,” Savage instructed Fox League after the match.

“I am nonetheless getting used to it clearly, however it’s good to be studying from a few the perfect within the recreation and be round a terrific bunch of boys.”

With first-choice fullback Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad out as a consequence of a season-ending neck damage, Savage’s emergence could not have come at a greater time for the membership.

“Well timed too for the Raiders whenever you suppose who they’ve misplaced on the fullback place,” rugby league nice Cooper Cronk stated after the match.

“They want some spark to complete off some tries.”

For the Raiders, who wanted a win tonight to communicate with the highest eight, they transfer as much as the ninth spot on the NRL ladder.

Whereas the loss for the Sharks hasn’t finished an excessive amount of harm in the mean time, with Cronulla nonetheless remaining within the eighth spot.

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