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Round 17 - Raiders V Roosters @ SFS
« on: June 26, 2011, 10:59:55 AM »
Canberra Raiders V Sydney Roosters
Monday, 4th July 2011, 7:00pm AEST @ The Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney N.S.W.

Broadcast Details:
NRL: Live on Fox Sports 2 + 2HD @ 7:00pm
Pre-game show starts at 6pm

Teams:

RAIDERS - NRL
1. Nathan Massey 2. James Stuart  3. Jarrod Croker 4. Blake Ferguson 5. Reece Robinson 6. Josh McCrone 7. Sam Williams 8. Brett White 9. Alan Tongue (c) 10. Tom Learoyd-Lahrs 11. Joe Picker 12. Josh Papalii  13. Shaun Fensom
Interchange:
14. Glen Buttriss 15. Bronson Harrison 16. Dane Tilse 17. Trevor Thurling

RAIDERS - NYC
1. Jack Ahearn 2. Jeremy Hawkins 3. Sami Sauiluma 4. Michael Chee Kam 5. Chris Medcalf 6. Ryan Gowing 7. Jack Wighton 8. Shannon Boyd 9. Matt McIlwrick 10. Uiti Baker 11. Paul Vaughan 12. Jarred Martin 13. Jeff Lynch
Interchange:
14. Ben Picker 15. Sheen Lomax 16. Edrick Lee 17. Hayden Crockett

ROOSTERS - NRL
Mark Khierallah, Sam Perrett, Justin Carney, Shaun Kenny-Dowall, Joseph Leilua, Braith Anasta (capt), Todd Carney, Aidan Guerra, Brad Takairangi, Tom Symonds, Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, Jake Friend, Jason Ryles.
Interchange:
Anthony Mitchell, Mose Masoe, Tinirau Arona, Kane Linnett.

Roosters v Raiders preview

Roosters v Raiders
SFS
Monday 7pm


From the cellar to the roof then back to the cellar, all in the space of three seasons? Who’d have thought that was a possible outcome for the Roosters prior to the start of 2011? Yet it’s exactly the scenario unfolding for the tricolours as their miserable year snowballs.

Last week, fresh off their second bye, they delivered a truly diabolical performance (we won’t call it an ‘effort’ as there wasn’t the slightest bit of that involved) against the Knights who were minus their captain and go-to man Kurt Gidley. It was their eighth loss in their past 10 games and proclamations of their premiership co-favouritism have all but faded from memory.

This week they come up against another of the season’s under-achievers Canberra – with only the Titans below them in last place on the ladder but with a valuable bye up their sleeves.

Consequently this is the match that could go a long way to determining who gets the wooden spoon in 2011.

The Raiders out-enthused the lethargic Eels 25-12 at home last week, with halves Sam Williams and Josh McCrone calling the shots. Rookie Williams gets his chance to again shine this week with Mitchell Pearce on NSW Origin duty, while the Roosters are further diluted by the absence of fullback Anthony Minichiello and prop Nate Myles to the Blues’ and Maroons’ Origin camps respectively.

Roosters coach Brian Smith has opted to blood Mark Khierallah, a regular for feeder club Newtown in the NSW Cup, in the No.1 for Minichiello. Kane Linnet moves to the bench to accommodate the return of centre Shaun Kenny-Dowall while perennial Mr Fix-it Braith Anasta shifts to five-eighth with Todd Carney assuming the No.7 in Pearce’s absence. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves comes off the bench to start at prop for Myles, Tom Symonds and Brad Takairangi (for Boyd Cordner) are the new second-rowers while Aiden Guerra fills in at lock for Frank-Paul Nuuausala who is serving a one-week suspension for unnecessary knee contact on Knight Junior Sa’u last week. Tinarau Arona is the new face on the bench.

Meanwhile Raiders coach David Furner has elevated Tom Learoyd-Lahrs to start at prop for the injured David Shillington with Trevor Thurling and Josh Miller named on an extended bench.

The Raiders have a massive venue hoodoo to overcome this week – they have been victorious at the SFS just twice in 21 games played over the past 17 seasons!

