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Rd 20 LIVE - Raiders v Rabbitohs #NRLCANSOU
« on: July 28, 2014, 06:11:17 PM »


Canberra Raiders vs Sth Sydney Rabbitohs
Round 20 - Monday 28th July 2014
GIO Stadium, Bruce ACT
NYC: 4:45pm AEST
NRL: 7:00pm AEST - LIVE on Fox
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Re: Rd 20 LIVE - Raiders v Rabbitohs #NRLCANSOU
« Reply #1 on: July 28, 2014, 06:13:53 PM »
Raiders v Rabbitohs NRL Preview
GIO Stadium
Monday, 7pm

Impressive one week, bitterly disappointing the next, Raiders fans were left scratching their heads yet again as their side failed to string two wins together, this time falling to the Storm in Melbourne, a fixture in which they have enjoyed success in recent times. Coach Ricky Stuart pinpointed the first 15 minutes of each half as areas Canberra let themselves down in. It’s an area they’ll need to address, as they welcome a resurgent South Sydney side to the nation’s capital, fresh off a 32-12 win over the Eels at Pirtek Stadium.

Coach Michael Maguire leads the Rabbitohs back to his hometown to face his former club and is targeting the same level of execution they showed last week that helped Souths to their first win since Round 14. Currently in fourth position and four points adrift of the Sea Eagles in first place, this is a must-win for the cardinal and myrtle if they’re to keep touch with the top four, in what’s shaping to be one of the most tightly contested top eights in recent years.

Ricky Stuart has named the same 17 that went down the Storm in Round 19, adding centre Matt Allwood as 18th man.

For the Rabbitohs, Bryson Goodwin comes in on the wing for the suspended Lote Tuqiri, while Ben Te’o also returns, named to start in the second row. Sam Burgess reverts to lock, and Ben Lowe pushes back to an extended bench, which also features Joe Picker and Joel Reddy.

Watch Out Raiders: Against the Eels, Maguire made the brave move of removing his star halfback with 16 minutes remaining when the game was delicately poised at 16-12 in favour of South Sydney. Replacing Adam Reynolds was young gun Luke Keary, who made an immediate impact, putting up a bomb which Kyle Turner promptly converted to four points. It remains to be seen how exactly Keary will be used on Monday night, again named to start from the bench, but the Raiders will need to be wary when he enters the fray.

Watch Out Rabbitohs: While results haven’t always gone the Raiders’ way in 2014, there has been one constant: Jarrod Croker. The centre has been scoring points for fun this season, with the most points scored (140) in the competition after 19 rounds, and is also equal-second for tries (14) along with Dale Copley, just one behind Semi Radradra. His form even warranted a call up to the NSW Blues squad for Origin III as a shadow player. The Rabbitohs’ right-edge defence will have their hands full on Monday night.

Plays To Watch: Anthony Milford has been electric, particularly when chiming in on the right-hand side of the Raiders’ attack. With speed to burn, great acceleration and amazing skill, Milford will keep the South Sydney defence second guessing, either finding centre Jarrad Kennedy or slicing through himself to collect yet another try.

For the Rabbitohs, Alex Johnston has made a prolific start to his first grade career, scoring nine tries in just eight appearances. In his two tries against the Eels, Johnston was the beneficiary two wonderful cut-out passes from Greg Inglis that exposed the Parramatta defence. Don’t be surprised to see the superstar fullback lay another one on Johnston’s chest on Monday night.

Where It Will Be Won: The opening exchanges. Stuart has made it clear that the Raiders’ slow starts are unacceptable, and you’d expect his side will be quick off the blocks. But if the Rabbitohs find their rhythm early, it could be another long night for the Green Machine. If the Raiders don’t keep the visitors at bay early, it’s hard to see them overturning any significant advantage.

The History: Played 50; Raiders 28, Rabbitohs 21, drawn 1. South Sydney have a good recent record against the Raiders, having won five of their past six encounters. However, Canberra did win their most recent meeting, with a 30-18 victory in Round 4 at ANZ Stadium.

