Canberra Raiders vs Sydney Roosters: NRL live scores, blog
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Canberra Vs. Roosters
2012 NRL Premiership Season, 19 August, 2012
|Canberra Stadium, Canberra, ACT|
|Canberra 24 defeated Roosters 20|
|Referee: Shayne Hayne|
|Touch judges: Ricky McFarlane & Nick Beashel|
The Canberra Raiders are still in the hunt for a top eight spot but must defeat the Sydney Roosters tonight if they are to keep their finals hopes alive. Join us for NRL live scores and blog from 5.30pm AEST.
Canberra secured rare back-to-back victories last week after defeating the Panthers 20-10 in a scrappy contest.
Despite their struggle with consistency this season, the Raiders remain well in the hunt for a finals spot and should fancy their chances of securing their third straight win when they tackle the Roosters at home.
The Roosters were once again their own worst enemy against Parramatta last week, succumbing to a disappointing 36-22 loss against an Eels side well in contention for the wooden spoon.
With their season all but over, Sydney may struggle to match Canberra’s enthusiasm this afternoon and we may see a flurry of points from the green machine as a result.
If the Raiders can score early and build momentum, expect Canberra to go on and secure a comfortable victory.
The Roosters stand alongside the Eels as the worst defensive sides in the NRL and are very capable of opening up tonight if the Raiders play with intensity.
Raiders stars Josh Dugan, Jarred Croker, Blake Ferguson and Reece Robinson will all fancy their chances of causing havoc out wide against a Roosters edge defence that remains terribly uncoordinated.
But with nothing to play for, the Roosters certainly possess enough young talent in their side to cause Canberra problems.
Tautau Moga, Adam Henry and Roger Tuivasa-Sheck represent the future of the Roosters backline and will be keen to express themselves in attack against a Raiders defence that is certainly penetrable.
Halfback Mitchell Pearce has also displayed some good form in recent weeks and is capable of opening Canberra up with his terrific passing game close to the line.
While the Roosters are certainly capable of making themselves a nuisance tonight, the Raiders should be too strong at home in a match they simply must win.
Raiders by 12.
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