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Rd 21 LIVE - Raiders v Warriors #NRLCANWAR

Posted By: Archie
August 02, 2014, 07:06:59 PM

Canberra Raiders vs NZ Warriors
Round 21 - Sunday August 3rd 2014
GIO Stadium, Bruce ACT
NYC: 11:45am AEST - LIVE on Fox
NRL: 2:00pm AEST - LIVE on Fox
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Re: Rd 21 LIVE - Raiders v Warriors #NRLCANWAR

Posted By: Archie
Reply #1 August 02, 2014, 07:32:27 PM
Raiders v Warriors NRL Preview
GIO Stadium
Sunday 2pm (local)

It was all looking so good for the Raiders last Monday night. Up by two points after as many minutes, and all before the Rabbitohs had even touched the ball.

But four minutes later the enthusiasm turned to another feeling which has become far more familiar in 2014, as Souths piled on four unanswered tries and harassed the Raiders’ frail edge defence to win 34-18.

Despite that, Ricky Stuart has retained the same 17 for this week’s meeting with the Warriors at GIO Stadium, in keeping with a theme throughout the year which has seen him use only 26 players - the third-lowest number in the NRL.
They'll wear special 'Hulk' jerseys this week too.

The Warriors stumbled their way to defeat against Manly last week, producing clumsy last-tackle plays which ultimately cost them, despite footing it with the premiership leaders for 70 minutes.

A big part of that loss can be put down to the late withdrawal of halfback Shaun Johnson, who worryingly for coach Andrew McFadden and fans aggravated his groin injury at training on Thursday and will sit out a second week in a row.

Back this week though is interchange forward Feleti Mateo, which sees Sione Lousi and rookie Tuimoala Lolohea drop back onto a six-man bench for the Kiwis.

Despite struggling to get over the line last week the Warriors still have the best attack in the competition, and on Sunday face a side who have the worst defence, leaking an average of over four tries per match.

That might suggest the result can only go the way of the visitors, but there are a number of factors, including an awful winning record in Canberra, which go against the Warriors and make this match-up interesting.

Watch Out Raiders: The Canberra left edge is the worst defensive corridor in the competition and has leaked 28 tries this season, including three in their last outing. Their efforts when retreating are often abysmal, and this week they face one of the competition’s most damaging centres in Konrad Hurrell, a player who makes his living off running at smaller back-tracking defenders. Jarrod Croker was found wanting on several occasions on Monday night, and his reluctance to push up on defence won’t do him any good against the powerful Hurrell and Ngani Laumape.

The Green Machine have shown themselves to be notorious slow starters in 2014, and this week’s opponents come out of the gates faster than any other team in the competition. In their last two games the Raiders have conceded two tries within the opening 10 minutes, while the Warriors have scored a try in the opening 10 in all four of their last matches. Limiting the Warriors’ impact in those early exchanges will be crucial.

Watch Out Warriors: The game is being played in the nation’s capital, a place where the Warriors win just 16 per cent of the time. In 12 games across 19 years the Warriors have headed home in a good mood on only two occasions, the last of which was way back in 2001. Earlier in the season the Warriors broke long losing droughts in Townsville and at their alternative home venue of Eden Park; can they make it three for the year?

The Raiders may sit equal last on the NRL ladder, but they have some points in them and can throw plenty at you on the attacking side of the ball. They have scored more than 12 points in all of their past five games, despite tasting victory only once, and in Jarrod Croker they have the competition’s highest try scorer and a man who averages 91 running metres per game. Slacken off when Canberra have the ball in hand and it can hurt.

Plays To Watch: The side of the field where Croker and Sami Sauiluma will take on the Warriors’ Hurrell and Laumape is bound to be action-packed. All four players are dynamic in attack, with a potent mix of power and speed which has seen them score tries from all over the park this year. They also all have issues in defence, which is a good indication that plenty of opportunities, and ultimately points, will come down that channel.

The support play from both fullbacks will also feature heavily, with Anthony Milford and Sam Tomkins right up there among the most-talented ball handlers in the competition. How these two inject themselves against tiring forward packs will be important, and both their respective teams are at their best when they are heavily involved.

Where It Will Be Won: The Raiders and Warriors can look amazing with the ball in hand, but are guilty of wasting opportunities through impatience and reckless decisions. The team that values the pill the most should be able to build more pressure and get the better of this contest.

Concentration lapses that last for 15-20 minutes have also become near givens for both sides this season and there is no reason why this Sunday should be any different. Limiting the damage in these periods is a must, and it’s a time where discipline in the ruck and getting back the 10 is vital.

The History: Played 31; Raiders 17, Warriors 14. The overall head-to-head record between them may be evenly split, but in games played in Canberra it has been nothing but Raiders for the past 13 years. The Warriors haven’t won in the capital since 2001, when they were victorious by 22-10, and haven’t won at GIO Stadium [formerly Bruce Stadium] since 1997. Canberra have the better recent record between them, having won three of their past five encounters. But the one they lost was a doozy; going down 50-16 earlier this year.

What Are The Odds: According to Sportsbet, the Warriors ($1.50) are the best backed side in the round. Over 90 per cent of money wagered has gone on the Warriors head to head, despite their less than impressive away record. However, that was before Johnson's withdrawal on Thursday. Latest odds at Sportsbet.com.au.

