Canberra Raiders defeat Canterbury-Bankstown at Belmore

Blake Austin helped Canberra pull off the most remarkable comeback of the NRL season to keep their faint finals hopes alive with a 32-28 victory over Canterbury.

Already six points out of the finals, the Raiders' season appeared over when they trailed 28-14 with six minutes to play before they scored three late tries at Belmore Oval on Saturday.

Dropped back to the bench this week, Austin came onto the field with 14 minutes to play and kickstarted the comeback in the 75th minute when he stepped through from close to the line to score.

Joseph Tapine then went over with two minutes to play, before Austin broke downfield in the final set allowing for centre Joseph Leilua to cross.

"They should've won," Raiders coach Ricky Stuart said.

"We were pathetic tonight. It's something I don't say a hell of a lot about this this team.

"We've been on the receiving end like that for a couple of years now where we're the better team but we get run down.

"We were trying to take shortcuts tonight. We didn't do anything tonight to try and earn the right to play football at them. We were very poor and undisciplined."

Leilua earlier appeared as if he was going to be the villain, after a knock on close to the line with scores locked at 14-all and 25 minutes to play swung the game in favour of the Bulldogs.

Leilua was then penalised for backchat following the error and the Bulldogs scored to take the lead through forward Rhyse Martin on the following set.

Martin scored another moments later to complete a second-half hat trick, finishing the game with 24 points as the hosts fell desperately short of their first back-to-back wins of the season.

"For all the hard work they put in, we just did a couple of poor things at the end there," Bulldogs coach Dean Pay said.

"It was just an accumulation of things that went against us and we couldn't stop it."

The win came at a cost for Canberra though, who lost Shannon Boyd (leg) and Brad Abbey (concussion) to injuries, while Tapine faces a minimum two-game ban if he is charged for a dangerous throw on Michael Lichaa.

Centre Jarrod Croker had appeared to produce a lone captain's knock before Austin's late heroics, scoring once in the first half and setting up two other tries.

After Canberra trailed 6-0 and had just 39 per cent of the ball in the opening 20 minutes, Croker got the Raiders on the board when he broke down the left edge and put Sam Williams over.

Croker did it himself when he scored their second off a Aidan Sezer cutout ball, before his effort to put Cotric over in the 55th minute drew the Raiders level, but the game looked lost before Austin made his mark.