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Round 7 Updates - Raiders vs Storm @ Bruce Stadium #NRLCANMEL

Posted By: Archie
April 15, 2014, 07:13:03 PM

Canberra Raiders vs Melbourne Storm
Round 7 - Sunday 20th April 2014
GIO Stadium, Bruce ACT
NYC: 12:30pm AEST
NRL: 3:00pm AEST - Delayed on Nine @ 4pm
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Re: Round 7 - Raiders vs Storm @ Bruce/GIO Stadium #NRLCANMEL

Posted By: Archie
Reply #1 April 15, 2014, 07:33:20 PM
Craig Bellamy has named a 18-man squad to take on the Canberra Raiders at GIO Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

All 17 players who appeared in Storm's Round 6 thriller against the Dragons have been named for their match-up in the nation's capital. Missing last week through suspension, forward Dayne Weston comes onto Craig Bellamy's extended interchange bench for the clash.

Canberra Raiders v Melbourne Storm
Sunday 20 April, 3pm
GIO Stadium

1. Billy Slater

2. Sisa Waqa

3. William Chambers

4. Justin O’Neill

5. Young Tonumaipea

6. Ben Roberts

7. Cooper Cronk

8. Jesse Bromwich

9. Cameron Smith (c)

10. Bryan Norrie

11. Kevin Proctor

12. Ryan Hoffman

13. Ryan Hinchcliffe


14. Kenny Bromwich

15. Tohu Harris

16. Mitch Garbutt

17. Tim Glasby

18. Dayne Weston

Source: http://www.melbournestorm.com.au/news/2014/04/15/round_7_hostplus_team_announcement.html

Re: Round 7 - Raiders vs Storm @ Bruce/GIO Stadium #NRLCANMEL

Posted By: Archie
Reply #2 April 15, 2014, 07:37:02 PM

Joel Edwards returns from a week’s rest to face the Storm on Sunday afternoon at GIO Stadium, in the only change to the team which lost to the Knights in round six.

Edwards replaces Jarrad Kennedy in the Raiders back row, with Kennedy becoming the 18th man for the Raiders on Sunday.


1.       Anthony Milford

2.       Reece Robinson

3.       Jarrod Croker

4.       Matt Allwood

5.       Bill Tupou

6.       Jack Wighton

7.       Terry Campese (C)

8.       David Shillington

9.       Glen Buttriss

10.   Brett White

11.   Josh Papalii

12.   Joel Edwards

13.   Shaun Fensom

14.   Josh McCrone

15.   Paul Vaughan

16.   Dane Tilse

17.   Shannon Boyd

18.   Jarrad Kennedy


Sam Mataora (Ribs) – Round 9-10

Edrick Lee (Foot) -Season 

Jeff Lynch (Knee) – Season

Re: Round 7 - Raiders vs Storm @ Bruce/GIO Stadium #NRLCANMEL

Posted By: Archie
Reply #3 April 15, 2014, 07:46:13 PM
Storm NYC Team List

Canberra Raiders v Melbourne Storm
Sunday 20 April, 12:45pm
GIO Stadium

1. Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad

2. Junior Kirisome

3. Niua Finau Puaka

4. Reubenn Rennie

5. Josh Minhinnick

6. Cameron Munster

7. Brayden Torpy

8. Christian Welch (c)

9. Billy Brittain

10. Rhys Kennedy

11. Joe Stimson

12. Nelson Asofa-Solomona

13. Dean Britt


14. Aaron Teroi

15. Shae Ah Fook

16. Francis Tualau

17. Vincent Rennie

Source: http://www.melbournestorm.com.au/news/2014/04/15/round_7_hostplus_team_announcement.html

Re: Round 7 - Raiders vs Storm @ Bruce/GIO Stadium #NRLCANMEL

Posted By: Archie
Reply #4 April 15, 2014, 07:48:39 PM


Raiders Holden Cup Team

1.       Ricky Garard

2.       Trae Clarke

3.       Brenko Lee

4.       Jared McIlwrick

5.       Lachlan Hurst

6.       Matthew Frawley

7.       Andrew Heffernan

8.       Jules Webley

9.       Trent Schubach

10.   Mitchell Barnett

11.   Patrick Mago (C)

12.   Scott Doyle

13.   Luke Bateman (C)

14.   Jamal Nchouki

15.   Josh Baker

Re: Round 7 - Raiders vs Storm @ Bruce/GIO Stadium #NRLCANMEL

Posted By: Archie
Reply #5 April 15, 2014, 07:51:00 PM
Raiders seek payback for record loss

Every NRL player remembers his 100th outing, and few more so than Canberra utility Josh McCrone.

"I set a record for my 100th game, the biggest loss for the Raiders," McCrone said, wryly.

The 68-4 drubbing at the hands of the Melbourne Storm in round 21 last year was made more humiliating by the fact it was in front of 10,826 fans at Canberra Stadium.

But they'll have an opportunity for revenge this Sunday when the two sides meet again at the same venue.

Just how big an impact that loss had on the Raiders' psyche is impossible to measure, yet statistics help outline a rough picture.

