2020 NRL – Canberra Raiders vs Canterbury Bulldogs Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is Canberra Raiders vs Canterbury Bulldogs taking place? Sunday 30th August, 2020 – 09:30 (UK)

Where is Canberra Raiders vs Canterbury Bulldogs taking place? GIO Stadium, Canberra

What is the expected weather for Canberra Raiders vs Canterbury Bulldogs? 15c, partly cloudy

What channel is Canberra Raiders vs Canterbury Bulldogs on? Sky Sports Arena will be televising selected NRL games in the UK and you can find their schedule here. For Australian broadcasters, you can find a list here

Where can I stream Canberra Raiders vs Canterbury Bulldogs? If televised on Sky Sports, then subscribers will be able to stream the match live via Sky Go. Alternatively, the match will be available to subscribers of Watch NRL

Where can I get tickets for Canberra Raiders vs Canterbury Bulldogs? Click here for ticket information on 2020 NRL matches

THE TEAM NEWS

CANBERRA RAIDERS

Starting 13: Nicoll-Klokstad, Rapana, Croker, Scott, Cotric, Wighton, G. Williams, Papalii, Havili, Lui, Bateman, Whitehead, Young – Interchanges: Starling, Tapine, Sutton, Timoko – Reserves: S. Williams, O’Donnell

Unavailable: Sebastian Kris (Illness), Corey Horsburgh (Injured), Sia Soliola (Injured), Emre Guler (Injured), Josh Hodgson (Injured), Bailey Simonsson (Injured), Semi Valemei (Injured), Michael Oldfield (Injured), Corey Harawira-Naera (Ineligible)

  • Canberra Raiders made it back-to-back victories to keep their push for a spot in the top four alive as they proved too good for Gold Coast Titans last week and they will be confident of backing that up as they host bottom of the ladder Canterbury Bulldogs.
  • The Raiders spent large periods of the game in the Titans half and although they were not completely fluent in attack, they did manage to cross for six tries in the 16-36 success.
  • There is just one change to last week’s 17 with Corey Harawira-Naera ineligible to face his former club so Matthew Timoko will come onto the bench to make his debut whilst there are a handful of positional changes with Josh Papalii and Dunamis Lui set to start.

CANTERBURY BULLDOGS

Starting 13: Hopoate, Meaney, Montoya, Holland, Watene-Zelezniak, Foran, Lewis, Ogden, Marshall-King, Napa, Jackson, Faitala-Mariner, Tolman – Interchanges: Katoa, To’omaga, Britt, Doorey – Reserves: Cogger, R. Smith

Unavailable: Joe Stimson (Injured), Adam Elliott (Injured), Jayden Okunbor (Suspended), Luke Thompson (Rested)

  • Canterbury Bulldogs failed to kick-on when leading by eight points against New Zealand Warriors last week as they allowed their opponents to score 14 unanswered points as they succumbed to yet another defeat.
  • The Bulldogs have now lost four in a row after their underwhelming effort as they unravelled in the final 30 minutes of the game and they face yet another loss if they do not show some serious improvements here.
  • There are some big changes to this week’s team with Luke Thompson, Jack Cogger, Reimis Smith, Tim Lafai, Jake Averillo and Sauaso Sue all making way as Dylan Napa returns from a ban.

THE PREDICTION

Canberra Raiders are locked in a battle with Sydney Roosters for a place in the top four and the Raiders will be desperate to maintain their solid run of form ahead of their huge clash next week. They must first overcome struggling Canterbury Bulldogs as they aim to make it six wins from their last seven matches. The Bulldogs are stuck in a rut with their efforts drawing criticism from all quarters of late and despite making wholesale changes in a bid to garner a response, the Raiders should be too classy for them in this one with Canberra able to cover -15.5.

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