Warriors beat Raiders in NRL thriller

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Warriors coach Nathan Brown was a relieved man as Shaun Johnson kicked a field goal to snatch a 21-20 NRL golden-point win over Canberra, just five days after their Anzac Day capitulation.

"He got the part right he had to get right," Brown said.

The Warriors trailed all game before a controversial penalty allowed Reece Walsh to slot home with 35 seconds remaining to forced extra time at Redcliffe's Moreton Daily Stadium.

Johnson then nailed the match-winning field goal to consign Canberra to their fifth consecutive defeat, leaving Raiders coach Ricky Stuart exasperated.

"Publicly I'm lost for comment in regards to the quality of that performance in the second half," Stuart said.

"For any loyal fan, any real fan we've got left, I feel really embarrassed and sorry for them."

Even the Warriors couldn't believe their luck.

"It's good we got the win mate but I dont think we had a right to win that game tonight," Walsh told Fox Sports.

"We were pretty poor mate and I feel like we've got to come back next week with a better attitude than we did tonight and show everyone how we can really play.

"But I'm happy we got the win tonight."

Stuart was frustrated after watching his side give up eight-point leads on three occasions, the last time after interchange forward Corey Horsburgh was placed on report for a contentious high tackle on Matt Lodge in the 80th minute.

Lodge and Canberra prop Joseph Tapine were also reported in a niggly affair, while Raiders front-rower Josh Papalii may also come under scrutiny from the match review committee for an alleged eye gouge on Ben Murdoch-Masila.

But Raiders skipper Jack Wighton said his side shot themselves in the foot again and it's becoming too common.

"We've got to find a way to become winners again and at the moment we just keep letting it slip ... I'm a little lost for words," he said.

Five days after accusing some of his charges of giving up in their record-breaking 70-10 drubbing at the hands of Melbourne, Brown certainly couldn't question his side's commitment this time around.

They trailed 8-0 early as Canberra centre Matthew Timoko posted the game's first try in the sixth minute and Brad Schneider added a penalty goal.

The Warriors replied when Adam Pompey crossed, only for the Raiders to hit back with a soft try to Hudson Young minutes later.

Teenage centre Viliama Vailea bagged his maiden NRL try off a probing chip kick from Warriors debutant Daejan Asi to again cut Canberra's lead to two points.

Jack Wighton earned the Raiders' a more deserving 20-12 half-time lead when he did it all himself five minutes before the break.

A Euan Aitken try in the 63rd minute again reduced Canberra's lead to two points before the dramatic finale.

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