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    Raiders vs Sea Eagles

    NRL, 21 April, 2017

    GIO Stadium
    Fulltime - Raiders 18, Sea Eagles 20
    Raiders   Sea Eagles
    18 FINAL SCORE 20
    3 TRIES 3
    Referee: Grant Atkins
    Touch judges: Phil Henderson & Michael Wise
    Video Referee: Luke Patten

    The Canberra Raiders have started to hit form and will be pushing for a spot in the top four when they host a Manly Sea Eeagles outfit trying to stop a two-game slide. Join The Roar for live scores> and coverage from 6pm (AEST).

    The Raiders were looking down the barrel of an awful start to the season, but they have resurrected things with three straight victories.

    While they are yet to hit top form, the wins have seen a side on the improve with every passing week and they undoubtedly played their best all-around game at home against the New Zealand Warriors last Saturday.

    After victories over the Canberra Raiders and Gold Coast Titans where the scoreboard was more convincing than the performance, their defence was put to the test last week and came up with a solid effort.

    The Warriors threw plenty at them, particularly in the game’s early going, but they only let in two tries before skipping away in the second half, their right-side attack featuring Joseph Leilua and and Jordan Rapana running rampant.

    Given Manly’s defensive effort over the last fortnight, leaking 65 points across the two games, it could be another dominant showing for the green machine.

    The Raiders come into this contest unchanged.

    Manly, as mentioned have struggled defensively over the last fortnight. After a start to the season that surprised many, pitting them as a side who were the real deal, they have been brought crashing back to Earth with two straight losses by heavy margins.

    First it was 35-10 to the St George Illawarra Dragons, then 30-24 to the Melbourne Storm with both at home. Even though they are currently the two top sides, the Sea Eagles needed to pinch at least one win there.

    Maybe the biggest difference maker for Manly ahead of this clash is the strength returning to the forward pack. Martin Taupau is back, which pushes Addin Fonua Blake back to the bench, while Nate Myles has also been named on the reserves and is an outside chance of playing.

    It’s not that Manly have been soft in the forwards during their losing streak, but Taupau adds plenty to their engine room.

    Despite now sitting ninth on the ladder with three victories from their seven games, there are still positives flowing. Their attack looked solid last week and Daly Cherry-Evans is in form like we haven’t seen for a few years.

    If he can continue that and Manly’s defence can get back to where it started the season, there’s no reason they can’t start to push back up the ladder in the coming weeks.

    The Raiders are tough to beat at home and while Manly need a confidence-restoring win, they are going to have to wait at least another week for it.

    Raiders by 10.

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    • Roar Rookie

      William Dalton Davis said | 10:11pm | ! Report

      Once again Raiders fail to pull out with the win when scoring less than 20 points. Soon as Croker missed that shot at goal I knew some shenanigans were in store for me.

    • 10:04pm
      Paul said | 10:04pm | ! Report

      What strip, Walker played for the penalty, refs conned(??) again. Maybe next week I’ll back the underdogs.

    • 9:38pm
      Jason Hosken said | 9:38pm | ! Report

      Cracking night, so glad i made the trek to Bruce. Canberra crowd awesome, Viking Clap chilling. Cardiac Walker must see theatre.

      The best part about following sometimes sides is, the wins are absolute gold.

      Can someone tell me, did Walker punch a Raider after missing his final shot in regulation?

    • 8:46pm
      Geoff from Bruce Stadium said | 8:46pm | ! Report

      Some really dumb penalties given away by the Raiders in the first 5 minutes of extra time – and until they learn how to close out tight games with someone who can kick a field goal they are no chance of picking up the trophy at the end of the season. Both Sezer and Austin had chances to kick field goals well within range and under little pressure but for some strange reason decided to pass the ball. Not good enough.

      • Roar Guru

        M.O.C. said | 9:20pm | ! Report

        I agree, but it’s hard to kick field goals when the refs don’t police offside defenders!

        • 9:52pm
          Geoff from Bruce Stadium said | 9:52pm | ! Report

          Still reckon both halves had unimpeded chances to score field goals but declined to have a shot. To be fair Sezer threw the ball out wide and if Croker doesn’t slip they score. Croker also could have thrown the ball out to an unmarked Cotric who could have scored. Lots of could haves. And if Walker had converted one of those easy relatively conversions Manly win. Good tight game that could have gone either way. Manly deserve a lot of credit. The try that was set up for Tom Turbo was a beauty. And the Raiders were pretty good in defence for much of the game. Really both sides could have won and neither deserved to lose. Just goes to show that any game of NRL is hard to win and you need to be on your game for the full 80 minutes plus extra time.

      • 9:44pm
        Swannies said | 9:44pm | ! Report

        Not good enough to go all the way this year. 4-4 not quite the start they were looking for.

    • 8:44pm
      Cugel said | 8:44pm | ! Report

      Carbon copy of last week, except this time the opposition were *slightly* less inept. They didn’t want to win either, we had to force them.

    • 8:25pm
      Saus said | 8:25pm | ! Report

      Didn’t see the whole match just the end, what did raiders do that there is comments about their attitude. I thought the strip call was harsh and then Walker acts like an absolute flog. Hope is no where near the blues this year

      • Roar Guru

        eagleJack said | 9:02pm | ! Report

        How was the strip call harsh? They were both on the ground, tackle completed.

        There was plenty of niggle throughout. Walker missed a couple of kicks from close range and the Raiders certainly let him know about it. A lot of lip from both teams. The refs should have stepped in at the end to ensure the Raiders were back 10m and weren’t encroaching. It was a bad look for the NRL.

    • 8:16pm
      Swannies said | 8:16pm | ! Report

      Raiders not the complete package yet…still lacking composure at critical moments that they need to iron out of their game. Probably got caught up in all the pre-match hype about being a real contender… tonight answered that.

    • Roar Guru

      Edward Kelly said | 8:14pm | ! Report

      How important was that Bunker call “No Try” to the Raiders!!!

      • 8:20pm
        The spectator said | 8:20pm | ! Report

        Yeah paulo No Try was a try, it clearly brushes grass.

        • 3:54am
          madmax said | 3:54am | ! Report

          Yeah & AFB’s try was a try………..the tip of the ball touched the line!!! Just like the Paulo try….the tip of the ball touched a blade of grass!

    • 8:11pm
      The spectator said | 8:11pm | ! Report

      How good is the mongrel, Manly !

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