Round 14 NRL Preview: Raiders v KnightsCANBERRA RAIDERS v NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS
Round 14, 2012 NRL Premiership
Saturday, June 9, 2012
NRL Kick-Off 7:30pm, NYC Kick-Off 5:15pm
Jared Maxwell/Ashley KleinROUND 14 GAME PREVIEWComing In To Round 14
Canberra Raiders are 1-3 (excluding the bye) in their last four games, and are coming off a 40-0 loss to the Tigers.
They have averaged 17.5 ppg since Round 9, and have conceded 32 ppg in that period.
They sit 15th on the competition ladder, and are also 4 points out of the top 8.
Newcastle Knights are 0-4 (excluding the bye) in their last four games, and are coming off a 50-24 loss to the Broncos on Sunday.
They have averaged 14 ppg since Round 9, and have conceded 32.5 ppg in that period.
They sit 13th on the competition ladder, 4 points out of the top 8.Last Time They Met
Round 22, 2011 - Watch game highlights of the Raiders v Knights last season.
Last 10 Games - Knights 6, Raiders 4.
A motivated Raiders side will be looking to get one up on the Knights after losing both clashes in 2011.
Check back on www.raiders.com.au
later this week for a Raiders v Knights Head to Head feature.
Team Changes and Late MailFind all the Raiders Team and Injury News from Tuesday and full Round 14 Lineup here.
R Robinson, D Pelo, J Croker, B Ferguson, E Lee, J Dugan, J McCrone, D Tilse, T Waddell, T Learoyd-Lahrs, J Papalii, J Thompson, S Fensom.
Bench: M McIlwrick, B Harrison, S Mataora, J Picker, T Thurling, M Nicholls, S Williams.NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS
P Mata’utia, J McManus, D Gagai, T Tahu, K Naiqama, J Mullen, T Roberts, K Snowden, D Buderus (c), W Mason, C Houston, J Edwards, N Costigan.
Bench: C Adams, Z Taia, A Cuthbertson, A McKinnon, J Sa’u.Bottom Line
It has been a tough past month for both the Raiders and the Knights after showing promising signs early in the season. It has been a big week for the Green Machine, with the Canberra troops expected to rally hard in this must-win clash. Newcastle are also in a similar position, and with both side’s motivation at a season high, expect a blockbuster battle on Saturday.
The Raiders have re-shuffled their squad with Dane Tilse coming into the starting 13 for Queensland prop David Shillington. Matt McIlwrick has also moved onto the bench in place of Shaun Berrigan who is out with a bicep injury. The big news is that Josh Dugan has kept his place at five-eighth as he looks to get some better conditions to utilise his ball-running skills at Hunter Stadium.
The Knights will be without stars Akuila Uate and Darius Boyd through Origin duty, with Peter Mata’utia and Kevin Naiqama getting a chance to pull on a starting jersey. Timana Tahu also returns to the side joined by new recruit Dane Gagai in the centres to round out a new look backline combination.
This match is certainly the hardest to pick of Round 14 with both sides capable of scoring plenty of points on their day. Defence is the key for both squads, who have leaked +30 per game in the past month - look for the Raiders to turn it around and clinch it in a tight one.Source: Raiders