The Raiders had won 12 straight matches at home until that drubbing, but now haven't won a game at Canberra Stadium in six consecutive outings.

It would also spell the beginning of the end for the club's promising 2013 season, going on to lose their final five remaining games, as well as coach David Furner.

"Embarrassing," hooker Glen Buttriss said in summing up the loss.

"We haven't really talked about it at this stage. But as the game gets a bit closer I think we'll be trying to get one back on the Melbourne Storm."

However, vice-captain Brett White played down the significance of last year's record defeat, saying the 2014 outfit was a completely new team under new coach Ricky Stuart.

"Anything that happened last year doesn't affect this year. We're heading in a different direction," White said.

More: http://wwos.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=8830158

Re: Round 7 - Raiders vs Storm @ Bruce/GIO Stadium #NRLCANMEL

Posted By: Archie
Reply #6 April 15, 2014, 08:03:46 PM

Canberra Raiders welcome back Joel Edwards for Storm NRL clash

The Canberra Raiders will welcome back second rower Joel Edwards from concussion in the only team change for the Easter Sunday home clash with Melbourne.

Edwards sat out last week's loss to Newcastle after suffering back-to-back head knocks in the previous two matches, and replaces Jarrad Kennedy.

The 25-year-old's inclusion is a big boost for the Raiders, who are looking to snap a record six-game home losing streak against the Storm.

Canberra [2-4] desperately needs to win after losing its past two games against Penrith and the Knights.

Meanwhile, Melbourne is likely to be without centre Will Chambers after he was cited for a shoulder charge by the judiciary on Dragons fullback Josh Dugan in Monday night's win at AAMI Park.

Chambers can accept a two match ban if he takes the early plea, but will risk three weeks if he fights the charge and loses.

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/rugby-league/league-news/canberra-raiders-welcome-back-joel-edwards-for-storm-nrl-clash-20140415-zquwc.html#ixzz2ywpELMZh

Re: Round 7 Updates - Raiders vs Storm @ Bruce Stadium #NRLCANMEL

Posted By: Archie
Reply #7 April 19, 2014, 07:33:36 PM
Preview: Raiders v Storm
GIO Stadium
Sunday 3pm (AEST)
[Delayed broadcast at 4pm on Nine]

My roommates must have thought I was mad. Never one to sit down with their fellow house-dweller to watch a game of rugby league,  they had no idea why I was screaming when watching Melbourne take on St George-Illawarra last Monday night.
While some of the commotion had to do with the fact the unfancied Ben Roberts was overlooked for Man of the Match honours, it was mostly because the Storm somehow, with a potential try of the year contender, defeated the Dragons after the siren in what was an enormously scrappy Melbourne performance.

With the Storm heading several hundred kilometres north to Canberra on Easter Sunday, the Raiders will have to be careful that lightning doesn't strike twice at GIO Stadium. While the Storm did just enough to avoid racking up a three-game losing streak in Round 6, the Raiders will have very much the same motivation here off the back of consecutive losses to Penrith and Newcastle.
While Melbourne have held a distinct advantage over the Green Machine since the early 2000s, the Raiders have been good for an upset over their more fancied rivals in recent times, especially when you look back at the Raiders handing the Storm their first loss of the season in Round 8 last year. This game is not out of the Raiders' hands by any means - although they have lost their past six games in the nations' capital.

In a day that is to be jam-packed full of Easter activities, including Easter Egg giveaways, at GIO Stadium – Raiders fans can also be happy with the return of Joel Edwards in place of Jarrad Kennedy who is relegated to an extended bench. Melbourne remained unchanged, choosing to keep Roberts at five-eighth while Dayne Weston returns from suspension on an extended bench.

Watch Out Raiders: While last weekend the importance of the Raiders' indifferent edge defence was mentioned – this weekend it is an imperative. If anything the Raiders' edge defence went backwards with their efforts against Newcastle. Between their outside backs in Reece Robinson, Jarrad Croker, Matthew Allwood and Bill Tupou they missed 15 tackles. With Melbourne's right edge of Will Chambers and Young Tonumaipea, between them scoring three tries and producing three line-breaks last weekend, playing solidly (although Chambers isn't playing this weekend), the Raiders will have to get some steel about them if they're any hope of securing the two points.

Last weekend, Ricky Stuart was complaining about the ruck, the wrestle and some spoiling tactics from the Knights. While most coaches are of the belief that the game has become exponentially faster, Ricky drew comparisons from the state of the ruck from three years ago. If the Raiders' coach is scratching his head over the wrestle now, wait until his side take on the Storm – arguably the undisputed kings of the wrestle. It will take an immense amount of patience from both team and coach this weekend to nut out a win.

