'X-Factor' rookie stars as Raiders beat Sharks

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The aboriginal looks agleam for Canberra aft young prima Xavier Savage enactment successful a starring show for the Raiders, who edged retired the Cronulla Sharks 34-18 successful the Gold Coast.

Playing successful conscionable his 3rd NRL crippled to day astatine fullback, Savage gave Canberra fans a glimpse of what's to travel successful the aboriginal arsenic the Raiders kept their finals hopes live with their 2nd consecutive win.

Savage looked intolerable to halt astir each clip helium ran the ball, finishing the lucifer with 246 tally metres, 9 tackle-breaks, 2 line-breaks and a try.

With scores locked aboriginal successful the 2nd half, the 19-year-old made 1 of the astir important runs of the crippled erstwhile helium recovered a small spot of abstraction to marque a large interruption and acceptable up a effort for prima teammate Jack Wighton.

Young Raider's brilliance sets up try

"You've got to say, a prima is calved here," Andrew Voss said connected commentary for Fox League.

"The X-factor, Xavier Savage. Sensational!"

"We're watching a kid acceptable the stadium alight."

Savage aft the lucifer admitted tonight's show felt similar a imagination travel true.

"It's everything you imagination of since you're a kid," Savage told Fox League aft the match.

"I'm inactive getting utilized to it obviously, but it's bully to beryllium learning from a mates of the champion successful the crippled and beryllium astir a large clump of boys."

With first-choice fullback Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad retired owed to a season-ending cervix injury, Savage's emergence couldn't person travel astatine a amended clip for the club.

"Timely excessively for the Raiders erstwhile you deliberation who they person mislaid astatine the fullback position," rugby league large Cooper Cronk said aft the match.

"They request immoderate spark to decorativeness disconnected immoderate tries."

Xavier Savage of the Raiders (Getty)

For the Raiders, who needed a triumph contiguous to support successful interaction with the apical eight, they determination up to the ninth spot connected the NRL ladder.

While the nonaccomplishment for the Sharks hasn't done excessively overmuch harm astatine the moment, with Cronulla inactive remaining successful the eighth spot.

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