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Re: Round 22 - Raiders V Roosters @ SFS
« Reply #15 on: August 08, 2013, 02:39:41 PM »
Tim Gavel: Raiders skipper Terry Campese says Tom Learoyd-Lahrs unlikely to make his comeback in Saturday nights game against the Roosters.

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Re: Round 22 - Raiders V Roosters @ SFS
« Reply #16 on: August 08, 2013, 02:43:46 PM »
Raiders need Ferguson: Shillington

Canberra prop David Shillington says controversial centre Blake Ferguson has earned the right to make an NRL comeback and insists his return will not divide the Raiders.

The Raiders' failure to take a harsh stance on Ferguson's off-field discipline had caused some division and frustration in Canberra's senior playing ranks.

Shillington quit the club's leadership group around the time of Ferguson's latest indiscretion, when he was was charged with indecent assault over an alleged incident at a Cronulla bar in June.

Ferguson will play his first NRL game in almost two months when the Raiders take on the Sydney Roosters at Allianz Stadium on Saturday night.

Shillington said the team was united on the decision to have Ferguson reinstated, a week after the Raiders suffered the worst loss in the club's history, a 68-4 defeat to the Melbourne Storm.

''It got reported that I wasn't happy with [Ferguson] being in the team and I contacted him straight away to sort it out. He understood that,'' Shillington said.

''We're all good, that's all in the past now. The incident he had is a long time behind him now.

''He's had a suspension from the NRL and he's worked his way back into first grade. He has earned his spot back and we can't knock him on his performances on the field.''

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Re: Round 22 - Raiders V Roosters @ SFS
« Reply #17 on: August 08, 2013, 02:54:48 PM »
TLL ready to fire against Roosters

Senior forward Tom Learoyd-Lahrs is confident he'll be fit for a return to the NRL this weekend, but doesn't expect Canberra's humiliating loss to Melbourne Storm to fast-track his recall.

Learoyd-Lahrs was not named in Canberra's extended squad to prepare for the Roosters on Saturday, but he returned to full training with Canberra's NRL squad on Wednesday after having missed 11 matches because of a torn ligament in his foot.

Learoyd-Lahrs' last NRL match was an upset victory against the Storm in round eight, and he rejoins a Raiders squad coming off a record 64-point loss to Melbourne, Canberra's biggest defeat in its 32-season history.

Learoyd-Lahrs said he would welcome the opportunity to make his comeback against the competition-leading Roosters if he was a late call-up, but he did not expect the Raiders to make panicked changes to their pack.

''They can bounce back this weekend and win up there, I don't think it opens the door for me at all,'' Learoyd-Lahrs said.

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Re: Round 22 - Raiders V Roosters @ SFS
« Reply #18 on: August 08, 2013, 03:00:10 PM »
NRL Preview: Raiders take on competition leading Roosters
Roosters v Raiders
Allianz Stadium
Saturday, 5.30pm

We can't get much more diverse than the results recorded by these two teams last weekend. The Roosters continued their seemingly relentless march with a 42-6 win over the Panthers, which in the end took them to the top of the competition because the previously first-placed Rabbitohs lost to the Cowboys. The Raiders were blitzed 68-4 by the Storm. It was a nightmare – but unfortunately for the Raiders they didn't have the luxury of being able to wake from it.

The Roosters got their win on the road, and being the perfectionists they are they probably remember the game as much for being down 6-0 early as the fact they then scored 42 straight points. Given that they are the best defensive team in the competition, it was a relatively soft try for them to concede, and it certainly spurred them on. The win was their sixth straight. Overall, they have 15 wins and four losses, and a points differential of plus-273.

The Raiders were beaten at home, where they hadn't previously lost this season. They looked okay early on, but then they started making mistakes and the Storm started doing brilliant things and that combination soon saw the game start to get away from them. By halftime it was 32-4, and after halftime it just got worse, the Storm winning the second half 36-0. The Raiders had won three in a row before that, but only against mediocre opponents the Cowboys, Eels and Dragons.