Watch Out Roosters: A lack of attitude is killing the Roosters. After last week’s 18-10 loss skipper Braith Anasta accused his team-mates of failing to “put in” and it’s hard to argue against that. They completely dropped their heads against the Knights, missing a coach-killing 50 tackles – 18 more than their season average.

The tricolours register 13.6 errors a match – only the Titans make more. Last week they tallied 17 as they struggled to complete just 22 of 36 sets (61 per cent).

Penalties are also a worry – they’ve conceded 92, the fourth most by any side.

Meanwhile the Raiders may have lost prop Shillington but their other engine room enforcers Tom Learoyd-Lahrs, Dane Tilse and Brett White salvaged the pack some much-needed pride last week, pounding out 147 metres, 118 metres and 117 metres respectively. The Canberra pack has under-performed all year but this performance showed they still have the desire to help the side push back to finals contention. A repeat effort here and the Roosters will struggle to hold the opposition out.

Danger Sign: If Canberra’s ‘big boppers’ charge hard and straight in the opening 15 minutes you’ll know they’ve got a game plan to wear down the Roosters through the centre of the ruck.

Watch Out Raiders: The Roosters will be hoping Shaun Kenny-Dowall can hit the ground running after two weeks on the sideline with a knee injury. SKD is their most valuable attacking option and he gives the Roosters menace down the right edge, where the Raiders are vulnerable (see Where It Will Be Won).

Winger Sam Perrett was impressive in his return from injury last week, with 17 runs for 140 metres and adding a team-high five tackle-breaks. The Roosters have really missed his go-forward from dummy-half and he can really lift the side here.

On the left side of the field, fellow winger BJ Leilua has proven forceful, tallying 10 line-breaks (sixth most in the comp). He’ll test out the right-side defenders Joel Thompson (27 misses for the year) and Reece Robinson. 

Aside from that, with Anthony Minichiello, Nate Myles and Mitchell Pearce missing it’s unlikely the Roosters will ask too many questions of the Raiders.

Danger Sign: If Perrett can get into dummy-half often and run at the Raiders before they’ve had time to reset their defensive line he can either burst through or else leave the refs with no alternative but to penalise the visitors for not getting back 10 metres. On the body of evidence they’ve shown recently, momentum from plays like this is the Roosters’ only chance.

Plays To Watch: Carney linking with SKD down the right edge; Anasta firing cut-out face balls for Leilua; Sam Williams and Josh McCrone backing themselves and taking on the slow-to-react Roosters forwards at the line; The Green Machine’s prop rotation ripping in.

Where It Will Be Won: Making inroads. This clash throws together the two least penetrative sides in the competition (Roosters 1255 metres average gain, Raiders 1243) so whichever unit can find a way to bust the opposition line, or grind out more territory, should hold all the aces. 

There’s not a lot between them in the major attacking stats categories either. The Raiders make 3.5 line-breaks a game to the Roosters’ 3.4; the Roosters average 11 offloads to the Raiders’ 10.5; and the Raiders average 33 tackle busts to the Roosters’ 32.

If it comes down to missed tackles, incredibly the Roosters hold the advantage, missing four tackles less than the Raiders each game (32 to 36). That is, unless they give up the ghost like last week.

The pivotal area on the field will be the right fringe – it’s a real weakness for both sides. The Raiders have surrendered 23 tries here in 2011, while the Roosters have leaked 20.

The History: Played 50; Roosters 28, Raiders 22. The Roosters have won 15 of the past 20 games, including the past two. The Roosters hold a dominant 13-3 record at the SFS. Conclusion: Only the Roosters’ dominant record against the Raiders, in particular at home, prevents us from suggesting you put your house on the visitors. But the Green Machine have really found a few gears over the past month. After recording the worst figures in their history for metres gained and line-breaks during the opening three months of the season they’ve incredibly turned it all around – so much so they’ve tallied the best record in the NRL over the past month, marching out 1489 metres a game and 6.3 line busts.

On the strength of that trend we’ll stay in the Raiders’ camp rather than ponder what side of the bed the Roosters will get out of come Monday morning. Raiders by eight points. 

