2020 NRL – Sydney Roosters vs Canberra Raiders Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is Sydney Roosters vs Canberra Raiders taking place? Thursday 16th July, 2020 – 10:50 (UK)

Where is Sydney Roosters vs Canberra Raiders taking place? Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney

What is the expected weather for Sydney Roosters vs Canberra Raiders? 14c, mostly cloudy

What channel is Sydney Roosters vs Canberra Raiders 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 Sydney Roosters vs Canberra Raiders? 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 Sydney Roosters vs Canberra Raiders? Click here for ticket information on 2020 NRL matches

THE TEAM NEWS

SYDNEY ROOSTERS

Starting 13: Tedesco, Ikuvalu, J. Morris, Manu, B. Morris, Keary, Flanagan, Waerea-Hargreaves, Friend, Taukeiaho, Cordner, Crichton, Liu – Interchanges: Lam, Tupouinua, Aubusson, Collins – Reserves: Faamausili, Hall

Unavailable: Billy Smith (Injured), Victor Radley (Injured), Sam Verrills (Injured), Daniel Tupou (Injured), Nat Butcher (Injured)

  • Sydney Roosters produced a breath-taking display after a slow start to their game with North Queensland Cowboys as they ran in 42 unanswered points in a devastating 33-minute period to ensure they got back to winning ways.
  • The Roosters have scored 268 points so far this season at an average of 29.8 per game and their total is 50 greater than the next best side in Penrith Panthers, while they also boast the second best defence in the league having conceded an average of just 12.4 points per game.
  • Matt Ikuvalu received a late call-up last week with Brett Morris picking up a groin injury in the warm-up and he took full advantage by scoring five tries which ensures he retains his place this week with Morris returning at Ryan Hall’s expense, while Boyd Cordner and Isaac Liu are also back from injury.

CANBERRA RAIDERS

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

Unavailable: John Bateman (Injured), Sebastian Kris (Illness), Corey Horsburgh (Injured), Sia Soliola (Injured), Emre Guler (Injured), Josh Hodgson (Injured), Bailey Simonsson (Injured), Curtis Scott (Injured)

  • Canberra Raiders were unable to build on their win over St. George Illawarra Dragons as they were edged out by Melbourne Storm last week with the Raiders suffering their third loss in their last four matches.
  • Despite seeing 54% of the ball, the Raiders were punished for failing to make their opportunities count and they managed just 14 points, bringing their average for the season down to 18.2 per game with only six teams scoring fewer.
  • The Raiders also suffered a double injury blow last week with influential hooker Josh Hodgson ruled out for the season after rupturing his ACL while Bailey Simonsson will join him because of a shoulder issue with Tom Starling coming onto the bench along with debutant Semi Valemei.

THE PREDICTION

Sydney Roosters narrowly defeated Canberra Raiders in last year’s Grand Final as they retained the Premiership but both teams will come into this rematch with some key men on the sidelines. The Roosters will be boosted by getting some troops back this week but the Raiders will have to cope with the absence of Josh Hodgson which is a significant blow. The Roosters have won six of their last seven matches and are scoring points for fun which spells trouble for a Raiders side that have missed more tackles than every team in league but two so far this season and the Tricolours should be able to capitalise on that to win this by at least 10 points.

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