Canberra Raiders vs Canterbury Bulldogs: NRL live scores, blog

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    Canberra Vs. Canterbury

    2013 NRL Premiership Season, 18 August, 2013

    Canberra Stadium, Canberra, ACT
    Canterbury 28 defeated Canberra 16
    Canberra Canterbury
    16 FINAL SCORE 28
    3 TRIES 6
    2/3 CONVERSION KICKS 2/6
    0/0 PENALTY GOALS 0/0
    0/0 FIELD GOAL 0/0
     
    Top scorers:
    • Canberra - Jarrod Croker 4pts (0T 2G)
    • Canterbury - Sam Perrett 12pts (3T 0G)
    Important moments:
    • Canterbury took the lead at the 7 min. mark 1st half
    • Josh Papalii (Canb) scored at the 77 min. mark 2nd half
     
    Referee: Klein, A
    Touch judges: Atkins, G & Reid, A

    The Canberra Raiders nearly caused the upset against Sydney last week and should be favoured to fire at home against the Canterbury Bulldogs in a big game for both sides. Join us for live scores and commentary from 3.00pm AEST.

    Despite losing by six points to the Roosters, Canberra certainly showed enough to suggest that they have what it takes to sneak into the finals.

    The Raiders will be desperate to turn up at home today, given that their last home outing saw them succumb to an historic defeat to Melbourne a fortnight ago.

    With Blake Ferguson back to his best last week after a month out of action due to ill-discipline, Canberra certainly possess enough fire power to secure a much needed victory at home.

    The Bulldogs are coming off a surprise loss to the Titans on Monday and really need to bounce back today to get their premiership campaign back on track.

    Overall, today’s contest promises to be a very entertaining and high scoring affair.

    Prediction

    Origin stars Josh Papalii and Ferguson were superb against the Roosters last week and are the men most likely to spark Canberra to life against the Bulldogs today.

    If Papalii and Ferguson can replicate their performances last week, Canberra possess enough fire power to secure a strong victory at home.

    Ferguson in particular needs to be kept quite if the Bulldogs are a chance of securing the win. The NSW Origin centre scored two terrific tries against the Roosters and also had a hand in two others.

    In short, if Ferguson plays well, the Raiders play well and they invariably go on to post big scores against their opposition.

    If Ferguson is kept quiet, the Bulldogs will go a long way to denting a Raiders attack that can lose its way against an organised defensive line.

    The Bulldogs will also look to dominate up the middle of the park with their extremely mobile pack.

    Melbourne destroyed Canberra up the middle a fortnight ago and Canterbury will be looking to do the same here with Michael Ennis, James Graham, Tony Williams and Frank Pritchard leading the way.

    Without Barba, Sam Kasiano and Greg  Eastwood  in the side however, the Bulldogs may struggle to score the points needed to keep Canberra at bay, especially if Raiders stars Ferguson and Papalii play well.

    Raiders by six.

    Alan is one of The Roar's longest serving live bloggers, covering football, tennis and rugby league.

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    • 5:08pm
      des' right hand said | 5:08pm | ! Report

      All the Bs aside this kid milford he is Amazing the skill level he has and the confidence he plays with! He will be a special player for years to come. Broncos are lucky to be getting him

    • 5:03pm
      Trent said | 5:03pm | ! Report

      we would’ve put 50 on the faiders @ full strength, easy..

    • Roar Guru

      4:59pm
      Alan Nicolea said | 4:59pm | ! Report

      The Bulldogs have secured a very important victory over a Raiders team minus Ferguson and Campese. Bulldogs also missing Barba, Kasiano and Eastwood. Morris was superb today and was my man of the match. Perrett also finished up with a hat-trick. Reynolds once again tried very hard. The Raiders once again lose at home and now face another tough ask against Manly next week in Canberra. Bulldogs set up a great clash against South Sydney next week. ANZ stadium should at least have 40,000 I think for that contest.

      Raiders 16
      Bulldogs 28

    • Roar Guru

      4:57pm
      Alan Nicolea said | 4:57pm | ! Report

      80′ – Reynolds chips over the top but Robinson gathers possession. Bulldogs secure a key victory here and should play finals footy

      FULLTIME

      Raiders 16
      Bulldogs 28

    • Roar Guru

      4:56pm
      Alan Nicolea said | 4:56pm | ! Report

      80′ – Ennis down injured with seconds remaining

      Raiders 16
      Bulldogs 28

    • Roar Guru

      4:55pm
      Alan Nicolea said | 4:55pm | ! Report

      79′ – Raiders still eager to score to their credit. Milford with the grubber but Hodkinson comes up with possession soon after

      Raiders 16
      Bulldogs 28

    • Roar Guru

      4:54pm
      Alan Nicolea said | 4:54pm | ! Report

      CONVERSION UNSUCCESSFUL – Croker misses

      Raiders 16
      Bulldogs 28

      Well had the Williams try been awarded, this could have been a great finish. Good grubber from McCrone to set up his second try today.

    • Roar Guru

      4:52pm
      Alan Nicolea said | 4:52pm | ! Report

      TRY RAIDERS – Wighton has a broken leg. Grubber is grounded now by Papalii who scores!

      Raiders 16
      Bulldogs 28

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