What Are The Odds: All the money at Sportsbet is with the Rabbitohs ($1.35), with the home side friendless at $3.20. The Rabbitohs are also better supported at the line, giving away a 7.5 points start. Latest odds at Sportsbet.com.au.

Match Officials: Referees – Ashley Klein and Chris Butler; Touch Judges – Paul Holland and Gavin Reynolds; Video Referees – Steve Chiddy and Luke Phillips.

Televised: Fox Sports, Live 7.00pm (AEST).

The Way We See It: With hopes of playing finals football in 2014 now certainly dashed for the Raiders, the Rabbitohs will have more to play for. Canberra certainly won’t be handing over the two competition points too easily, but if South Sydney can execute well, it’s hard to see anything but a Rabbitohs victory. Rabbitohs by 14 points.

Source: http://www.nrl.com/raiders-v-rabbitohs-preview/tabid/10874/newsid/80461/default.aspx

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« Reply #2 on: July 28, 2014, 06:51:36 PM »
10 minutes until kickoff in Canberra between the mighty Raiders and Souths. Teams are out the back warming up on a typically cool night in the capital.

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« Reply #3 on: July 28, 2014, 07:01:45 PM »
Teams have just run out on to Bruce Stadium and we're ready to go! Souths kick off and it's game on! Go mighty Raiders!!

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« Reply #4 on: July 28, 2014, 07:06:04 PM »
Raiders get an early penalty right in front for a ruck infringement on Fensom. Croker takes the two. Raiders 2-0 after 3 mins

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« Reply #5 on: July 28, 2014, 07:09:45 PM »
Souths score in the corner. They created an overlap out wide and Walker managed to get on the outside of Croker and to the line for the try. Reynolds misses the conversion. Souths 4-2 after 7 mins

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« Reply #6 on: July 28, 2014, 07:14:05 PM »
Souths score again in the corner. Reynolds chipped across for Johnston who marked it on the full and ran in to get the try. Came after a Raiders lost offload gave them good field position. Reynolds misses the conversion. Souths 8-2 after 12 mins

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« Reply #7 on: July 28, 2014, 07:22:22 PM »
Video ref Raiders, ref thinks no try, checking grounding. Saliuma tries to ground a bouncing ball after a chip from McCrone and a scramble for the ball. Won't be a try it's a knock on. No try.

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« Reply #8 on: July 28, 2014, 07:33:06 PM »
Souths score off a scrum 10 meters from the Raiders line. They shifted the ball to the wing and Goodwin got the try in the corner despite a last ditch tackle by Milford. Reynolds misses the conversion. Souths 12-2

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« Reply #9 on: July 28, 2014, 07:46:17 PM »
Half time Souths lead Raiders 12-2. Raiders errors have been costly so far but they are definitely still in the game if they control the ball in the second half.

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« Reply #10 on: July 28, 2014, 07:59:17 PM »
Second half is underway in Canberra between the Raiders and Rabbitohs. Souths lead 12-2. Raiders restart play.

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« Reply #11 on: July 28, 2014, 08:06:11 PM »
Video ref Souths, ref thinks try, checking grounding. Reynolds kicks across field for Walker and he kicks again into the in goal where there is a scramble for the ball. Johnston plants the ball just before the dead ball line. Try. Reynolds misses the conversion. Souths 16-2 after 44 mins

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« Reply #12 on: July 28, 2014, 08:19:32 PM »
Video ref Raiders, ref thinks try, checking grounding. Sauiluma dives for the in goal and scores a spectacular try in the corner! Try!! Croker just misses the conversion. Souths 16-6 after 55 mins

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« Reply #13 on: July 28, 2014, 08:28:36 PM »
Souths score. They spread the ball wide then cut back in field and string some passes together to beat the defence. Reynolds ends up with the ball and dives under the posts to get the try. Converted. Souths 22-6 after 63 mins

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« Reply #14 on: July 28, 2014, 08:32:17 PM »
Video ref Souths, ref thinks try, checking interference on catches. Goodwin leaps high for a bomb and marks it in the in goal and grounds it. Try. Conversion successful. Souths 28-6 after 66 mins