Canberra Raiders vs Sydney Roosters: NRL live scores, blog

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    The Canberra Raiders host the Melbourne Storm in what has historically been a close contest. (AAP Image/Action Photographics, Renee McKay)

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    Canberra Vs. Roosters

    2013 NRL Premiership Season, 8 April, 2013

    Canberra Stadium, Canberra, ACT
    Canberra 24 defeated Roosters 22
    Canberra Roosters
    24 FINAL SCORE 22
    4 TRIES 4
    4/4 CONVERSION KICKS 3/4
    0/0 PENALTY GOALS 0/0
    0/0 FIELD GOAL 0/0
     
    Top scorers:
    • Canberra - Jarrod Croker 12pts (1T 4G)
    • Roosters - James Maloney 10pts (1T 3G)
    Important moments:
    • Canberra took the lead at the 38 min. mark 2nd half
    • Jarrod Croker (Canb) scored at the 77 min. mark 2nd half
     
    Referee: Cecchin, M
    Touch judges: Younis, J & Wood, B

    The Canberra Raiders will need to fire on all cylinders tonight if they are to stop a red-hot Sydney Roosters outfit at home. Join us for live scores and commentary from 6.30pm AEST.

    Fresh from a 50-0 victory over the hapless Eels on Monday night, the Roosters are already reaping big dividends from their three marquee signings.

    Michael Jennings, James Maloney and Sonny Bill Williams were all superb against Parramatta and will fancy their chances of wreaking havoc against a Raiders outfit that is very suspect defensively.

    Despite their dominant performance against the Eels however, the Roosters will need to be braced for a far tougher encounter against Canberra away from home.

    The Raiders have only played the one home game this season and it resulted in a victory against a Dragons side that played very well last week against Cronulla.

    Canberra should be primed for a big performance against the Roosters given that anything less than their best will most likely see them succumb to defeat.

    Prediction

    The result of tonight’s contest will largely hinge on which Raiders side turns up tonight.

    Canberra has been very poor away from home this season, losing all three matches they have played outside the nation’s capital.

    The Raiders though are a different beast in Canberra and should offer the Roosters a bigger test than the one they experienced against Parramatta.

    Reece Robinson, Jarrod Croker, Sam Williams and Josh McCrone are all very talented footballers and will cause Sydney’s defence problems if Canberra’s big pack can play to its potential.

    If the Raiders fail to show up, the Roosters have shown enough to suggest that they will put the home team to the sword.

    Jennings, Williams, Maloney, Pearce, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck and Shaun Kenny-Dowall are all capable of tearing Canberra apart on the edges.

    Williams in particular is beginning to cause constant havoc with his offloads and needs to be kept under wraps if the Raiders are a chance of blunting the Roosters attack.

    Canberra will also need to keep an eye on forward Jared Waerea-Hargreaves. The New Zealand international is having a great season and invariably puts the Roosters on the front foot with his damaging charges.

    With both sides blessed with attacking talent, this contest has the potential to be a high scoring encounter.

    On form however, the Roosters look the more likely to score the most points tonight.

    Roosters by 8.

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    • Roar Guru

      8:18pm
      Alan Nicolea said | 8:18pm | ! Report

      The Roosters have crashed back to earth after three straight wins, giving up a 16 nil lead en route to a 24-22 loss to Canberra. The Roosters showed character in the first half to deny Canberra points but in the second half, they fell away badly and the cracks in defence re-appeared and the Raiders took advantage. Back to drawing board for the chooks now ahead of a big clash against the Bulldogs next week. Raiders on the other hand get the win that may ignite their season. McCrone, Williams, Croker, Lee and Robinson all terrific for Canberra. The Raiders pack was also superb as they out muscled the Roosters in the second half. Thanks for joining us tonight and join us tomorrow for MNF on The Roar

      Raiders 24
      Roosters 22

      • Roar Guru

        8:38pm
        Cameron Kellett said | 8:38pm | ! Report

        Anyone wishing to grasp and understand the definition of choke, you’ve just seen it!

