NRL Round 23 Preview: Raiders vs Roosters

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Venue: GIO Stadium
Date: August 19th
Time: 4:10pm AEST
 
RAIDERS
ROOSTERS
1
B. Abbey
1
J. Tedesco
2
N. Cotric
2
D. Tupou
3
E. Whitehead
3
L. Mitchell
4
J. Leilua
4
J. Manu
5
J. Rapana
5
B. Ferguson
6
B. Austin
6
R. Matterson
7
S. Williams
7
C. Cronk
8
D. Lui
8
D. Napa
9
J. Hodgson
9
J. Friend
10
S. Boyd
10
S. Taukeiaho
11
J. Tapine
11
B. Cordner
12
I. Soliola
12
I. Liu
13
J. Papalii
13
V. Radley
INTERCHANGE

14
E. Guler
14
N. Butcher
15
L. Bateman
15
Z. Tetevano
16
S. Havili
16
M. Aubusson
17
J. Paulo
17
S. O'Sullivan
18
J. Murchie
18
S. Tupouniua
19
L. Knight
19
K. Baptiste
20
M. Makatoa
20
P. Momirovski
21
M. Oldfield
21
L. Collins
 
Match Preview:
By far my most excited match of the round for me. This Raiders team can not turn up, or can produce a premiership like performance, and with that being the potential up against a severe premiership threat in the Roosters, this’ll be a good one.
 
Oh what could of been... aren’t all Raiders fans asking themselves that this year? This team is by far the most frustrating team to watch, and hey, I hate them! Being a Canberra boy and a Tigers supporter, it’s been a long ass few years for me, but what I do get a lot is a heap of Raiders complaint flooding my head at work and around town. Another year the Raiders should of been a top 8 team, and another year they failed to live up to the hype. What’s the bet this team pulls it together and knocks off the Roosters? Would I be surprised? Not one bit. This’ll either be a game that leaves us saying “where has this been all year?!” Or it’ll be a game leaving us saying “oh Canberra, you’re the meme of the NRL.”
 
The Sydney Roosters, boy oh boy! This team is on fire! I seriously can’t see anyone beating them to the premiership trophy this year. The young guns are turning it up, and the old heads are finding a late career flurry. The Roosters have been incredible at the right time of the year, and Canberra are looking to be another victim of theirs. With the minor premiership in reaching distance of the Roosters, they will be hoping to finish the season in the best possible form they can! The Roosters are in a points differential race with the Melbourne Storm, and they will be hoping for a massive result against the Raiders to keep in the race. Expect a fired up Roosters team!
 
Prediction: Roosters by 20.
The Roosters want this minor premiership badddddd! They will then be looking to build on that for the big one. The Raiders have just had another one of “those” seasons, and I don’t see them standing a chance against this Roosters team.
 
Blake.

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