Watch Out Storm: The Storm have a left centre problem. They are severely missing Maurice Blair in 2014 – the now Titans centre missed only 27 tackles in 18 games last season. While Mahe Fonua was there for the opening month (missing nine tackles) in the position, Justin O'Neill has filled the gap in the past fortnight, missing two tackles and insufficiently tackling two others. With young Richard Kennar waiting in the wings the Storm centres will have to be very careful.
Plays To Watch: It's amazing to watch how much the Raiders rely on Jarrod Croker when it comes to try-scoring plays. This was punctuated early last weekend when on a sweeping play Terry Campese threw out a ball to stop-gap five-eighth Josh McCrone who then put Croker through for their first try of the afternoon.
Kevin Proctor has been a main beneficiary of Cooper Cronk's 'short or long' plays this season. While he was denied his third try of 2014 last weekend from another short pass from Cronk, Will Chambers cashed in when Cronk cut out Proctor with a long ball with a crucial try that kick-started the Storm's fight back towards victory.

Where It’ll Be Won: Patience is a virtue and it rings true for both sides here. While the Raiders will need to be patient when it comes to the nitty-gritty side of defence – the wrestle and the ruck – the Storm will need to be patient when it comes to capitalising on chances. Their first half last weekend was abysmal and the accrued errors were unacceptable.
The History: Played 33; Storm 24, Raiders 9.  The Raiders won't want to remember the majority of their games against Melbourne. Since 2003, Canberra have only won four games against the Storm – including a 14-game losing streak. While they've won two of the past three games against their more-fancied opponents, the Raiders were absolutely rubbished when these two side's last met, going down 68-4 in Round 21 last year.

What Are The Odds: The Storm ($1.68) look a decent bet, but punters at Sportsbet.com.au are yet to jump, with not a lot of interest in this game so far.

Match Officials: Referees – Gerard Sutton and David Munro; Touch Judges –Steve Carrall and Clayton Sharpe; Video Referees – Luke Phillips and Matt Rodwell.

Televised: Channel Nine – Delayed 4pm (AEDT).

The Way We See It: The Raiders have been defeated twice in a row now and six times at home in recent times. The Storm, despite winning last week, will be looking to improve and build on their indifferent early season form. With the bigger names in the side, Melbourne may prove to be just that little bit too tough for the Raiders. Melbourne by 10 points.

Source: http://www.nrl.com/raiders-v-storm-preview/tabid/10874/newsid/77678/default.aspx

Re: Round 7 Updates - Raiders vs Storm @ Bruce Stadium #NRLCANMEL

Posted By: Archie
Reply #8 April 19, 2014, 07:40:48 PM
Due to the 1 hour delayed TV broadcast on Channel Nine we won't be providing our usual LIVE updates for this match here. This is so everyone who isn't going to the stadium has a chance to watch the game on TV without spoilers. Live scores and spoilers will still be posted at the Raiders News Centre and via our social media accounts. We advise you to not use the internet at all after 3pm if you wish to avoid spoilers.

Join us again next week for LIVE updates when the Raiders take on Manly.

Re: Round 7 Updates - Raiders vs Storm @ Bruce Stadium #NRLCANMEL

Posted By: Archie
Reply #9 April 21, 2014, 08:38:58 PM

Fans give Raiders power to please

Never underestimate the value of a home-town crowd.

Canberra were tremendous in their final-minute victory over Melbourne. They certainly played some outstanding football. But you had to be at the venue on Sunday to fully comprehend the role that their fans played in this victory.

The roar of the crowd inspired these young men to new heights. Up against the might of this champion Melbourne outfit and playing from behind for most of the contest, you could have excused the Canberra players for feeling as though the challenge might be beyond them.

However, the longer the match went you could feel the belief in the crowd rising and the players responded to their calling. Trailing by 10 points shortly after half-time, the home side were forced to defend their own goal line for what seemed like an age as the Melbourne machine pounded away at the defence.

There were some heroic defensive plays by a number of Canberra individuals that managed to keep turning the Storm away. The visitors looked certain to score on a number of occasions, but some desperate Canberra defence denied them time and time again.

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/rugby-league/league-news/fans-give-raiders-power-to-please-20140420-36yx3.html#ixzz2zW2mow4G

Re: Round 7 Updates - Raiders vs Storm @ Bruce Stadium #NRLCANMEL

Posted By: Archie
Reply #10 April 21, 2014, 08:42:15 PM

Raiders prop Paul Vaughan lives his dream, but Jarrod Croker's defence saves Canberra

Raiders prop Paul Vaughan crossed for the dramatic match-winning try, but centre Jarrod Croker's sensational defence was the catalyst for bringing Canberra Stadium back to life.

Vaughan showed the type of sharp footwork normally reserved for outside backs, not lumbering forwards, in dancing his way through several Storm defenders to barge his way over the line in the 79th minute of Sunday's thrilling 24-22 win against the Melbourne Storm.

Croker's subsequent conversion from directly in front gave the Raiders the lead for the first time – fitting given his three try-saving tackles kept the Green Machine in the game.

The Raiders (3-4) snapped a six-game losing streak at home and gave their season an enormous shot in the arm before next Sunday's trip to Brookvale Oval to face the Manly Sea Eagles.

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/rugby-league/canberra-raiders/raiders-prop-paul-vaughan-lives-his-dream-but-jarrod-crokers-defence-saves-canberra-20140420-zqwwk.html#ixzz2zW4UHuQC


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