        • 8:48pm
          Lou said | 8:48pm | ! Report

          Talk is cheap , a 6, 2 penalty count was the differance here, I’m 100% furners whinge had a lot to do with this, raiders were far from perfect, cecchin is the worst ref in this comp , no I don’t support the roosters but what’s doin with the ruck penalties ?

        • 9:32pm
          Johnno said | 9:32pm | ! Report

          Unbeleivable win by the raiders, Winning in Canberra is tough for any team the dragons, and roosters seem to struggle there.
          What a win you can’t ever think canberra are out of it in Canberra no matter who they play. SBW even, what a win, roosters chocked a bit but raiders always step up in Canberra. They are a 10 point better team the Raiders at Canberra stadium there fortress , sharks got towelled up in the finals last year there too.

        • 1:12pm
          Gareth said | 1:12pm | ! Report

          Not sure I’d call it a choke. Raiders were all over the Roosters for most of the game, with a huge amount of possession. The Roosters just scored on every single attacking opportunity they had. If the Raiders defense wasn’t so fragile, the Roosters were never in it.

          The Roosters have shown they’re pretty good at exploiting the failings of their opposition and have had an easy draw against a massively undermanned Warriors outfit who seem to hate their coach, a Broncos side missing what few attacking players they have left and an absolutely woeful Eels side. They didn’t create anything against a well drilled Bunnies side, and once the Raiders stopped dropping the ball near their own line, they never looked like scoring.

    • Roar Guru

      8:15pm
      Alan Nicolea said | 8:15pm | ! Report

      FULLTIME:

      Jennings combines with Oldfield who kicks ahead and the Raiders regather and Canberra secure their best win of the year!

      Raiders 24
      Roosters 22

    • Roar Guru

      8:14pm
      Alan Nicolea said | 8:14pm | ! Report

      80′ – Raiders will enjoy their best win of the year as they lose possession. Roosters need a miracle now.

      Raiders 24
      Roosters 22

    • Roar Guru

      8:14pm
      Alan Nicolea said | 8:14pm | ! Report

      79′ – Roosters will probably run out of time here. Raiders with possession. Six to go now for Canberra

      Raiders 24
      Roosters 22

    • Roar Guru

      8:13pm
      Alan Nicolea said | 8:13pm | ! Report

      78′ – Roosters knock on from the short kickoff and the Raiders look home now! Great fightback from Canberra but that is not good enough from the Roosters after having a strong lead

      Raiders 24
      Roosters 22

    • Roar Guru

      8:12pm
      Alan Nicolea said | 8:12pm | ! Report

      CONVERSION SUCCESSFUL – Croker kicks it and the Raiders now lead

      Raiders 24
      Roosters 22

      Roosters after leading 16 nil have been overpowered in the second half. Raiders have just wanted it more.

    • Roar Guru

      8:10pm
      Alan Nicolea said | 8:10pm | ! Report

      TRY RAIDERS – Raiders with the momentum here. Roosters living very nervously. Lee with a good run and he finds Croker who scores and the Raiders are level!

      Raiders 22
      Roosters 22

    • Roar Guru

      8:09pm
      Alan Nicolea said | 8:09pm | ! Report

      75′ – Roosters struggling for field position now as the Raiders muscle up in defence. Maloney with a kick and it goes toward the in-goal before going dead.

      Raiders 18
      Roosters 22

    • Roar Guru

      8:08pm
      Alan Nicolea said | 8:08pm | ! Report

      74′ – Raiders are finishing the stronger here. Roosters may not do enough to hold on to this lead. Williams with a bomb now and Sheck regathers very well under pressure

      Raiders 18
      Roosters 22

    • Roar Guru

      8:07pm
      Alan Nicolea said | 8:07pm | ! Report

      73′ – Raiders muscling up in defence here as Croker tackles Williams low. Maloney with a long kick and Earl regathers well

      Raiders 18
      Roosters 22

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