Match Discussion: Round 2 vs Raiders @ GIO Stadium Canberra

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Who will win? Round 2: Raiders v Knights

Poll closed Mar 18, 2018.
  1. Canberra Raiders 13+

    14.3%
  2. Canberra Raiders 1-12

    14.3%
  3. Draw after Golden Point

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  4. Newcastle Knights 1-12

    42.9%
  5. Newcastle Knights 13+

    28.6%
  1. LeagueUnlimited News

    LeagueUnlimited News Administrator Staff Member

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    NRL 2018 - Round 2
    Canberra Raiders v Newcastle Knights
    GIO Stadium Canberra, Bruce (TICKETS)
    Sunday 18 March 2018

    Gates 5:15pm / NRL 6:30pm


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    1. Jack Wighton 2. Nick Cotric 3. Jarrod Croker 4. Joseph Leilua 5. Jordan Rapana 6. Blake Austin 7. Sam Williams 8. Iosia Soliola 9. Siliva Havili 10. Shannon Boyd 11. Josh Papalii 12. Elliot Whitehead 13. Luke Bateman
    Interchange: 14. Aidan Sezer 15. Junior Paulo 16. Dunamis Lui 17. Charlie Gubb 18. Craig Garvey 19. Michael Oldfield 20. Royce Hunt 21. Jack Murchie

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    1. Kalyn Ponga 2. Shaun Kenny-dowall 3. Sione Mata'utia 4. Tautau Moga 5. Nathan Ross 6. Connor Watson 7. Mitchell Pearce 8. Herman Ese'ese 9. Slade Griffin 10. Jacob Lillyman 11. Lachlan Fitzgibbon 12. Aidan Guerra 13. Mitchell Barnett
    Interchange: 14. Brock Lamb 15. Chris Heighington 16. Jamie Buhrer 17. Daniel Saifiti 18. Ken Sio 19. Jacob Saifiti 20. Danny Levi 21. Luke Yates


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    Referees: Ashley Klein, Matt Noyen
    Sideline Officials: Ricky MacFarlane, Belinda Sleeman
    Video Referees: Steve Chiddy, Bryan Norrie

    Feeder club matches
    SAT | Mounties (CAN) v Roosters/Wyong @ Aubrey Keech Reserve, Flegg 1pm / ISP 3pm
    Newcastle v Western Suburbs (WST) @ Leichhardt, ISP 1pm (Ch 9 NSW)
    Newcastle v Wests Tigers @ Cessnock SG, Flegg 3pm​
     
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  2. Burwood

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    The Titans did us no favours yesterday by embarrassing Canberra. Going to be very tough for the boys to back up after the highs of the opening round. Will be happy just to see a consistent performance across the 80 minutes- a win will be an added bonus.
     
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  3. Spot On

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    Our forwards stand up and we should be right.
     
  4. Frederick

    Frederick Moderator Staff Member

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    Raiders pack is very similar to Manly and Parras - full of fast fattys who are hard to bring down when they build up some momentum

    Raiders will be without Tapine, who broke his finger in last nights game
     
  5. NoSchitSherlock

    NoSchitSherlock Juniors

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    I'll be ok if we improve on last week win or lose. We have a lot to work on.
    I'd like a win and think we are capable of it but I think we'll need to get used to a bit of a see-saw
     
  6. Mr_Knightside

    Mr_Knightside Juniors

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    This is one of those games where I won't be surprised if we pull off another gritty win but I also won't be surprised if we get hammered.

    Pretty hard to tip in my mind, Canberra are a very loose team and Sunday night's game showed us they haven't really overcome their bad habits from last year. Their goal line defence is abysmal at times especially on the edges so I expect us to go wide to our outside backs and I hope we bring Moga into the game in attack a bit more. I also hope we can get Ponga and Watson sniffing around the ruck looking for an inside pass or offload, I would love to see these guys carve up those big raiders forwards.