The seventh-placed Raiders are in that crowded mid-section of the table, where a couple of losses in a row could see them quickly plummet. And, courtesy of that flogging from the Storm, they now have a disastrous differential of minus-104. The eighth-placed Knights are only one point behind them, and the ninth- and 10th-placed Titans and Warriors only two points.

The good news for the Raiders is that star centre Blake Ferguson returns for this game, after having been stood down for four weeks by the NRL as a disciplinary measure. They are going to need Ferguson's ability to make things happen out of nothing and use his strength to score when it looks like he is going to be denied.

The Roosters have switched Roger Tuivasa-Sheck from wing to fullback to replace the injured Anthony Minichiello. Shaun Kenny-Dowall moves from centre to wing and Mitch Aubusson from second row to centre. Aidan Guerra rises from the bench to second row and Dylan Napa is the new bench player.

The Raiders have switched Jack Wighton from centre to wing to make way for Ferguson, with Reece Robinson dropping to what is a six-man bench. Second-rower Joel Thompson and prop Dane Tilse rise from the bench to the starting side, with Joel Edwards and Brett White dropping to the bench. Bill Tupou is added to the bench.

Watch Out Roosters: The Roosters will be well aware of what they have to be ready for. The Raiders will have been embarrassed by what happened against the Storm and will presumably come out desperate to atone with a big performance in this game. We've already seen huge turnarounds in form from one round to the next in the NRL this season. The Roosters have got to be ready for an improved Raiders outfit.

Watch Out Raiders: Where do you start with the Roosters at the moment? The danger is spread around too much for you to try to limit it to one or two areas. Their halves are killing it; their forwards are creating a huge push and have skill on top of that; the wingers and centres named for this game have scored 31 tries between them this season; and they have been able to replace the injured Minichiello simply by switching their identified fullback of the future – Tuivasa-Sheck – from the wing for this game. They must be loving life at the moment, the Tricolours.

Plays To Watch: Anything Roosters halves James Maloney and Mitchell Pearce do when they get a bit of space. The short balls to straight runners. The bullet-like long balls that put support players on the outside of defenders. The angled runs and short balls back inside. They are each on top of their game.

Meanwhile the Raiders will try to get Ferguson heavily involved in his first game back. He's a powerhouse when he runs the ball, but he's also pretty close to the best in the NRL when it comes to bringing the ball down off kicks for tries. The Raiders will probably have to create a couple of tries that way if they are to win, knowing how hard it is to run through the Roosters to score.

Key Match-Up: Two players who are new to playing fullback at this level will have a big influence on how this game goes. Tuivasa-Sheck has certainly run for a lot of metres on the wing for the Roosters. In his 18 games this season he has clocked up more than 100 metres 14 times, including more than 150 six times, and over 200 once. Anthony Milford has been at fullback for four games for the Raiders now, registering totals of 162, 172, 135 and 120 metres. They both know how to step and/or speed their way into the clear, and they both know how to score tries. It's going to be fun watching them.

Where It Will Be Won: We're dealing with two heavy-duty forward packs here. The Roosters may again be without the suspended Sonny Bill Williams, but they still boast hard men Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, Luke O'Donnell and Frank-Paul Nuuausala, plus fabulous edge runner Boyd Cordner. The Raiders will look to Shillington, Dane Tilse, tackle-buster Josh Papalii and, coming off the bench, Brett White to carry the load up front. There is dynamite in both sets of backs, so if one pack can establish a genuine advantage over the other it could be the road to victory.

The History: Played 54; Roosters 29, Raiders 25. The past 10 clashes have been split, five apiece. The Raiders have won the past two, and three of the past four, but the Roosters have won three of the past four at this venue.

Match Officials: Referees – Gavin Badger and Alan Shortall; Sideline officials – Ricky MacFarlane and Dan Eastwood; Video referees – Ashley Klein and Reece Williams.

Televised: Fox Sports – Live, 5.30pm.

The Way We See It: It really is a danger game for a team when their opponents are coming off a massive loss. You want proof? After losing 62-6 to the Panthers in Round 10, the Warriors won their next five games to breathe life into what was almost a corpse of a season for them at that stage. The Raiders are capable of bouncing back dramatically, particularly with Ferguson returning to their side. Taking all of the form into consideration, the Roosters should win, but they do need to be on their guard. Roosters by 12 points.

