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Rd 23 LIVE - Raiders v Dragons #NRLCANSTI
« on: August 16, 2014, 10:00:31 AM »


Canberra Raiders vs St George Illawarra Dragons
Round 23 - Saturday August 16th 2014
GIO Stadium, Bruce ACT
NYC: 10:30am AEST - LIVE on Fox
NSW: 12:30pm AEST - LIVE on Fox
NRL: 3:00pm AEST - LIVE on Fox
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Re: Rd 23 LIVE - Raiders v Dragons #NRLCANSTI
« Reply #1 on: August 16, 2014, 10:03:23 AM »
Raiders v Dragons NRL Preview
GIO Stadium
Saturday, 3pm

Do you believe in hoodoos? We certainly didn’t, but when it comes to the Raiders and Dragons in the NRL, we’ve started to change our mind.

The last time the Dragons won in Canberra was Round 22, 2000.

Sydney was building towards what would be a successful Olympics, Gladiator and Mission: Impossible II  were wowing moviegoers, and Anastacia’s smash hit 'I’m Outta Love' topped the ARIA charts.

In the NRL, Mal Meninga was Raiders coach, Laurie Daley was his skipper, and former Canberra coach David Furner was still kicking goals and starting for the Green Machine in the second row. Luke Bailey featured in that game for the Red V, and is the only remaining player from the era still plying his trade in the NRL.

Of course, 2014 is a much different time. The Raiders currently sit in 15th position on the ladder, ahead of the Sharks and the dreaded wooden spoon only courtesy of points differential, while the Dragons in 11th are still a chance of making the finals, but can’t afford to drop any more points on the run home.

Canberra coach Ricky Stuart has named an unchanged 17, while the Dragons will be without Adam Quinlan. Gerard Beale reverts to fullback, with Peter Mata’utia called into the centres. Trent Merrin starts at lock, and Tyson Frizell has also been included on a six-man bench.

Watch Out Raiders: The Dragons’ starting second row of former Raider Joel Thompson and wrecking ball Leeson Ah Mau have been playing longer minutes of late, with both getting through the full 80 in their past two starts. Their workloads have increased in turn, with both statistically amongst the Dragons’ best over the past few rounds. In Round 22, they combined for 71 tackles, eight tackle breaks and 205 metres. They’ll be keen to test Canberra’s edge defence, which has been lacking at times throughout 2014.

Watch Out Dragons: Playing in his first NRL game since 2008, Jordan Rapana made a fairly solid debut against the Eels in Round 22, making 141 metres and breaking 10 tackles. While not directly involved in any scoring plays, you can expect his involvement to increase this weekend as he begins to build combinations with Anthony Milford, Josh McCrone and Glen Buttriss. It’s easy to forget how spectacular he was during his brief stint at the Titans, and with the Canberra No. 1 jersey very much up for grabs in 2015, Rapana will be keen to stake his claim with a strong showing over the final month of the competition.

Plays To Watch: Edrick Lee was a welcome inclusion last week for a squad ravaged by injury. The young winger stands at 197cm tall, and provides McCrone with the perfect aerial target on the left flank. He turned provider for Croker last week, plucking the ball out of the air and flinging it inside to his centre. Look for the Raiders to pepper his side of the field, as he comes up against Jason Nightingale.

Benji Marshall didn’t have the greatest of outings against the Panthers last week, and will need to be at his best if St George Illawarra are to prevail here. On his day, he can put virtually anyone through a hole, but with a lethal attacking weapon in Josh Dugan running off his shoulder on the Dragons’ right-side, points are sure to follow.
 
Where It Will Be Won: The middle. With so much talk about the Dragons’ deficiencies up front, you’d expect the giant Raiders pack would have the advantage here, but season-ending injuries to Shaun Fensom and David Shillington have evened the scales. Trent Merrin and Mike Cooper are hardly pushovers, and Frizell’s return would only bolster their chances. Captain Brett White will need another big showing if the Raiders are to win this key battle.

The History: Played 23; Raiders 16, Dragons 6, draw 1. Remember that hoodoo? Since 2002, the Dragons have only beaten the Raiders once at any venue, with a 58-16 win in Wollongong in 2007. Other than that, it’s been all the way of the Green Machine.

What Are The Odds: There’s almost twice the money with the Raiders ($2.45) in the head-to-head market, with the Dragons still favourites at $1.55. Canberra 1-12 is the popular margin. Latest odds at Sportsbet.com.au.

