August 31, 2021 10:50 AM
Ash Wheldon

2021 NRL – Canberra Raiders vs Sydney Roosters Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is Canberra Raiders vs Sydney Roosters taking place? Thursday 2nd September, 2021 – 10:50 (UK)

Where is Canberra Raiders vs Sydney Roosters taking place? BB Print Stadium, Mackay

Where can I get tickets for Canberra Raiders vs Sydney Roosters? Click here for ticket information on 2021 NRL matches

What channel is Canberra Raiders vs Sydney Roosters 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 Sydney Roosters? 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

THE TEAM NEWS

CANBERRA RAIDERS

Starting 13: Nicoll-Klokstad, Smith-Shields, Kris, Tomoko, Rapana, Wighton, Frawley, Papalii, Hodgson, Tapine, Young, Whitehead, Soliola – Interchanges: Guler, Sutton, Horsburgh, Havili – Reserves: Williams, Valemei, Anderson, Mooney

Unavailable: Xavier Savage (Injured), Corey Harawira-Naera (Suspended), Jarrod Croker (Injured), Tom Starling (Injured), Bailey Simonsson (Injured)

  • Canberra Raiders kept their hopes of making the finals alive with an important come-from-behind victory over top eight rivals New Zealand Warriors last week and while their fate is out of their own hands, they will be confident ahead of this final game of the regular season.
  • The Raiders can go into this with the attitude that the pressure is off with a win potentially not even enough to finish in the play-off spots with their win over the Warriors, a first in three matches, just keeping the door ajar in case Cronulla Sharks slip up.

SYDNEY ROOSTERS

Starting 13: Tedesco, Tupou, J. Morris, Keighran, Ikuvalu, Hutchison, Lam, Waerea-Hargreaves, Verrills, Taukeiaho, Crichton, Tupouniua, Liu – Interchanges: Walker, E. Butcher, B. Marschke, Hau Tapuha – Reserves: Graham-Taufa, Abbey, Whyte, Suluka-Fifita

Unavailable: Luke Keary (Injured), Lindsay Collins (Injured), Joseph Suaalii (Injured), Billy Smith (Injured), Victor Radley (Suspended), Dale Copley (Injured), Nat Butcher (Injured), Ben Thomas (Injured), Joey Manu (Injured)

  • Sydney Roosters’ injury-hit side succumbed to a heavy defeat against rivals South Sydney Rabbitohs last week and the Tricolours now look set to miss out on a spot in the top four as a result of that loss in which they conceded 54 points.
  • In a controversial affair, the Roosters saw star centre ruled out for the year after a poor challenge by Latrell Mitchell to compound their woes but they can at least name the likes of Jared Waerea-Hargreaves Josh Morris for this contest.

THE PREDICTION

Canberra Raiders will look to end their season on a high and by securing a spot in the finals but they need to win this clash with Sydney Roosters and hope that Cronulla Sharks fall to Melbourne Storm to finish in the top eight. The Roosters lost their top four spot last week after a heavy loss to South Sydney Rabbitohs and while they can regain their spot with a win here, it is likely that they will have accepted their fate. However, that will not stop them from wanting to win this and despite both teams going all-out for the win, it is the Roosters that can prevail with several players back on deck after sitting out last week.

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