Source: http://www.nrl.com/roosters-v-raiders-preview/tabid/10874/newsid/73906/default.aspx

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Re: Round 22 - Raiders V Roosters @ SFS
« Reply #19 on: August 08, 2013, 03:19:18 PM »
Roosters expecting fired up Raiders

Canberra weren't the only ones cringing with every point Melbourne scored in the Raiders' record defeat on Sunday.

Sydney Roosters players were also wincing over the result, well aware the Green Machine will have been embarrassed and ashamed by their 68-4 capitulation.

The high-flying Tri-colours are bracing for a torrid clash with the Raiders at Allianz Stadium on Saturday night as the visitors go in search for immediate redemption.

"Any team that gets humiliated like that they are bound to bounce back," Roosters centre Shaun Kenny-Dowall told reporters on Wednesday.

"It will be a massive motivation for them to come out and play well.

"They've got a place in the top eight and they'll want to stay there.

"They'll see this as a big game and an opportunity for them to kick-start the backend of their season and kick into some good form."

The Roosters know the threat the Raiders possess, having lost to David Furner's side at Canberra Stadium earlier this year.

The memory of that defeat - after the Roosters led 18-0 in the first half - has the Roosters more than a little cautious.

"I've been on the end of a couple of lopsided scores and the next week you're pretty keen as a team to get out there and prove it was a one-off," back-rower Mitch Aubusson said.

"We're expecting a pretty dangerous team this weekend.

"It's a good test for us and we're looking forward to it."

Another reason for trepidation for the Roosters is Blake Ferguson's return to the Canberra line-up for the first time in almost two months.

After completing his NRL-imposed suspension for his indecent assault charge, the NSW winger has spent the last two weeks with the Raiders' feeder-cup side Mounties.

But following the heavy defeat and with the Raiders' spot in the top eight under threat, Ferguson has been rushed back into the starting side.

"He'll be willing to make a statement for his absence and he's a massive part of that team," Kenny-Dowall said of Ferguson.

"The rest of the team will get confidence from having him back in the side.

"I am (happy he's not on my side). He's tough to tackle and has been playing some good football this year.

"He'll be looking to get straight back to his best and help Canberra in their run to the finals."

Source: http://www.sportal.co.nz/league/news/nrl-premiership/roosters-expecting-fired-up-raiders-247111

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Re: Round 22 - Raiders V Roosters @ SFS
« Reply #20 on: August 08, 2013, 03:28:09 PM »
NRL Preview: Two Roosters stars missing in action for clash with Raiders

HEAD TO HEAD: Played 55 – Roosters 29, Raiders 25
LAST TIME: Round 5, 2013 – Raiders 24-22

MISSING IN ACTION:
The Roosters have lost skipper Anthony Minichiello for at least a fortnight after he hyper-extended his knee last weekend. Young gun Roger Tuivasa-Scheck takes over the number one jersey, with Shaun Kenny-Dowall shifting to the wing and Mitch Aubusson moving to the centres. Sonny Bill Williams serves the second game of his two-match ban.

Bad boy Blake Ferguson makes his long-awaited return for Canberra. The NSW winger hasn't played for the Raiders since he was charged for indecent assault in June. But after two weeks in the NSW Cup coach David Furner feels the time to bring the 23-year-old back into the fold.

FORM:
It's all good for the Tri-colours, who have moved to the top of the NRL ladder on the back of their sixth straight win. Trent Robinson's side were slow out of the blocks but blew Penrith away 42-6. With rivals South Sydney facing a dip in form and a tough stretch of games, the Roosters are firming for the minor premiership and are worthy title favourites.

What can you say about the Raiders' form. Previously unbeaten on their home patch in 2013, the Canberra Stadium fortress came crashing down with a 68-4 drubbing at the hands of premiers Melbourne. The embarrassing defeat snapped the club's three-game winning run and also brought them back to the chasing pack for spots in the bottom half of the top eight.