Match Officials: Referees – Gavin Morris and Gavin Reynolds; Touch Judges – Phil Henderson and Paul Holland; Video Referees – Ashley Klein and Ben Galea.

The Way We See It: The Raiders are in all sorts of bother heading into this game, with six losses in their last seven and weaknesses on both sides of the ball which tend to repeatedly invite their opponents into the game. The Warriors are coming off back-to-back losses, and for a team with fragile confidence levels, a win this weekend is crucial. All of the on-field stats point towards a Warriors victory, but this is a team who are specialists in the area of playing weak Raiders sides back into form. Without Johnson, for us it's Canberra by four in a contest with plenty of points.

Source: http://www.nrl.com/raiders-v-warriors-preview/tabid/10874/newsid/80633/default.aspx

Re: Rd 21 LIVE - Raiders v Warriors #NRLCANWAR

Posted By: Chase94
Reply #2 August 03, 2014, 11:28:19 AM
Morning Raiders fans! 20 mins until the start of our LIVE updates of the Holden Cup clash at 11:45am between the mighty Green Machine and the Warriors. LIVE updates of the NRL match will follow at 2pm.

Re: Rd 21 LIVE - Raiders v Warriors #NRLCANWAR

Posted By: Chase94
Reply #3 August 03, 2014, 11:45:14 AM
Both NYC teams are out on the field now at Bruce Stadium and are ready to go. Beautiful day in Canberra! NZ kick off and it's game on in the u20s.

Re: Rd 21 LIVE - Raiders v Warriors #NRLCANWAR

Posted By: Chase94
Reply #4 August 03, 2014, 11:48:27 AM
NZ score early after a Raiders error in their first set. Lisone gets a pass close to the line and just powers his way over for the try. Conversion missed. NZ 4-0 after 3 mins

Re: Rd 21 LIVE - Raiders v Warriors #NRLCANWAR

Posted By: Chase94
Reply #5 August 03, 2014, 11:57:35 AM
Still NZ 4-0 after 12 mins. Raiders force a dropout with a well placed grubber.

Re: Rd 21 LIVE - Raiders v Warriors #NRLCANWAR

Posted By: Chase94
Reply #6 August 03, 2014, 12:06:24 PM
Score is still NZ 4-0 after 19 mins. Raiders are having problems containing the bigger Warriors forwards who keep making breaks.

Re: Rd 21 LIVE - Raiders v Warriors #NRLCANWAR

Posted By: Chase94
Reply #7 August 03, 2014, 12:15:53 PM
NZ score against the run of play. Kent was making a kick return and passed to Hurst who was in space but the ball never made it to him and Niukore swoops on it instead and races away for the try. Quite unfortunate as the the Raiders had done well to defend and get back in the contest after a slow start. Converted. NZ 10-0 after 29 mins

Re: Rd 21 LIVE - Raiders v Warriors #NRLCANWAR

Posted By: Chase94
Reply #8 August 03, 2014, 12:23:50 PM
Time off with Doyle down injured while attempting to score. Looks like he copped an unintentional knee to the head and appears to be concussed. Trainers are attending to him now. He sits up which is a great sign but looks completely out of it. They're going to take him off on the medicab as he's quite obviously badly concussed. Time back on at 32 mins.

Re: Rd 21 LIVE - Raiders v Warriors #NRLCANWAR

Posted By: Chase94
Reply #9 August 03, 2014, 12:29:37 PM
NZ score again. They charged down field as they have been all game and Samson somehow manages to get the ball down for the try despite being tackled by four Raiders. Converted. NZ 16-0 after 38 mins 

Re: Rd 21 LIVE - Raiders v Warriors #NRLCANWAR

Posted By: Chase94
Reply #10 August 03, 2014, 12:33:19 PM
Half time NZ lead Raiders 16-0 in the Holden Cup. Raiders are having real problems getting the big Warriors forwards to the ground in tackles and must make better first up contact in the second half to get back into the game.

Re: Rd 21 LIVE - Raiders v Warriors #NRLCANWAR

Posted By: Chase94
Reply #11 August 03, 2014, 12:42:27 PM
Second half is underway in the Holden Cup clash in Canberra between the Raiders and Warriors. NZ lead 16-0.

Re: Rd 21 LIVE - Raiders v Warriors #NRLCANWAR

Posted By: Chase94
Reply #12 August 03, 2014, 12:49:29 PM
NZ score first in the second half. Abby makes a break then kicks back across field when he comes to Creith and the ball bounces up perfectly for Hingano who gets the try. Converted. NZ 22-0 after 46 mins

Re: Rd 21 LIVE - Raiders v Warriors #NRLCANWAR

Posted By: Chase94
Reply #13 August 03, 2014, 12:52:42 PM
NZ score again very quickly. Massive danger signs here for the Raiders. Abby made the break again and passed to Roache who got the try in the corner. Conversion missed. NZ 26-0 after 49 mins.

Re: Rd 21 LIVE - Raiders v Warriors #NRLCANWAR

Posted By: Chase94
Reply #14 August 03, 2014, 12:55:51 PM
NZ have another try. They bomb high and the Raiders can't clean it up and Bell dives on the lost ball and grounds it to score. Converted. This could be a long 28 mins... NZ 32-0 after 52 mins.


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