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Round 3 - Raiders vs Titans @ Bruce/GIO Stadium
« on: March 19, 2014, 09:50:48 PM »


Canberra Raiders V Gold Coast Titans
Round 3 - Sunday 23rd March 2014
GIO (Canberra) Stadium, Bruce ACT
NYC: 4:15pm AEDT
NRL: 6:30pm AEDT - Fox Sports
Tickets: Ticketek

Tuesday Team Lists
NRL: Raiders - Titans
Holden Cup: Raiders - Titans

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Re: Round 3 - Raiders vs Titans @ Bruce/GIO Stadium
« Reply #1 on: March 19, 2014, 09:51:19 PM »
NRL TEAM LIST: Titans team under injury cloud ahead of trip to Canberra

The iSelect Titans will monitor the fitness of five-eighth Aidan Sezer (quad) and hooker Beau Falloon (knee) over coming days in the lead-up to Sunday’s clash with the Canberra Raiders at GIO Stadium (6.30pm EST, 5.30pm in Qld). Both have been selected and hope to play but their progress will be monitored closely.

Co-captain Greg Bird has recovered well from the shoulder ‘burner’ he received against Wests Tigers and trained well today. Mark Minichiello has recovered from a virus that flattened him last weekend.

Coach John Cartwright has chosen a six-man bench, with Ryan James, who returned successfully from a shoulder injury for Tweed Heads on Sunday, and Ben Ridge included.

The only change to the 17 is in the centres where Brad Takairangi, elevated from Burleigh Bears where he has played the past two weeks, replaces Maurice Blair, who will play for the Tweed Heads Seagulls.

Cartwright revealed it was a tough selection decision between Blair and Takairangi for the first two rounds but Takairangi’s familiar combination with halfback Albert Kelly in defence on the right hand side gave him the edge for the Raiders match. Takairangi played 18 games at right centre in 2013.

The team v Canberra, round three:

1 - William Zillman

2 - Kevin Gordon

3 - Brad Tighe

4 – Brad Takairangi

5 - David Mead

6 - Aidan Sezer

7 - Albert Kelly

8 - Luke Douglas

9 - Beau Falloon

10 - Nate Myles (capt)

11 - Greg Bird (capt)

12 – David Taylor

13 - Ashley Harrison

INTERCHANGE (from)

14 - Matthew White

15 - Luke Bailey

16 - Mark Minichiello

17 - Paul Carter

18 - Ryan James

19 – Ben Ridge

Source: http://www.titans.com.au/news/2014/03/18/sezer_and_falloon_battle_injuries.html

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Re: Round 3 - Raiders vs Titans @ Bruce/GIO Stadium
« Reply #2 on: March 19, 2014, 09:54:32 PM »
The Titans Holden Cup side to play the Raiders is:

1 – Jahrome Hughes

2 - Brian Kelly

3 - Jaiden Hawkes

4 – Connor Broadhurst

5 – Zac Spring

6 - Daniel Schwasss

7 – Deacon Fletcher

8 - Oshea Tuiasau

9 - Jenan Wedderburn-Parish

10 - Ethan Price

11 - Caleb Morehu

12 – Jackson Clarke

13 - Parahi Wilson

 
INTERCHANGE

15 - Perry Ioane

16 - Jackson Briskey-Luscombe

17 - Jayden Conners

18 – Sam Harrold

19 – Hayden Schwass

20 – Mitch Sharp

(NOTE: No. 14 jersey not allocated)

Source: http://www.titans.com.au/news/2014/03/18/sezer_and_falloon_battle_injuries.html

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Re: Round 3 - Raiders vs Titans @ Bruce/GIO Stadium
« Reply #3 on: March 19, 2014, 09:58:56 PM »


Round 3: Raiders Team Announcement

Canberra Raiders forwards Josh Papalii and Shaun Fensom will not be available for Sunday’s match against the Gold Coast Titans at Canberra Stadium through injury and suspension.

Papalii has been ruled out for 4-6 weeks after suffering an ankle injury in the win over the Knights on Sunday night, while Fensom has taken the early plea on a grade two dangerous contact charge for a tackle involving Dane Gagai and will miss one week.

The changes see Jarrad Kennedy and Paul Vaughan move into the starting side, with Kennedy to play on the right edge for Papalii and Vaughan to start at lock for Fensom.

The moves of Kennedy and Vaughan to the starting team sees Matt McIlwrick move onto the bench after an impressive match for Mounties last weekend, while David Shillington returns to the team from a rib injury which kept him sidelined for the first two weeks of the season.

