2020 NRL – Canberra Raiders vs St. George Illawarra Dragons Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is Canberra Raiders vs St. George Illawarra Dragons taking place? Friday 3rd July, 2020 – 09:00 (UK)

Where is Canberra Raiders vs St. George Illawarra Dragons taking place? GIO Stadium, Canberra

What is the expected weather for Canberra Raiders vs St. George Illawarra Dragons? 6c, mostly cloudy

What channel is Canberra Raiders vs St. George Illawarra Dragons 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 St. George Illawarra Dragons? 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 St. George Illawarra Dragons? Click here for ticket information on 2020 NRL matches

THE TEAM NEWS

CANBERRA RAIDERS

Starting 13: Nicoll-Klokstad, Simonsson, Croker, Oldfield, Cotric, Wighton, G. Williams, Papalii, Hodgson, Soliola, Young, Whitehead, Tapine – Interchanges: Scott, Guler, Sutton, Havili – Reserves: Starling, Frawley

Unavailable: John Bateman (Injured), Sebastian Kris (Illness), Corey Horsburgh (Injured)

  • Canberra Raiders’ poor run of form continued as they were edged by Parramatta Eels in a golden point thriller but that was only half the story with the Raiders needing two late tries to level the scores.
  • Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad crossed twice in the final five minutes to send the game into extra time but the Raiders could not capitalise on that momentum and suffered their third defeat in four matches.
  • The Raiders continue to make errors and will be eager to cut down on the 15 they made in last week’s defeat, while they will have to overcome the loss of lock Corey Horsburgh who is out for an extended period with a foot injury but Joe Tapine is back from an injury of his own.

ST. GEORGE ILLAWARRA DRAGONS

Starting 13: Dufty, Saab, Aitken, Lomax, Ravalawa, Norman, Clune, Lawrie, McInnes, Vaughan, Frizell, Fuimaono, Merrin – Interchanges: Hunt, Kerr, K. Sims, Ford – Reserves: Blacker, Sailor

Unavailable: Jack de Belin (Disciplinary), Brayden Wiliame (Injured), Tariq Sims (Injured), Jordan Pereira (Suspended)

  • St. George Illawarra Dragons were unable to make it three wins in a row but they will be content at the effort they showed against Sydney Roosters having gone into the half-time break level with the reigning premiers.
  • They even took the lead early in the second half through a penalty but they were the only points they would manage in the second half as they failed to make their possession count with the Dragons spending over five minutes longer with the ball than the Roosters.
  • On the back of such a solid display last week, it is little surprise that Paul McGregor has opted to retain the same 17 and he will be hoping his side can produce a similar level of performance to cause an upset against the Canberra Raiders.

THE PREDICTION

Canberra Raiders lost for the third time in four games last weekend as their struggles with the ball continued. They managed just 12 points in the opening 75 minutes of their clash with Parramatta Eels but notched twice in the final five to force golden point. It did not prove to be enough and the Raiders will be desperate to end their poor run. They now host a St. George Illawarra Dragons side that will arrive on the back of a solid showing last time out against Sydney Roosters and if they can match the effort they showed in that game, they look the pick with a 12-point start.

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