Match Officials: Referees – Adam Devcich and Grant Atkins; Touch Judges – Adam Reid and Chris Sutton; Video Referees – Steve Chiddy and Steve Folkes.

Televised: Fox Sports, Live, 3pm (AEST).

The Way We See It: On form, the Dragons should probably win here. With their season on the line, and a coach wanting to press his case further for the permanent role in 2015 and beyond, you’d think the Red V will be primed for this one. But how many times have we thought that in the past? It’s hard to argue with Canberra’s impressive record over the Dragons. Many have thought the streak would end in previous years, and we’re not about to call it here. Raiders by two points.

Source: http://www.nrl.com/raiders-v-dragons-preview/tabid/10874/newsid/80983/default.aspx

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Re: Rd 23 LIVE - Raiders v Dragons #NRLCANSTI
« Reply #2 on: August 16, 2014, 10:13:41 AM »
Massive Raiders triple-header at Bruce/GIO Stadium and on Fox Sports kicks off at 10:30am this morning with the Raiders taking on the Dragons in the Holden Cup. After that we have the NSW Cup clash at 12:30pm between the top of the table Mounties and Illawarra sides. To finish up we have the NRL clash that will see the return of Josh Dugan to Canberra for the first time to play his former club. Will the famous Raiders hoodoo over the Dragons strike again? Find out right here from 3pm! We'll have LIVE updates of all three matches throughout the day.

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Re: Rd 23 LIVE - Raiders v Dragons #NRLCANSTI
« Reply #3 on: August 16, 2014, 10:40:44 AM »
Ready to go in the Holden Cup in Canberra between the Raiders and Dragons. St George kick off and it's game on!

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« Reply #4 on: August 16, 2014, 10:44:49 AM »
Raiders score first! McGrath just dummies and runs from dummy half and gets a great try from close range. Converted by Kent. Raiders 6-0 after 4 mins.

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« Reply #5 on: August 16, 2014, 10:51:05 AM »
Awesome Raiders try! Garard sprints after a high bomb from Kent and takes it on the fly and runs in under the posts to score. Kent converts. Raiders 12-0 after 10 mins. Good start!

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« Reply #6 on: August 16, 2014, 11:03:30 AM »
Dragons score. Higgins chases a grubber into the corner and plants it down for the try. Conversion missed. Raiders 12-4 after 21 mins.

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« Reply #7 on: August 16, 2014, 11:14:16 AM »
Dragons score. Crook sends the centre Aitken into a huge hole and he races around an just beats a last ditch tackle by Kent to get the try. Conversion missed. Raiders 12-8 after 31 mins

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« Reply #8 on: August 16, 2014, 11:24:02 AM »
Dragons are challenging a no try call against them for a knock on against Aitken. Clear lost ball. That's half time Raiders lead 12-8 after an entertaining half of footy.

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« Reply #9 on: August 16, 2014, 11:34:28 AM »
Start of the second half with the Raiders leading the Dragons by 4 with a 12-8 score line. Kent kicks off and restarts play.

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« Reply #10 on: August 16, 2014, 11:48:42 AM »
Dragons score down the sideline and run it around under the posts to improve the conversion position. Converted. Bird was the try scorer. Dragons take the lead 14-12 after 52 mins.

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« Reply #11 on: August 16, 2014, 11:51:26 AM »
Dragons score again after kicking a 40/20 and getting the quick tap. The Raiders never got enough defenders back on side to stop them and Aitken goes over for another try after they spread it wide off the tap. Converted. Dragons 20-12 after 54 mins. Raiders only have one fit player left on the bench after a few injuries.

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« Reply #12 on: August 16, 2014, 11:53:35 AM »
Dragons score three in a row. They go down the same sideline and their number two ends up with it and gets the try. Raiders have fallen asleep in the last few minutes. Dragons 26-12 after 57 mins.

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« Reply #13 on: August 16, 2014, 11:55:59 AM »
Dragons have their fourth try in about 8 minutes with Aitken picking up a hat-trick. Crook converts. Dragons 32-12 after 59 mins.

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« Reply #14 on: August 16, 2014, 12:05:06 PM »
Raiders hit back! Hurst divers over in the corner after Creith got the Raiders in great field position by taking an intercept and running close to 80m down field. Conversion from the sideline from Kent just misses. Dragons 32-16 with 13 mins left in the Holden Cup.