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Raiders shut out Titans to open National Rugby League season

March 17, 2019

SYDNEY (AP) — Canberra prevented an opponent from scoring a point for the first time in six years by beating the Gold Coast Titans 21-0 Sunday in the opening round of Australia’s National Rugby League.

Leading 4-0 after two Jarrod Croker penalties, Sia Soliola crossed for a Canberra try just on halftime for a 10-0 lead. Joey Leilua scored Canberra’s second try minutes into the second half to help extend the rout.

Earlier Sunday, Parramatta beat Penrith 20-12.

Coaches who switched teams in the offseason had mixed results with their new clubs.

Veteran Wayne Bennett, who coached Brisbane last year, led South Sydney to a 26-16 win over the defending champion Sydney Roosters. Halfback Adam Reynolds had a hand in four of Souths’ five tries.

Anthony Seibold, who coached South Sydney last year but switched to the Broncos, was on the losing end of a 22-10 result against the Melbourne Storm.

Elsewhere, Newcastle beat Cronulla 14-8, the New Zealand Warriors defeated Canterbury 40-6, Wests Tigers beat Manly 20-6 and North Queensland defeated St. George Illawarra 24-12.

The Warriors match at Mt Smart Stadium in Auckland on Saturday offered free remaining tickets in memory of the victims of the mosque shootings Friday in Christchurch.

“We represent New Zealand and Christchurch is a huge part of our fan base,” Warriors chief executive Cameron George said. “Mt Smart (Stadium) is our home and a safe house for every New Zealander.

“This is our way of paying respects to the horrible tragedy yesterday and hopefully bringing people together in what is a devastating time for the country.”

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