Gold Coast Titans vs Canberra Raiders: NRL live scores, blog

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    Gold Coast Vs. Canberra

    2013 NRL Premiership Season, 18 March, 2013

    Skilled Park, Robina, QLD
    Gold Coast 36 defeated Canberra 0
    Gold Coast Canberra
    36 FINAL SCORE 0
    6 TRIES 0
    1/1 PENALTY GOALS 0/0
    0/0 FIELD GOAL 0/0
    Important moments:
    • Gold Coast took the lead at the 3 min. mark 1st half
    • Aidan Sezer (GCst) scored at the 61 min. mark 2nd half
    Referee: Devcich, A
    Touch judges: Wise, M & Walsh, J

    After a narrow loss to a Sharks outfit in crisis last week, the Gold Coast Titans will be looking to get their first win of the year against a Canberra Raiders side that have had their own tumultuous week. Join us for live scores and commentary from 2.00pm AEDT.

    The Raiders this week announced that star backs Josh Dugan and Blake Ferguson have been sacked and stood down respectively following ongoing off-field indiscretions.

    The troubled pair will be replaced by Reece Robinson and Edrick Lee in the starting line-up.

    It’s poor timing for Raiders fans, who suffered through a dismal showing against the Panthers last week as the Green Machine proved why they’re one of the toughest teams to back on the road.

    For the Titans’ part, they must be wondering why they keep getting drawn against clubs in turmoil. The Sea Eagles will no doubt be looking over their shoulder after drawing them in round three (as if they weren’t already).

    But while the Sharks fielded a full strength lineup and must have felt they had something to prove, you get the sense that the Raiders are more in disarray, and it’s hard to imagine them taking the points off the Titans on the road.

    Gold Coast surprised many pundits last week with the quality of their performance, even in defeat. The inexperienced halves pairing of Aidan Sezer and Albert Kelly showed some great signs.

    Their big men looked hungry too, particularly Ryan James, Dave Taylor and Jamal Idris. With about 360 kilos between them, they’re going to take some stopping this year.

    If Raiders are to be a chance today they’ll need a much better effort from their forwards, who struggled to make metres against the Panthers.

    They tired quickly in the sweltering early-season heat, and the conditions at Robina are unlikely to be any better.

    For mine, Gold Coast will be too good and will win this one comfortably.

    Can the Titans get their first runs on the board for 2013, or will the Raiders shrug off their mid-week drama to post their own maiden victory of the year? Join us this afternoon at 2.00pm AEST for live score updates and debate on our live blog.

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    • 2:58am
      Silver_Sovereign said | 2:58am | ! Report

      good win for the titans. I think its finals or bust this year, especially for carty. this team has had too much talent to miss out on the finals 2 years in a row. And hearing of the titans interest in dugan is a good thing, we have rehabilitated drunks, drug addicts and domestic abusers in the past, and need a good fullback

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      Adam Scroggy said | 4:06pm | ! Report

      That concludes today’s coverage of Titans vs. Raiders on The Roar. Thanks for following along, and stay tuned for two more big NRL games today!

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      Adam Scroggy said | 4:05pm | ! Report

      As for the Titans, they’ll be happy with today’s performance but tougher challenges await. Next week they’ll face the Sea Eagles at Robina and they’ll head into that match with a lot of confidence.

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      Adam Scroggy said | 4:04pm | ! Report

      Of course, there is some good news for Raiders fans — next week you’ll play the Dragons, and we all recognise that as rugby league’s biggest hoodoo!

      • 4:12pm
        Matt said | 4:12pm | ! Report

        Surely they’ll win that one!

        Thanks for the commentary Adam.

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      Adam Scroggy said | 4:02pm | ! Report

      Live score: Titans 36 – Raiders 0

      Well, Ben Ikin’s hyperbole aside, Sezer and Kelly WERE outstanding today, as were the Gold Coast’s more experienced heads, particularly Bird, Myles and Harrison. Jamal Idris also showed plenty of good signs — he looks sharper and fitter than in the last two years and we’ve seen enough from him in the opening rounds to suggest he’ll be in for a big season.

      For the Raiders, a week of turmoil has resulted in one of their worst performances in recent memory (I won’t say their worst, because they are prone to the odd shocker!). The fact is, they couldn’t handle the hot conditions on the Gold Coast, and today’s game will certainly provoke some discussion about the merits of playing games at 2pm at Robina in mid-March. That said, even the extreme conditions can be no excuse for the Raiders’ performance today — they were horrible, and it’s back to the drawing board for David Furner.

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      Adam Scroggy said | 3:59pm | ! Report

      FULL-TIME Titans 36 – Raiders 0

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      Adam Scroggy said | 3:58pm | ! Report

      Live score: Titans 36 – Raiders 0

      80′ Not much to speak of in the final two minutes of play, both sides have shut up shop and the full-time siren blares in the background.

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      Adam Scroggy said | 3:55pm | ! Report

      Live score: Titans 36 – Raiders 0

      78′ Williams grubbers, too much on it, Mead shadows it over the dead-ball line. Raiders look like they’ll finish with duck egg here today.

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      Adam Scroggy said | 3:54pm | ! Report

      Live score: Titans 36 – Raiders 0

      77′ Titans would love a clean sheet here, let’s see what they’ve got!

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      Adam Scroggy said | 3:54pm | ! Report

      Live score: Titans 36 – Raiders 0

      77′ NO TRY. McCrone appears to have just got his toe to it before it hits the ground, so we’ll come back for a line dropout after Kelly beat Croker to the ball to knock it across the dead-ball line.

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      Adam Scroggy said | 3:53pm | ! Report

      Live score: Titans 36 – Raiders 0

      77′ VIDEO REFEREE! McCrone drops it on the toe, Croker chases it through, the refs have called no try. They’re checking knock on from McCrone — he appeared to drop it before he got his boot to it.

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