WE THINK:
The Raiders simply can't be as bad as they were last weekend and will be stinging to prove it was a one-off aberration. But even without 'Mini' and SBW, you would think the Roosters would have too much firepower and class to drop this one. Furner's side have been better on the road in recent weeks but it will take a special effort to topple the league leaders. It won't happen. Roosters by 12

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Re: Round 22 - Raiders V Roosters @ SFS
« Reply #21 on: August 08, 2013, 03:48:22 PM »
NYC Preview: Raiders u20s face toughest test so far against Roosters
Saturday 3.15pm, Allianz Stadium

Rugby league can always be counted on to toss up tasty games and fans are licking their lips ahead of this one.

Front-runners Canberra, undefeated over their past four games, travel to Allianz Stadium to tackle the second-placed Roosters, a side that have lost just once from their previous five outings.

If they can make it five from six by toppling the season-long giants, the Roosters will earn premiership favouritism.

The Roosters earned their second place on the ladder by leapfrogging Penrith following a nail-biter at the foot of the mountains. Racing out of the blocks like a hungry greyhound, the Roosters went to the break 26-8 up but lapsed slightly in their concentration to eventually hold out for a 36-30 win.

Lock John Asiata was comfortably their best player with a try, a set-up, 174 metres, 31 tackles and three tackle-breaks.

And while it was a stressful second half for the Roosters, their opponents disposed of Melbourne with little more effort than it takes to snap in half an asparagus spear.

The 46-22 win was polished, pretty and powerful with stellar performances coming from across the park.

Winger Jonathon Reuben scored twice on his way to 207 metres, utility Tahakilu Pangai scored a try and set one up from the bench, and brother Tevita was simply stunning with 170 metres, 15 tackles and six tackle busts.

Canberra have earned the right to expect a win on the road this Saturday afternoon but it will likely be their most gruelling of the season – 80 minutes of trench warfare between the two best sides in the competition. Delicious.

Tip: Raiders by four points.

Source: http://www.nrl.com/holden-cup-preview--round-22/tabid/10874/newsid/73919/default.aspx

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Re: Round 22 - Raiders V Roosters @ SFS
« Reply #22 on: August 09, 2013, 10:54:52 PM »
Coach David Furner and Captain Terry Campese speak to the media at the Raiders Captain's Run before the team departs for Sydney.

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Re: Round 22 - Raiders V Roosters @ SFS
« Reply #23 on: August 09, 2013, 11:21:44 PM »
Campese calls for attack on Roosters

Raiders captain Terry Campese says Saturday night's clash with the ladder-leading Sydney Roosters can't come quick enough as the demons of last week's horrific record loss are put to bed.

The Raiders have attempted to wipe the 68-4 mauling by the Melbourne Storm from their memory banks and see no better way to bounce back than by upsetting the competition favourites at Allianz Stadium.

The 64-point margin was Canberra's biggest loss since the club began in 1982, and was also in the top 10 defeats overall in the game's 105-year history.

After a short video session early in the week reviewing the ''highlights'' of the Storm massacre, Campese was keen to ensure it never happens again.

''We want to try and forget about it as quick as possible,'' 29-year-old Campese said.

Read more: http://www.canberratimes.com.au/rugby-league/league-news/campese-calls-for-attack-on-roosters-20130809-2rnmr.html#ixzz2bTgaJoLw

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Re: Round 22 - Raiders V Roosters @ SFS
« Reply #24 on: August 09, 2013, 11:28:06 PM »
Preview: Roosters know from experience not to underestimate Raiders

Sydney Roosters v Canberra Raiders
Allianz Stadium, Sydney, Saturday 5.30pm (AEST)
Last meeting: Raiders 24 bt Roosters 22 at Canberra Stadium, Round 5, 2013
Head-to-head: Roosters 29 Raiders 25
Referees: Gavan Badger, Alan Shortall
TV: Live, FoxSports 1
TAB: Roosters $1.18, Raiders $5
FootyTab: Raiders +10.5

Phil Mitchell writes: The Roosters will know from bitter experience not to underestimate Canberra, regardless of the Raiders’ record loss to Melbourne last Sunday. Despite the return of Blake Ferguson, few give the Green Machine much hope on Saturday night – but not many did either when these teams last met in round five. On that occasion, the Raiders produced a stunning comeback to defeat the Roosters 24-22 after trailing 16-0 at half-time. It remains the most points scored against the tricolours in a half this season. Since then, however, the Roosters have won 12 of 14 matches and last week knocked Souths off the top of the table. It’s been 23 years since the Raiders last defeated the Roosters twice in a season and coach Trent Robinson will be livid if it happens again on his watch.

