Dolphins 20-14 Raiders: NRL newcomers win AGAIN as they beat Canberra thanks to Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow

The Dolphins win AGAIN! NRL newbies maintain dream start to their debut campaign as Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow bags dramatic winning try in first game at Redcliffe

The Dolphins have continued their remarkable start to NRL life with Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow the star as the Redcliffe-based side defied the conditions, a controversial sin-bin and a 12-point deficit to beat Canberra 20-14.

After blitzing the Roosters on a dry Suncorp Stadium track in their NRL debut, Wayne Bennett’s men showed they could do it on a soaking wet Saturday in Redcliffe.

They prevailed despite trailing 12-0 when hooker Jeremy Marshall-King was sin-binned late in the second half.

Tabuia-Fidow jumped on a loose ball to score before the break though, then the Dolphins gritted their teeth and defended for an enthralling 25 minutes.

Finally afforded some territory, Tom Gilbert was awarded a try after jostling with Matthew Timoko to level the scores with 18 minutes to play.

Tabuia-Fidow then ran smartly from dummy-half and drew a professional foul from Hudson Young.

The backrower was sin-binned for the rest of the game and the Dolphins edged ahead by two points.

But Dolphins halfback Sean O’Sullivan soon joined Young on the bench when he was penalised for a controversial hit that was deemed late and high hit on Corey Harawira-Naera.

Yet the Dolphins had the final say when teenage five-eighth Isaiya Katoa offloaded to Tabuai-Fidow for his second try to send the soaked 10,000-strong crowd into raptures.

They became just the third team, after Brisbane and Melbourne, to win their first two NRL games.

Canberra’s Jack Wighton was everywhere in the first 25 minutes, touching the ball 14 times and also leaping to dislodge Jamayne Isaako of possession as he lunged for the corner.

The Raiders five-eighth had already crossed himself, wandering to the right edge and surging over to break the Dolphins’ defence after some sustained pressure.

Redcliffe Dolphins have extended their perfect start to life in the NRL

Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow scored a late try for the NRL newcomers against Canberra

Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow scored a late try for the NRL newcomers against Canberra

That came after an early turning point, Felise Kaufusi producing another bell-ringing tackle that flattened Hudson Young.

The ball spilt free and Isaako kicked ahead and regathered, making it within 10m of his tryline.

But play was called back for a Kaufusi offside, Wighton’s try coming three sets later.

The Raiders found space down the right 15 minutes later, Nick Cotric’s converted try making it 10-0.

Marshall-King was then sin-binned and placed on report for a hip-drop tackle on Corey Horsburgh.

But the Dolphins scored while a man down to breath life into the contest, Sebastian Kris fumbling a Sean O’Sullivan grubberkick and allowing Tabuai-Fidow to plant the seeds for their incredible comeback.