NRL: CANBERRA RAIDERS V GOLD COAST TITANS
SUNDAY MARCH 23, 6.30PM, GIO STADIUM

1. Anthony Milford

2. Reece Robinson

3. Jarrod Croker

4. Matt Allwood

5. Edrick Lee

6. Jack Wighton

7. Terry Campese (C)

8. Dane Tilse

9. Glen Buttriss

10. Brett White

11. Jarrad Kennedy

12. Joel Edwards

13. Paul Vaughan


14. Josh McCrone

15. Matt McIlwrick

16. David Shillington

17. Shannon Boyd

INJURIES

Josh Papalii (Ankle) – Round 6-8

Tom Learoyd-Lahrs (Ankle) – Round 4-5

Jeff Lynch (Knee) – Season

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Re: Round 3 - Raiders vs Titans @ Bruce/GIO Stadium
« Reply #4 on: March 19, 2014, 10:03:24 PM »


Raiders NYC Team Announcement: Round 3

NRL: CANBERRA RAIDERS V GOLD COAST TITANS
SUNDAY MARCH 23, 4:15PM, GIO STADIUM

Coach Mick Mantelli has selected two exciting young talents to make their NYC debuts this Sunday against the Gold Coast Titans at GIO Stadium.

Winger Jake Wheeler and interchange front-rower Ezra Howe have been selected by Mantelli to make their debuts after the last-minute loss to the Newcastle Knights in Round 2.

Wheeler and Howe are both local products who will look to deliver big performances in front of their home crowd.

The full team line-up is as folllows:

1 Rick Garard

2 Jake Wheeler

3 Brenko Lee

4 Jack Creith

5 Lachlan Hurst

6 Matthew Frawley

7 Andrew Heffernan

8 Mitchell Shaw

9 Dylan McGrath

10 Brett Solomon

11 Patrick Mago ©

12 Tevita Pangai

13 Luke Bateman ©
          

Interchange

14 Ezra Howe

15 Jules Webley

16 Josh Baker

17 Thoren Fidow-Kele

18 Jamal Nchouki

19 Trae Clarke

20 Kilu Pangai

21 Scott Doyle

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Re: Round 3 - Raiders vs Titans @ Bruce/GIO Stadium
« Reply #5 on: March 19, 2014, 10:11:25 PM »
Raiders v Titans preview



Raiders v Titans
GIO Stadium
Sunday 6:30pm (AEDT)


Have you got a dictionary lying around? If you do, scour it for the word 'disappointment'. Does it mention anything about the Gold Coast Titans playing at Cbus Super Stadium last weekend? No? Well perhaps it should. The Titans were clearly not themselves on the weekend after capitulating to the might of the Wests Tigers. Captain Nate Myles screamed himself hoarse, Greg Bird went down injured and coach John Cartwright couldn’t help but feel sorry for his side’s supporters after their 42-12 defeat to the wooden spoon favourites.

Unlike the Round 1 win over the Sharks, the Titans' defence failed to hold firm against the Tigers. While it’s only early in the season, the Titans will have to be extra careful moving forward in preventing a repeat performance in anyway reminiscent to their efforts in Round 2 – especially giving they are facing a red-hot Raiders side who are seeking redemption after the 36-zip pasting they copped the last time they met.

Canberra are currently playing like their lives depend on solid performances. Their well-balanced side is complemented by the class of fullback Anthony Milford, the level-headedness of captain and halfback Terry Campese and the obvious influence of new coach Ricky Stuart. With the Raiders having let in 20+ points in both of their games this season and losing lock Shaun Fensom (suspension) and Josh Papalii (ankle) for this week’s game, they’ll have to be wary of closing down a mobile Titans team.

In team changes, Maurice Blair is out for the Titans with Brad Takairangi to replace him, while Mark Minichiello returns after being kept out of last week’s game with a virus. While for the Raiders, David Shillington and Matt McIlwrick come into the side for Fensom and Papalii. It will be Shillington’s 100th appearance for the Canberra Raiders.

Watch Out Raiders: While the Gold Titans haven’t had the greatest of starts to 2014 there has been a bright spark in the form of Albert Kelly. Kelly, who has had his troubles previously, has really turned it on for the Titans this season. With two tries, two line-breaks, a try assist and an average of 232.2 metres per game to boot, Kelly is living up to the reputation he has had since coming into first-grade in 2010.  With Kelly on song and his combination with five-eighth Aidan Sezer growing – the Raiders should be wary off a Gold Coast bounce-back. With names like Myles, Bailey, Douglas, Zillman, Bird and Harrison on their roster, the Titans have too good a side not to be competitive this week – especially in light of the performance they put forward last weekend.
 
Watch Out Titans: The Raiders' spine is getting stronger with each week. Terry Campese looks to be returning to such form not seen since he played State of Origin, Glenn Buttriss and Josh McCrone are playing admirably out of hooker while Jack Wighton is building to something special at five-eighth. As for Anthony Milford – we don’t need to tell you how good he is. His wizard-like two try assists and three line-breaks are basically keeping Canberra on the front foot.
 
