2018 NRL – Canberra Raiders vs Sydney Roosters Preview

AT A GLANCE

When? Sunday 19th August, 07:10 (UK)

Where? GIO Stadium

What channel is it on? UK - Canberra Raiders vs Sydney Roosters will not be televised live in the UK
Australia - Nine Network, Foxtel, LIVE PASS

Where can I stream the match? UK - N/A
Australia - https://www.telstra.com.au/tv-movies-music/sports-offer

Are tickets still available? http://premier.ticketek.com.au/shows/Show.aspx?sh=RAI2318

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

RAIDERS

Head Coach: Ricky Stuart

Starting 13: Abbey, Cotric, Whitehead, Leilua, Rapana, Austin, Williams, Lui, Hodgson, Boyd, Tapine, Soliola, Papalii – Interchanges: Guler, Bateman, Havili, Paulo – Reserves: Murchie, Knight

Unavailable: Jack Wighton, Jarrod Croker, Aidan Sezer

  • Canberra left themselves too much to do against Wests Tigers last week. The Raiders were 12 points behind heading into the final quarter of the game and despite two tries, they couldn’t draw level as they went down 20-22.

  • Brad Abbey switches back to fullback with Nick Cotric back on the wing. Emre Guler comes onto the bench to make his debut at the expense of Jack Murchie.

  • Last week was Canberra’s fourth loss in a row and hosting the Roosters is bound to prove a difficult fixture as season fizzles out for the Raiders.

ROOSTERS

Head Coach: Trent Robinson

Starting 13: Tedesco, Tupou, Mitchell, Manu, Ferguson, Matterson, Cronk, Napa, Friend, Taukeiaho, Cordner, Liu, Radley – Interchanges: Butcher, Tetevano, Aubusson, O’Sullivan – Reserves: Tupouniua, Baptiste

Unavailable: Luke Keary, Jared Waerea-Hargreaves

  • Sydney Roosters did just enough to see off South Sydney Rabbitohs in their derby last week. The Roosters were the better side for the majority of the game and although they couldn’t pull clear, they were in front for the large spells and claimed a 14-18 win.

  • Jared Waerea-Hargreaves is out with a rib injury so Dylan Napa starts at prop and Nat Butcher comes onto the bench with the Roosters otherwise unchanged.

  • The Roosters have now won nine of their last 10 games, a run that has seen them propel themselves into favouritism for the minor Premiership. A win here would allow the Roosters to climb back to the top of the ladder.

THE PREDICTION

Canberra’s season is over and with four back-to-back losses, the last thing they want is to be facing the red-hot Sydney Roosters. The Sydney side will go back to the top of the NRL ladder with a win here and they will fancy their chances against the Raiders. The Roosters have upped their level of performance over the last month and are on a great run of form with nine wins from ten matches. The Raiders on the other hand have nothing to play for other than pride and are having to play with a makeshift side due to the players they have unavailable. This could be a blowout if the Raiders aren’t careful with the Roosters continuing their impressive run here.