Match Officials: Referees – Matt Cecchin and Henry Perenara; Touch Judges – Adam Reid and Gavin Morris; Video Ref – Chris Ward.

Televised: Fox Sports – Live 7pm.

* Statistics: NRL Stats.


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Re: Round 17 - Raiders V Roosters @ SFS
« Reply #1 on: June 28, 2011, 02:48:12 PM »
Raiders name team to tackle Roosters

The Canberra Raiders have made just one change to their side for the match against the Roosters on Monday night, with Tom Learoyd-Lahrs returning to the starting side for the injured David Shillington.

Shillington will miss two weeks after scans revealed a small tear in his pectoral, but fortunately it’s not as bad as initially though and he won’t be out for as long as originally expected.

With Learoyd-Lahrs moving to the starting side it also gives Trevor Thurling an opportunity to return to the bench, with Josh Miller named 18th man.

Raiders Coach David Furner said there was little hope of a return from fullback Josh Dugan and said he still needed more time to be 100 per cent fit.

“Josh has only just commenced rehab running and he’ll need to get through a lot more on the field before we can select him back in the team,” Furner said. “At this stage he’s only an outside chance for this week and Nathan Massey has been doing a great job for us so there’s no need to rush him back if he’s not fit.”

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Re: Round 17 - Raiders V Roosters @ SFS
« Reply #2 on: June 28, 2011, 09:27:16 PM »
Team changes: Raiders V Roosters

Shaun Kenny-Dowall has been named in the centres for the Sydney Roosters after recovering from an ankle injury, with Braith Anasta to again partner Todd Carney in the halves for Monday night's match against Canberra.

Mark Khierallah comes in at fullback for NSW Origin custodian Anthony Minichiello, with Jared Waerea-Hargreaves to start in place of Queensland representative Nate Myles.

The Raiders are again expected to be without Josh Dugan with his ankle injury taking longer than expected to overcome.

"Josh has only just commenced rehab running and he'll need to get through a lot more on the field before we can select him back in the team," coach David Furner said.

"At this stage he's only an outside chance for this week and Nathan Massey has been doing a great job for us so there's no need to rush him back if he's not fit."

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Re: Round 17 - Raiders V Roosters @ SFS
« Reply #3 on: June 28, 2011, 09:29:46 PM »
Shillington will return sooner than feared

Canberra prop David Shillington is expected to return in two to four weeks after medical staff ruled an injury to his pectoral muscle is not as bad as originally feared.

Shillington re-injured the muscle in the Raiders' 25-12 NRL win over Parramatta on Saturday night.

"Shillo had some scans last night. It doesn't look as bad as first thought," Canberra coach David Furner said.

Injured fullback Josh Dugan is unlikely to return in Monday night's game against the Sydney Roosters, according to Furner.

"He wasn't even really running before last week," he said.

"We normally get an indication that if they're close like the week before you know that they'd be right for this week. At this point I don't think he'll be right."

Dugan has not been named in the squad while Tom Learoyd-Lahrs has come off the bench into the starting side.

New Zealand Test forward Bronson Harrison remains on the bench.

Raiders squad: Nathan Massey, Blake Ferguson, Jarrod Croker, Joel Thompson, Reece Robinson, Josh McCrone, Sam Williams, Brett White, Alan Tongue (capt), Tom Learoyd-Lahrs, Joe Picker, Josh Papalii, Shaun Fensom. Interchange: Glen Buttriss, Bronson Harrison, Dane Tilse, Trevor Thurling, Josh Miller (one to be omitted).

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Re: Round 17 - Raiders V Roosters @ SFS
« Reply #4 on: June 28, 2011, 09:36:18 PM »
Team news: Raiders V Roosters

Canberra
have made just one change to their side to play the Roosters on Monday night, with Tom Learoyd-Lahrs returning to the starting side for the injured David Shillington.

Shillington will miss two weeks after scans revealed a small tear in his pectoral while Trevor Thurling returns to the bench.

Raiders coach David Furner said there was little hope of a return from fullback Josh Dugan and said he still needed more time to be 100 per cent fit.

“Josh has only just commenced rehab running and he’ll need to get through a lot more on the field before we can select him back in the team,” Furner said.

