Blog log from R1 of 2015 Auckland Nines: Wests vs Canberra

Lawrence tries a grubber but Croker snaffles it and starts a counter attack. One tackle later, Croker scores under the posts with an assist pass from Waqa. (1st Half)
Waqa also provides the second try with a pass to Ahearn who just manages to avoid the right touchline to cross at full pace. (1st Half)
Funaki spills the ball 15m out from the line in attack, although the Tigers hadn’t looked much like scoring anway. (1st Half)
But they get the ball back almost immediately from a Croker error and look more potent up the middle, where Buchanan just manages to ground the ball next to the right goalpost. (1st Half)
Funaki scythes through the middle of the Raiders line and reached 5m out, but his pass is spilled by Lovett. But on the next set, it’s Lovett who scores. (2nd Half)
Croker drops a long pass over the left sideline at midfield. (2nd Half)
Lawrence gives to Richards on the left wing who tries a kick ahead, but it’s too strong and goes over the backline. (2nd Half)
Waqa passes a long way forward 30m out on attack, the ref spots it. (2nd Half)
Simona dodges his way through broken defence on the left wing but his offload is wayward and turned over. (2nd Half)
Lovett scores on the left wing after a desperate last-tackle play, set up luckily by a Croker knock down that goes to Panther hands. (2nd Half)
Lee runs past three Panthers on the right wing and feeds Nagas inside but he’s tackled without the ball near the line, the ref doesn’t pay the obvious penalty try! (2nd Half)
The Raiders can’t get the ball in scoring position before the hooter sounds, bit of an officiating tragedy that one! (2nd Half)