Phil's tip: Roosters by 16.

AAP writes: Canberra are coming off one of the club’s darkest ever days, while the ladder-leading Roosters could hardly be travelling better and are aiming for their seventh straight win. The home side is without the suspended Sonny Bill Williams and injured captain Anthony Minichiello but have the depth to cover those losses with Aidan Guerra in the back-row and exciting youngster Roger Tuivasa-Sheck moving to fullback. The Raiders have won just two of 10 on the road while the Roosters have put on 146 points in their last four games. Expect the Raiders to bounce back strongly but the Roosters should run away with it in the back half of the game.

Key: Blake Ferguson. If the Raiders are to have any chance of stoppng the Roosters juggernaut the returning NSW winger will have to have a massive say in it.

ROOSTERS: Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, Daniel Tupou, Mitchell Aubusson, Michael Jennings, Shaun Kenny-Dowall, James Maloney, Mitchell Pearce, Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, Jake Friend, Luke O’Donnell, Boyd Cordner, Aidan Guerra, Frank-Paul Nuuausala.
Interchange: Daniel Mortimer, Sam Moa, Isaac Liu, Dylan Napa.

RAIDERS: Anthony Milford, Sandor Earl, Jarrod Croker, Blake Ferguson, Jack Wighton, Terry Campese (capt), Josh McCrone, David Shillington, Glen Buttriss, Dane Tilse, Josh Papalii, Joel Thompson, Shaun Fensom.
Interchange: Shaun Berrigan, Joel Edwards, Brett White, Paul Vaughan, Reece Robinson, Bill Tupou (two to be omitted).

Source: http://www.smh.com.au/rugby-league/league-match-preview/sydney-roosters-v-canberra-raiders-20130808-2rkdx.html#ixzz2bThOWRy9

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Re: Round 22 - Raiders V Roosters @ SFS
« Reply #25 on: August 10, 2013, 02:00:10 PM »
Last played: Roosters v Raiders

The Raiders came from 16-0 down at halftime to score a thrilling, 24-22 win over the Roosters at Canberra Stadium in Round 5.

It was Raiders centre Jarrod Croker's 100th first-grade game and he celebrated in fine style, scoring the 76th-minute try that finally put the Raiders level with the Roosters and then converting it for the win.

But the fightback began with a huge second-half effort in the forwards from the Raiders, led by representative prop David Shillington and powerhouse second-rower Josh Papalii.

Shillington, who ran for 159 metres, and Papalii, who ran for 115 and made a line-break, bent the defence back and provided the space in which the Raiders created their four tries.

The Raiders ran for a total of 1428 metres compared to 1061 for the Roosters, which proved that – as late as it came – they deserved their win in the end.

Source: http://www.nrl.com/last-played-roosters-v-raiders/tabid/10874/newsid/73946/default.aspx

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Re: Round 22 - Raiders V Roosters @ SFS
« Reply #26 on: August 10, 2013, 02:01:53 PM »
Campese: Bring on the Roosters

One would think the last team Canberra would want to play the week after a record defeat is the NRL leaders but skipper Terry Campese believes it's the perfect way for his side earn immediate redemption.

The Raiders head to Sydney to play the high-flying Roosters on Saturday night, desperate to atone for Sunday's 68-4 drubbing against Melbourne at Canberra Stadium.

The manner of the defeat was not only a massive low in what's been an inconsistent season for the Green Machine but also put their top eight hopes in jeopardy.

David Furner's side now have the challenge of trying to put things right against the NRL's title favourites, who are riding high on the back of a six-game winning streak.

And Campese wouldn't have it any other way.

"It's better that we're playing against the top of the table," the Raiders skipper said on Friday.