“At this stage he’s only an outside chance for this week and Nathan Massey has been doing a great job for us so there’s no need to rush him back if he’s not fit.”

Sydney Roosters
welcome debutant Mark Khierallah into their side following some stand out performances for the Newtown Jets.

Khierallah played on the wing in last years NYC in and wore the No.6 jersey in the Foundation Cup earlier this year while Todd Carney was out injured.

He replaces Anthony Minichiello at fullback, Braith Anasta moves to five-eighth with the side missing Mitchell Pearce and Brad Takairangi replaces the injured Boyd Cordner in the back row.

Tom Symonds replaces Anasta while centre Shaun Kenny-Dowall returns in the centres and Kane Linnett is religated to the bench.

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Re: Round 17 - Raiders V Roosters @ SFS
« Reply #5 on: June 28, 2011, 09:52:18 PM »
Raiders NRL and NYC teams added to first post

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Re: Round 17 - Raiders V Roosters @ SFS
« Reply #6 on: June 28, 2011, 09:57:38 PM »
If we win this game I'm backing the boys to go all the way and make it to the finals again. We can do it but we just have to build on last weeks great effort. The Roosters are ripe for the picking too.

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Re: Round 17 - Raiders V Roosters @ SFS
« Reply #7 on: June 29, 2011, 11:45:37 AM »
Good to see papalii get another start

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Re: Round 17 - Raiders V Roosters @ SFS
« Reply #8 on: June 29, 2011, 09:13:40 PM »
Family fun at the footy this Monday Night!

Make sure you get to the SFS this Monday Night as the Sydney Roosters take on the Canberra Raiders in a School Holidays cracker!

The Roosters are looking to get their season back on track and need your help to get them across the line!

U/16's can get in to the match for free with a full paying adult so make the most of the school holidays so get to the game with the family and cheer on the red, white and blues!

There will be a number of activities for all the kids to celebrate the school holidays including:
• 500 show bags to the first 500 kids at the game
• Family Fun Area including face painters, balloon artists, mascot and a cheerleader appearance from 5PM
• Luna Park double pass giveaways
• 120 kids dancing combined with karate and gymnastics displays
• 80 member marching band from the NSW Department of Education Millennium Marching Band

So make sure you throw on your jersey and get to the SFS and have a Family Day at the footy!

Tickets are available here

See you there!

Gates open: 4:30
NYC Kick-off: 4:45
NRL Kick off: 7:00

Source: SydneyRoosters.com.au

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« Reply #9 on: June 29, 2011, 09:16:33 PM »
Roosters v Raiders preview

Roosters v Raiders
SFS
Monday 7pm


From the cellar to the roof then back to the cellar, all in the space of three seasons? Who’d have thought that was a possible outcome for the Roosters prior to the start of 2011? Yet it’s exactly the scenario unfolding for the tricolours as their miserable year snowballs.

Last week, fresh off their second bye, they delivered a truly diabolical performance (we won’t call it an ‘effort’ as there wasn’t the slightest bit of that involved) against the Knights who were minus their captain and go-to man Kurt Gidley. It was their eighth loss in their past 10 games and proclamations of their premiership co-favouritism have all but faded from memory.

This week they come up against another of the season’s under-achievers Canberra – with only the Titans below them in last place on the ladder but with a valuable bye up their sleeves.

Consequently this is the match that could go a long way to determining who gets the wooden spoon in 2011.

The Raiders out-enthused the lethargic Eels 25-12 at home last week, with halves Sam Williams and Josh McCrone calling the shots. Rookie Williams gets his chance to again shine this week with Mitchell Pearce on NSW Origin duty, while the Roosters are further diluted by the absence of fullback Anthony Minichiello and prop Nate Myles to the Blues’ and Maroons’ Origin camps respectively.

