Written by Christopher Tearse
Friday, July 3, 6.00 PM, Round 8, GIO Stadium, Canberra Raiders take on St George Illawarra Dragons NRL Match Preview
The Canberra Raiders
The green machine still on the hunt for a win as they have been without one for the past two rounds make it three if they lose to the Dragons which is a possibility after the fire breathing dragons lead the Roosters last round at one point in the second half, if the Dragons turn up with the same enthusiasm the Raiders may not claim the two points which would devastate all expectations this season, surely the Raiders come out in Viking style to claim victory on this game.
|Dunamis Lui||Corey Horsburgh|
|Joseph Tapine||Jordan Rapana|
1. Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad 2. Bailey Simonsson 3. Jarrod Croker 4. Michael Oldfield 5. Nick Cotric 6. Jack Wighton 7. George Williams 8. Josh Papali’i 9. Josh Hodgson 10. Iosia Soliola 11. Hudson Young 12. Elliott Whitehead 13. Joseph Tapine
Reserves: 14. Curtis Scott 15. Emre Guler 16. Ryan Sutton 17. Siliva Havili 18. Tom Starling 19. Dunamis Lui 20. Matt Frawley 21. Kai O’Donnell
Coach: Ricky Stuart
The St George Illawarra Dragons
1. Matthew Dufty 2. Jason Saab 3. Euan Aitken 4. Zac Lomax 5. Mikaele Ravalawa 6. Corey Norman 7. Adam Clune 8. Blake Lawrie 9. Cameron McInnes 10. Paul Vaughan 11. Tyson Frizell 12. Tyrell Fuimaono 13. Trent Merrin
Reserves: 14. Ben Hunt 15. Josh Kerr 16. Korbin Sims 17. Jackson Ford 18. Eddie Blacker 19. Tristan Sailor 20. Billy Brittain 21. Tim Lafai
Coach: Paul McGregor
The last time these two teams met the Dragons at home were beaten convincingly by the Raiders 14-36. Previously, in earlier years and most recent form, 30 matches played between the Raiders and the Dragons favour the Raiders winning 18, all other general statistics favour the Raiders including this venue the Raiders have won 58% of their matches whilst the Dragons only 25%.
Canberra Raiders for the win
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