The Canberra Raiders have dropped their bundle at home in recent weeks and will need to produce something special if they are to get the better of the Manly Sea Eagles today. Join us for live scores and commentary from 2.00pm AEST.
The fortress that was Canberra Stadium has been torn apart in recent weeks by Melbourne and Canterbury, and it could be torn apart again if the Raiders are not careful this afternoon.
Canberra tackle a Sea Eagles outfit desperate to bounce back following their 12 point loss to the Rabbitohs last week.
Despite dominating for large parts of the contest, Manly failed to put South Sydney away and payed the price in the second half with the Rabbitohs going on to notch a crucial victory.
With coach Geoff Toovey clearly disappointed with the way his side was constantly penalised last week, it will be interesting to see how often the Sea Eagles are penalised this week.
The Raiders meanwhile desperately need a victory to keep their finals hopes alive.
It will certainly be interesting to see how well Canberra play today on the back of the club’s decision to sack current coach David Furner.
Without Ferguson in the side, the Raiders are simply not as dangerous with the football and will struggle to penetrate a very physical Manly defence.
In a positive move from the Raiders, Anthony Milford has been shifted from fullback to five-eighth, with Reece Robinson returning to his favoured role as custodian.
While Milford is a talent, Robinson is by far the more accomplished fullback and has produced some of his best football when playing in the no. 1 jersey.
Pound for pound though, Manly are the more complete football team and possess the class players needed to get the job done today.
While things didn’t go according to plan against the Rabbitohs last week, expect Manly play makers Brett Stewart, Jamie Lyon, Keiran Foran and Daly Cherry-Evans to turn up with the class required to secure victory in an entertaining contest.
Sea Eagles by 10