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NRL ROUND 19

CANBERRA RAIDERS VS NEW ZEALAND WARRIORS

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 20, 2 PM, GIO STADIUM, CANBERRA

Canberra head into this match with the hope and likelihood of keeping the pressure on their top 4 rivals, as we close in on the Finals, with a berth in that select group of teams vital to the chances each have of winning the title.  The Warriors were finally broken in their quest to achieve a top 8 berth, that would have defied the odds, having spent the full season in Australia, due to travel restrictions imposed by the governments, due to the Covid-19 pandemic.  Last week, Canberra flexed their muscles with a belting of St George Illawarra in Wollongong, winning 37-8, thanks to terrific efforts from the likes of Wighton, Croker and Papalii.  The Warriors went down 22-14 against Cronulla, and will play out their final pair of games without the loaned players they had while in contention.  A rainy day is predicted in the capital tomorrow, which will affect the players ability to play an expansive style, with cool weather too, though the Raiders and Warriors are probably used to this environment.

Havili the reserve Hooker usually, has been named to start this week, perhaps to give Starling a rest, or perhaps just tactical from Stuart who often alters his starting side on game-day.  The only possible other change for Canberra is the inclusion of Sia Soliola who is fit after recovering from a facial fracture, and waiting in the wings to get a run, surely this week or next in case he is needed in the Finals, if not both.  With the loanees returning to their mother-clubs the Warriors have included Keighran who at times has played decently for the Warriors, as well as rookie Perham.  Taunoa-Brown has a suspension to serve also, leaving Burr to start at Prop, Katoa returning on the bench as well as a debutant named Tom Ale.

The Warriors will need to be near their best, as Canberra are playing a fine brand of Rugby League lately, having scored more than 34 points in four of their last five outings, but they do have form against Canberra having won three from five against them in recent fixtures.  Canberra did take the round 2 clash with them way back in March on the Gold Coast, 20-6, while in 2019 they shared the points, with Canberra thrashing NZ 46-12 in August, before the Warriors got them by 4 in September.  The Raiders are heavy favourites to win this one at $1.13, with a predicted margin getting ugly for the Warriors at 15.5 points and their win odds out at $6.

PREDICITION: Canberra is the only option here, as they are ready to threaten the best sides in the competition, winning this by 20ish.

BETTING TIP: Cotric to score a pair of tries at $3.60 must be considered.