Plays To Watch: Jack Wighton – who knew he had a kicking game – set up the Raiders first try last weekend with a pristine grubber into the in-goal before kicking a crucial 40/20 late in the game; Albert Kelly’s ability of making something out of nothing – for the second week in a row Kelly weaved his way through the defence of the opposition for several long-range runs and another runaway try; Paul Vaughan’s enormous impact off the interchange bench – for the second week in a row the Italian international has been unleashed off the bench with positives consequences for the Raiders, averaging 12 hit-ups for 150 metres and 24 tackles; Nate Myles – captain courageous – has smashed out 35.2 tackles per game from the front-row so far this season.

Where It Will Be Won: While the Raiders have been playing quite well this season, their opposition have been able to put on several point scoring plays against them throughout their opening two games. The Raiders are currently conceding on average a concerning 24 points per game in 2014. In an interesting plot twist, the Titans victory over the Sharks in Round 1 saw the side concede only two tries in a low-scoring 16-12 victory. Yet in Round 2, they opened the turnstiles and invited the Tigers in for 42 points. In what could prove to be a learning curve, both sides should be looking to prevent their opposition from crossing the white line as consistently as they have been to cement any chance of victory.

The History: Played 13; Raiders 5, Titans 8. It has been all one-sided in recent memory with the Titans winning four of their past five games against the Raiders. It is more likely than not that when these two sides go up against one another it involves a flurry of points. Despite all this, the Raiders were no match for the Titans in their last meeting in Round 2 last year – shut out of the contest 36-0.
 
What Are The Odds: Despite being opened as $1.53 favourites, money is 50/50 for the Raiders and Titans ($2.38) so far with Sportsbet.com.au. Punters aren’t going anywhere near the -4.5 line that’s currently on offer.

Match Officials: Referees – Gavin Badger and Brett Suttor; Touch Judges – Dave Ryan and Matt Noyen; Video Referees – Luke Phillips and Steve Folkes.

Televised: Fox Sports 1 – Live 6:30pm (AEDT).

The Way We See It: The Titans were absolutely miserable last week so this one should really be a no-brainer. However, rugby league is a funny game and weirder things have happened. The Raiders have been impressive so far this season and playing down in Canberra for the first time this year will only help the Green Machine. Raiders by 8 points.

Statistics: Champion Data.

Source: http://www.nrl.com/raiders-v-titans-preview/tabid/10874/newsid/76939/default.aspx

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Re: Round 3 - Raiders vs Titans @ Bruce/GIO Stadium
« Reply #6 on: March 23, 2014, 05:21:53 PM »
Titans had a 16-12 lead over the Raiders at half time in the Holden Cup but Canberra have hit back in the second half to take the lead 20-16. Finish them off boys!

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Re: Round 3 - Raiders vs Titans @ Bruce/GIO Stadium
« Reply #7 on: March 23, 2014, 05:56:01 PM »
Full time in the Holden Cup, Raiders smash Titans 44-22.

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Re: Round 3 - Raiders vs Titans @ Bruce/GIO Stadium
« Reply #8 on: March 23, 2014, 06:42:48 PM »
Still nil all after 7 mins in the NRL, both teams have forced drop outs so far.

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Re: Round 3 - Raiders vs Titans @ Bruce/GIO Stadium
« Reply #9 on: March 23, 2014, 06:48:32 PM »
Game is quite an arm wrestle early as both teams work their way into the match. Still nil all after 13

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Re: Round 3 - Raiders vs Titans @ Bruce/GIO Stadium
« Reply #10 on: March 23, 2014, 06:52:18 PM »
Video ref awards the Titans a try to Falloon who dived over from close range and just managed to get it down. Titans lead 6-0 after 16

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Re: Round 3 - Raiders vs Titans @ Bruce/GIO Stadium
« Reply #11 on: March 23, 2014, 07:02:36 PM »
Try Raiders!! Video ref gives the green light to a cleaver grubber by Buttriss for Croker to score! That's 7 trys in the last 5 games for Croker. He converts and it's 6 all after 25 mins.

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Re: Round 3 - Raiders vs Titans @ Bruce/GIO Stadium
« Reply #12 on: March 23, 2014, 07:12:51 PM »
Raiders almost score but video ref sees a knock on from Croker. Raiders get a penalty though. Lee has come off with some kind of leg injury off the ball.

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Re: Round 3 - Raiders vs Titans @ Bruce/GIO Stadium
« Reply #13 on: March 23, 2014, 07:14:36 PM »
Still 6 all after 34. Very close game this both teams playing well.

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Re: Round 3 - Raiders vs Titans @ Bruce/GIO Stadium
« Reply #14 on: March 23, 2014, 07:19:14 PM »
Milford magic! Tony slices through off a great pass from Wighton and speeds over untouched. Titans had been defending well but cracke after a lot of pressure. Croker converts. Raiders lead 12-6. Lee has a foot injury but still unclear exactly what it is.