The Raiders got off to a strong start, scoring two early tries, including a four-pointer from Albert Hopoate in the opening minute. However, the Titans fought back and thought they had closed the gap when Fifita crossed the line just before halftime. The Bunker, however, ruled it out due to alleged obstruction by Fifita, frustrating commentators and fans alike.
The no-try ruling proved to be a pivotal moment in the game, robbing the Titans of momentum heading into halftime. This was evident when Canberra’s Matthew Timoko ran the length of the field early in the second half, catching the Titans off guard as they expected the play to be stopped due to a knock-on in the in-goal.
Despite a late charge by the Titans, with tries from Khan-Pereira and Fa’asuamaleaui, it was not enough to overcome the Raiders. In the 73rd minute, Raiders forward Hudson Young sealed their second consecutive victory, keeping them in fifth place on the NRL ladder. Meanwhile, the Titans were left to rue the missed opportunity and sit in ninth place. The Bunker‘s decision remains a topic of debate, with some arguing that Fifita’s try should have stood given the circumstances.