"The boys have to be up for the challenge and there is no better team to bounce back against than the number one team in the comp.

"Every game from now on is important, especially with where we sit on the table.

"I can't wait to get out there and make up for my performance from last week and I know that's how the rest of the team feels."

The Raiders can at least lean on the fact they have already toppled the Roosters once this season, a come-from-behind 24-22 win back in Round 5.

They trailed 18-0 at the break but recorded one of their best victories of the season by throwing caution to the wind after the break, a tactic Campese believes they must repeat.

"We have to attack with the football and throw the ball around more than we have in recent weeks," he said.

"Then hopefully our defence is on song.

"We've just got to take every game as a grand final now.

"It's a tough run home for us ... everyone (we play) is in the top eight and in form so we have to be at our best."

The Roosters are certainly bracing themselves for a Raiders backlash, with back-rower Boyd Cordner admitting on Friday his side hadn't forgotten the Round 5 defeat at Canberra Stadium.

"I think we owe them one back for that," Cordner said.

"They are a tough team and have plenty of strike.

"They've come off a pretty tough loss against the Storm so by no means will we be taking them easy."

With Roosters skipper Anthony Minichiello out with a knee injury, Saturday night's match at Allianz Stadium will see Cordner captain the Tri-Colours for the first time alongside prop Jared Wearea-Hargreaves.

Asked about the honour, the 21-year-old said: "It's a massive honour.

"It's been a pretty big year for me already this year but this will definitely be up there with the proudest moment of my life.

"We've got a fantastic leadership group and any one of the boys could stand up and do the job really well.

"I'm just very humbled and honoured about getting this opportunity."

Source: http://www.sportal.co.nz/league/news/campese-bring-on-the-roosters-247401

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Re: Round 22 - Raiders V Roosters @ SFS
« Reply #27 on: August 10, 2013, 02:10:14 PM »
Sydney Roosters vs Canberra Raiders 2013 NRL Round 22 preview

The Roosters juggernaut rolled through Penrith last week, handing the Panthers a 42 – 6 hiding.

It was the sixth win in a row for the competition front-runners with the last four victories being secured by an average winning margin of 32.5 points.

There’s seems to be no stopping Sydney who continue not only to post plenty of points but also aim up in defence every week.

Only 18 points has been scored against them in the past four matches and it’s this aspect of their game that is laying the foundation of their success.

They host Canberra this week that surprisingly, have been able to get the better of the Roosters the last two times the sides have met by the slender margins of four and two points.

The Raiders will have to prove a significant turnaround in form if they wish to make it three in a row however.

The lost their first game at home this season and did so in spectacular fashion, allowing Melbourne to run in a dozen tries in a 68 – 4 loss.

They’ll be out to right the wrongs of that victory but playing away, where they’ve only been able to secure two from eight wins this year, against the most in-form team in the competition, clearly seems a mountain too high.

Source: http://www.sportsnews.com.au/nrl/sydney-roosters-vs-canberra-raiders-2013-nrl-round-22-preview-and-tips/83074#ixzz2bXGcfLNY

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Re: Round 22 - Raiders V Roosters @ SFS
« Reply #28 on: August 10, 2013, 02:25:04 PM »
Late changes to Raiders u20s team to play Roosters

Canberra Raiders V Sydney Roosters
Round 22 Holden Cup - 3:15pm 10/8/13 @ SFS

Late Raiders Team Changes:
1. Jack Ahearn ©
2. Jonathon Reuben
3. Andrew Heffernan
4. Eli Roberts
19. Jeremy Hawkins
6. Mathew Frawley
7. Jordan Worboys
21. Mitchell Shaw
9. Trent Schubach
10. Dennis Tomarchio
11. Patrick Mago
12. Tevita Pangai
13. Luke Bateman

15. Mitchell Barnett
16. Blake Seager
17. Tahakilu Pangai
20. Brenko Lee

COACH: Mick Mantelli

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« Reply #29 on: August 10, 2013, 03:02:55 PM »
Getting close to the start of the top of the table clash between the first placed Raiders and second placed Roosters. Hawkins and Brenko Lee return to the Raiders team today! Go mighty Green Machine!