Roosters coach Brian Smith has opted to blood Mark Khierallah, a regular for feeder club Newtown in the NSW Cup, in the No.1 for Minichiello. Kane Linnet moves to the bench to accommodate the return of centre Shaun Kenny-Dowall while perennial Mr Fix-it Braith Anasta shifts to five-eighth with Todd Carney assuming the No.7 in Pearce’s absence. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves comes off the bench to start at prop for Myles, Tom Symonds and Brad Takairangi (for Boyd Cordner) are the new second-rowers while Aiden Guerra fills in at lock for Frank-Paul Nuuausala who is serving a one-week suspension for unnecessary knee contact on Knight Junior Sa’u last week. Tinarau Arona is the new face on the bench.

Meanwhile Raiders coach David Furner has elevated Tom Learoyd-Lahrs to start at prop for the injured David Shillington with Trevor Thurling and Josh Miller named on an extended bench.

The Raiders have a massive venue hoodoo to overcome this week – they have been victorious at the SFS just twice in 21 games played over the past 17 seasons!

Watch Out Roosters: A lack of attitude is killing the Roosters. After last week’s 18-10 loss skipper Braith Anasta accused his team-mates of failing to “put in” and it’s hard to argue against that. They completely dropped their heads against the Knights, missing a coach-killing 50 tackles – 18 more than their season average.

The tricolours register 13.6 errors a match – only the Titans make more. Last week they tallied 17 as they struggled to complete just 22 of 36 sets (61 per cent).

Penalties are also a worry – they’ve conceded 92, the fourth most by any side.

Meanwhile the Raiders may have lost prop Shillington but their other engine room enforcers Tom Learoyd-Lahrs, Dane Tilse and Brett White salvaged the pack some much-needed pride last week, pounding out 147 metres, 118 metres and 117 metres respectively. The Canberra pack has under-performed all year but this performance showed they still have the desire to help the side push back to finals contention. A repeat effort here and the Roosters will struggle to hold the opposition out.

Danger Sign: If Canberra’s ‘big boppers’ charge hard and straight in the opening 15 minutes you’ll know they’ve got a game plan to wear down the Roosters through the centre of the ruck.

Watch Out Raiders: The Roosters will be hoping Shaun Kenny-Dowall can hit the ground running after two weeks on the sideline with a knee injury. SKD is their most valuable attacking option and he gives the Roosters menace down the right edge, where the Raiders are vulnerable (see Where It Will Be Won).

Winger Sam Perrett was impressive in his return from injury last week, with 17 runs for 140 metres and adding a team-high five tackle-breaks. The Roosters have really missed his go-forward from dummy-half and he can really lift the side here.

On the left side of the field, fellow winger BJ Leilua has proven forceful, tallying 10 line-breaks (sixth most in the comp). He’ll test out the right-side defenders Joel Thompson (27 misses for the year) and Reece Robinson. 

Aside from that, with Anthony Minichiello, Nate Myles and Mitchell Pearce missing it’s unlikely the Roosters will ask too many questions of the Raiders.

Danger Sign: If Perrett can get into dummy-half often and run at the Raiders before they’ve had time to reset their defensive line he can either burst through or else leave the refs with no alternative but to penalise the visitors for not getting back 10 metres. On the body of evidence they’ve shown recently, momentum from plays like this is the Roosters’ only chance.

Plays To Watch: Carney linking with SKD down the right edge; Anasta firing cut-out face balls for Leilua; Sam Williams and Josh McCrone backing themselves and taking on the slow-to-react Roosters forwards at the line; The Green Machine’s prop rotation ripping in.

Where It Will Be Won: Making inroads. This clash throws together the two least penetrative sides in the competition (Roosters 1255 metres average gain, Raiders 1243) so whichever unit can find a way to bust the opposition line, or grind out more territory, should hold all the aces. 

There’s not a lot between them in the major attacking stats categories either. The Raiders make 3.5 line-breaks a game to the Roosters’ 3.4; the Roosters average 11 offloads to the Raiders’ 10.5; and the Raiders average 33 tackle busts to the Roosters’ 32.

If it comes down to missed tackles, incredibly the Roosters hold the advantage, missing four tackles less than the Raiders each game (32 to 36). That is, unless they give up the ghost like last week.

The pivotal area on the field will be the right fringe – it’s a real weakness for both sides. The Raiders have surrendered 23 tries here in 2011, while the Roosters have leaked 20.

