Bennett was at odds with both losers in the second half as he struggled to hide delight as the Dolphins became just the third team after Brisbane – who he also coached – and Melbourne to win their first two NRL games.
“Only special teams can do things like that,” he said. “I just refuse to give in; Some of the players we bought knew they had those qualities, that’s the basis of everything. Leaders lead and others follow, and that’s exactly what we do.”
Canberra’s Jack Wighton was everywhere in the opening 25 minutes, touching the ball 14 times and also jumping to take the ball from Jamayne Isaako as he lunged for a corner.
The Raiders fifth-eighth had already crossed, wandered to the right edge and charged over to break the Dolphins’ defense after sustained pressure.
The Raiders found space on the right 15 minutes later, Nick Cotric’s converted try making it 10-0. Marshall-King was then reported for a hip drop tackle on Corey Horsburgh.
But the Dolphins scored while a man was down to breathe life into the contest, Sebastian Kris fumbling a Sean O’Sullivan cultivator kick and allowing Tabuai-Fidow to plant the seeds of their incredible comeback.
The Raiders’ loss follows a devastating one-point loss to North Queensland earlier in the season. Coach Stuart bit his lip when asked for his thoughts on the Gilbert attempt and Young’s late Sin Square.
“I don’t know if it changes that… (Wayne’s) did a good job with them,” he said. “It was tough; both teams put in a lot of effort and there’s always one team that’s disappointed and that’s us.”
https://www.smh.com.au/sport/nrl/fin-and-dandy-dolphins-making-a-splash-with-unbeaten-start-to-debut-nrl-season-20230311-p5crbe.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_sport Dolphins are making waves with an unbeaten start to their debut season after defeating the Canberra Raiders