2018 NRL – Canberra Raiders vs Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs Preview

AT A GLANCE

When? Thursday 05th April, 10:50 (UK)

Where? GIO Stadium

What channel is it on? UK - Sky Sports Arena Australia - Nine Network, Foxtel, LIVE PASS

Where can I stream the match? UK - Sky Sports subscribers can stream the match online via Sky Go

Australia - https://www.telstra.com.au/tv-...

Are tickets still available? http://premier.ticketek.com.au...

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

RAIDERS

Head Coach: Ricky Stuart

Starting 13: Wighton, Cotric, Croker, Leilua, Rapana, Sezer, Williams, Soliola, Havili, Paulo, Tapine, Whitehead, Bateman – Interchanges: Hingano, Boyd, Lui, Knight – Reserves: Murchie, Oldfield,

Unavailable: Josh Hodgson, Charlie Gubb

  • Canberra’s quest to get their first win of the season will extend into Round 5 after they lost their fourth consecutive game. The Raiders were second best soon after taking an early lead with Manly proving too good for them, eventually losing 32-16.
  • Josh Papalii is the latest big name casualty to be dropped by Ricky Stuart as he joins Blake Austin on the sidelines. Austin will miss his second straight week whilst Liam Knight earns a recall.
  • Canberra only spent 19:46 in possession, accounting for 42% of the ball. They also completed at just 69% and whilst Manly only completed at 70%, their weight of possession and execution was too much for the Raiders to handle.

BULLDOGS

Head Coach: Dean Pay

Starting 13: Mbye, B. Morris, J. Morris, Hopoate, Montoya, Marshall-King, Foran, Woods, Lichaa, Klemmer, Jackson, Faitala-Mariner, Elliott – Interchanges: Fualalo, Holland – Reserves: Eastwood, Fine, Olive, Martin

Unavailable: Tom Carr, Aiden Tolman

  • Canterbury couldn’t hang on to the lead as they were downed by a late show against South Sydney. The Bulldogs were leading 10-16 with just six minutes left but conceded back-to-back tries to allow the Rabbitohs to take the spoils.
  • Aiden Tolman limped off in last week’s encounter and will miss out with an ankle injury. Adam Elliott takes his place at lock whilst Fa’amanu Brown and Francis Tualalo have been dropped, leaving two spots on the bench that will be filled before kick-off.
  • Canterbury’s ill-discipline played a part in their downfall last week. Of the 24 penalties in the match, they conceded 14 of them which allowed Souths to possess more of the ball.

THE PREDICTION

Canberra head coach Ricky Stuart has once again shown his displeasure at his side’s early form with another big name finding himself out of the picture. Josh Papalii will join Blake Austin on the sidelines this week as the embattled boss seeks his first win of the season. His side will have a decent chance of achieving that against a Canterbury side who only have one win to their name and sit just one place above the Raiders in the table. However, the Bulldogs will be looking to bounce back from their disappointing defeat against the Rabbitohs and can compound the Raiders’ misery.