    The obvious strength of the Raiders is their massive pack and we don't have a lot of size in ours which looks like a weakness in paper but if we play ball a bit and run them around and create second phase play I think we can tire them out and we'll start to see a few cracks exposed.

    Either way it's great to go into this game off the back of a win, it should be a confidence booster for the boys. Also the Raiders are one of the few sides that we have actually had a good record over in the last few years so I don't think the boys will be scared to take them on because we know that we can beat them.
     
  7. alexwilliams_66692007

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    Same squad as last week named:

    1. Kalyn Ponga
    2. Shaun Kenny-Dowall
    3. Sione Mata’utia
    4. Tautau Moga
    5. Nathan Ross
    6. Connor Watson
    7. Mitchell Pearce (c)
    8. Herman Ese’ese
    9. Slade Griffin
    10. Jacob Lillyman
    11. Lachlan Fitzgibbon
    12. Aidan Guerra
    13. Mitch Barnett

    14. Brock Lamb
    15. Chris Heighington
    16. Jamie Buhrer (c)
    17. Daniel Saifiti

    18. Ken Sio
    19. Jacob Saifiti
    20. Danny Levi
    21. Luke Yates
     
  8. Matt23

    Matt23 Moderator Staff Member

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    I’m of the opinion that we need Jacob Saifiti in the 17 against the raiders, I’d start Lamb, with Jacob Saifiti coming in at Heigno’s expense
     
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  9. alexwilliams_66692007

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    I agree with bringing in Jacob but I reckon drop Heighno off the bench. Watson deserves more of a chance
     
  10. Old dog

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    Jacob for Buhrer, keep Lamb/Watson to cover injuries, HIA etc
     
  11. Knight Vision

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    Understand what you're saying but I think we need experience more than we need size and Heigno wasnt brought to the club because he's a gun, he was brought for experience at the back end of games, something we have been missing last year.
     
  12. Swarzey

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    Raiders have the worst spine in the NRL with Hodgson out. Their forwards are big and can cause a lot of damage but ultimately, they don't have the players in the spine to capitalise. They don't have a DCE or anyone like the Turbo brothers, their threats lie on the edges but can be easily shut down if our defence is even at the standard it was last week. Get that right and it's an easy victory.

    Us by 18. Raiders don't have it this year without Hodgson.
     
  13. Hardcore_Fan

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    I’d rather someone who you can almost guarantee won’t miss a tackle and can make 90-100m off the bench like heino, than someone who might make 120m or might make 60 metres, he might not miss a tackle or he might miss 3. Successful teams are built on consistent players not players that may provide impact sometimes.
     
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    I agree with this in theory, but we're an unknown quantity. I think we should account for the Raiders as they are at the moment, but first away game with the new team... I dunno, will take a couple of months as always to have any confidence in what we're doing.

    I do think Ponga can have a good time against their pack as it tires, though.
     
  15. Burwood

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    They’ll kill us in offloads and broken play. Watch Leilua the arsewipe have a field day against us.
     
  16. Hardcore_Fan

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    Yeah raiders 36+
     
  17. Pedge1971

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    This worries me a little. We need to take their best in the first 20 and then use our little guys up the middle after some good momentum building hit ups.

    Their spine is weak but their fwds and outside backs are huge.
     
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    Newcastle 26 - Irrelevant Stop off point on the road to melbourne which has since been bypassed 18

    Refs will get us home.

    I considered making this my non Sydney/QLD away game for the season but then I remembered Canberra is a boring shithole populated by Bogans and Over paid public servants. Only so many times one person can go to Questacon. So I'll be watching from home.
     
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  19. Choppy182

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    Need some size off the bench. If we maintain >75% completion rate with little penalties, Raiders will lose it themselves.
     
  20. PhilGould

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    Yates and Saifiti were both late scratchings from the NSW Cup side. I imagine they'll both be travelling with the top grade side with Buhrer in doubt.
     
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