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Warriors captain disputes no-try call

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 15/04/2017 Steve Zemek

Jarrod Croker's stop on Roger Tuivasa-Sheck is being hailed as the try-saver of the year, however, the Warriors skipper has declared he was robbed of a try.

The Raiders skipper turned the course of Saturday's win over the Warriors late in the second half when he held up Tuivasa-Sheck and rolled him over when the star No.1 looked certain to score.

The home side ran out eventual 20-8 victors at GIO Stadium on Saturday but the result could have turned out differently had the New Zealand Test fullback not been denied by the video referee.

After he scythed through the line, beating several tired forwards, Tuivasa-Sheck was sailing towards the tryline before being stopped in his tracks by Croker.

However, he suggested that he had got the ball down and he should have been awarded four points.

"I thought I was over just before he got to me," Tuivasa-Sheck said.

"But they saw otherwise, so it's gone now."

Canberra coach Ricky Stuart praised Croker's effort as representative of the strong bond between his charges, who provisionally jumped in to the top four.

"It was wonderful desire to stop it and it's right through the team," Stuart said.

"Covering your mate's back and the strength of the brotherhood here is what you see in those sorts of actions.

"And when it comes from our captain, I just thought it was an amazing effort and a real turning point."

Croker said he knew with the likes of Tuivasa-Sheck and Shaun Johnson in the Warriors line up, their scrambling defence was always going to be tested at some point.

"I just chased him. During the week we spoke a lot about guys with good feet, Sheck and Johnson testing our middles," Croker said.

"He slipped through and I just chased and the 13 other blokes would have done the same for me."

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