The History: Played 50; Roosters 28, Raiders 22. The Roosters have won 15 of the past 20 games, including the past two. The Roosters hold a dominant 13-3 record at the SFS. Conclusion: Only the Roosters’ dominant record against the Raiders, in particular at home, prevents us from suggesting you put your house on the visitors. But the Green Machine have really found a few gears over the past month. After recording the worst figures in their history for metres gained and line-breaks during the opening three months of the season they’ve incredibly turned it all around – so much so they’ve tallied the best record in the NRL over the past month, marching out 1489 metres a game and 6.3 line busts.

On the strength of that trend we’ll stay in the Raiders’ camp rather than ponder what side of the bed the Roosters will get out of come Monday morning. Raiders by eight points. 

Match Officials: Referees – Matt Cecchin and Henry Perenara; Touch Judges – Adam Reid and Gavin Morris; Video Ref – Chris Ward.

Televised: Fox Sports – Live 7pm.

* Statistics: NRL Stats.


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Re: Round 17 - Raiders V Roosters @ SFS
« Reply #10 on: June 29, 2011, 09:29:31 PM »
Fox Sports commentator and former NRL star Brett Kimmorley previews round 17 of the 2011 season

Sydney Roosters v Canberra, Sydney Football Stadium, Monday 7pm (EST)


Noddy says:
A couple of key State of Origin omissions really hurts a Sydney Roosters team who are seeing their season go from bad to worse. The side that made the 2010 grand final is nonexistent this year and they running out of time to put some wins on the board and mount a charge to the finals. The pressure may have eased a little bit off Raiders coach David Furner but the Raiders need to continue their good work from last week's win over the Eels. I think their forward pack is improving while halves Sam Williams and Josh McCrone are starting to deliver. I expect the tough times to continue for Brian Smith's Roosters as the Raiders cruise to a comfortable win.
Tip: Canberra

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« Reply #11 on: June 29, 2011, 09:44:50 PM »
Dugan's return is hardly child's play
29 June 2011, 8:15 am

Josh Dugan's Origin pain has been compounded by the likelihood he will miss Canberra's clash with the Roosters on Monday night.

Source: The Canberra Times - Sport - Rugby League


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Re: Round 17 - Raiders V Roosters @ SFS
« Reply #12 on: June 29, 2011, 09:50:52 PM »
Good to see papalii get another start

Really like the look of him. Harrison might have a fight on his hands to get his spot back it seems. It's good and hopefully it will relight Harro's fire because he is damaging when he puts his mind to it.

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Re: Round 17 - Raiders V Roosters @ SFS
« Reply #13 on: June 30, 2011, 04:16:12 PM »
Preview: Roosters v Raiders



VENUE and TIME: SFS – Monday, July 4, 7pm (AEST), 9pm (NZT)

COVERAGE: Fox Sports/Sky Sport

HEAD TO HEAD: Played 50 – Roosters 28, Raiders 22

LAST TIME: Round 17, 2010 – Roosters 22-12

WALKING WOUNDED:
There are no fresh injury concerns for the Roosters with long-term absentees Mitchell Aubusson (shoulder) and Martin Kennedy the only two big-name players on the casualty list. Kiwi international centre Shaun Kenny-Dowall (ankle) should be right to take his place this week after he was a late withdrawal last round but Anthony Minichiello, Mitchell Pearce and Nate Myles are all unavailable due to State of Origin.

Raiders prop David Shillington is set for at least another couple of weeks on the sidelines after re-injuring his pec muscle in the win over the Eels last Saturday night. Troy Thompson comes into the squad as his replacement. NSW full-back Josh Dugan is set to miss another week at least as he continues his recovery from an ankle injury.

FORM:
The table will show the Roosters are just two wins outside the top eight but reality is they are a long way from being considered finals contenders. Last weekend's meek 18-10 loss to an understrength Newcastle showed there are still plenty of issues at the Bondi club. Brian Smith's side is fast running out of chances to resurrect their season and a loss in this one would all but end their finals' hopes.

The Raiders breathed some life into their disappointing season with a strong 25-12 win over Parramatta last Saturday to move within four points of the top eight. David Furner's troops are still languishing in 15th spot but it was around this time last year they went on a winning streak that propelled them into the finals. They will prove hard to beat in the cold weather on their home turf for the rest of the year but the big question is whether they can get enough wins on the road to mount a serious challenge for the top eight.

WHO'S HOT:
Roosters skipper Braith Anasta blasted his side's commitment in the loss to the Knights last Sunday but surely his spray couldn't have been directed at hooker Jake Friend. The young rake was the only one who looked like sparking anything in attack for the Chooks, while he tackled himself to a standstill, finishing with a massive 52 by the full-time siren.

When the Raiders made the high-profile signing of Matt Orford in the off-season, young halfback Sam Williams must have thought he had very little chance of playing in the top grade this year. But the 20-year-old's impressive form has made it impossible for Furner to keep him in the NYC any longer and he's looking more comfortable in the top grade every week. Williams grabbed two tries in the win over the Eels and his battle with Todd Carney could go a long way to deciding the winner in this match.

WE THINK:
These two sides have endured eerily similar seasons so far. Both were considered finals certainties at the start of the season but have struggled to live up to the expectation and sit just off the foot of the ladder with four wins for the year. They both have high-profile halves (Orford and Todd Carney) struggling for form and are very much at the last chance saloon in.

Source: Sports.com.nz

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Re: Round 17 - Raiders V Roosters @ SFS
« Reply #14 on: June 30, 2011, 04:17:03 PM »
Raiders looking for Monday night Magic

CANBERRA RAIDERS v SYDNEY ROOSTERS
Sydney Football Stadium, Monday July 4 at 7.00pm
Referees: Matt Cecchin and Henry Perenara

WHAT’S AT STAKE

The Raiders scored a solid win over the Eels to keep their finals hopes flickering, but need a big win over the Roosters to stoke the fire this weekend.

The Green Machine have lost David Shillington to injury again, but have a fit and fired up Trevor Thurling ready to make his return from the bench. With the Roosters missing Origin stars Pearce, Myles and Minichello the Raiders need to step up and grab the two points on offer.

STATS BOX

HEAD TO HEAD

Played 50, Raiders 22, Roosters 28

At Sydney Football Stadium, Played 16, Raiders 3, Roosters 13

LAST 5 CLASHES

2010 – ROOSTERS 22 d. RAIDERS 12 at Canberra Stadium
– ROOSTERS 36 d. RAIDERS 6 at SFS
2009 – ROOSTERS 28 d. RAIDERS 4 at Canberra Stadium
2008 – RAIDERS 34 d. ROOSTERS 12 at Canberra Stadium
– ROOSTERS 30 d. RAIDERS 4 at SFS

MATCH-UPS

Blake Ferguson – Sam Perrett
Both of these players love scoring tries and Ferguson in particular will be hungry after a lean couple of weeks. His ability to climb above the pack to latch on to attacking kicks is a huge weapon for the Raiders. Perrett is a smart player who possesses enough pace to hurt you if he’s given room.

Jarrod Croker – Justin Carney
Although they play on opposite sides of the field this matchup is intriguing, as these former Toyota Cup team mates play against each other for the first time. Croker is starting to warm to the task this season, while Carney gets another chance in the centres for the Roosters to shine.

Sam Williams – Todd Carney
Williams was just a junior when Carney was at the Raiders and is now the hope for Green Machine fans that Todd once was. Although he’s been out of form lately Carney is a dangerous ball runner and he’s sure to step up against his former club like he did last year. It’s up to Williams and halves partner Josh McCrone to be the more dominant halves on the paddock and slow down Carney’s influence.

HE SAID IT – with Shaun Fensom
“We need to build on what we did last week against the Eels and get another win. If we don’t the Eels game counts for nothing and we know this.”

WORTH NOTING

* Josh Papalii played 80 minutes last week in his first run on effort
* Trevor Thurling is back on the Raiders bench.
* Blake Ferguson still leads the try scoring list with 9 for the Raiders
* The Raiders Toyota Cup kicks off against the Roosters at 4.45pm

Source:Raiders.com.au