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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 Guru

      eagleJack said | 8:05pm | ! Report

      I’m in a fair bit of shock. Manly keep surprising me. They’re still a little young mentally meaning they’ll struggle to string consistent games together. But you can see they are a tight unit.

      Well done to both teams for a great spectacle. Edge of the seat stuff!

      • Roar Guru

        The Barry said | 8:33pm | ! Report

        NRL 360 showed an extract from a Ben Darwin talk. The premise was that a teams potential was a factor of ability x cohesion. Team unity was a much greater factor than coaching and facilities. Apparently based on a lot of research.

        Manly are showing how important cohesion is. I say this with utmost respect but when you look at their roster they are punching above their weight.

        • Roar Guru

          eagleJack said | 9:05pm | ! Report

          Yep very true TB, I have seen Darwins work before. It makes perfect sense. You can have all the talent in the world. But if you don’t trust the guy on the inside with your life, you’re beaten before you get out on the field.

          It’s why team bonding is huge in all walks of life. Most of it is contrived. But sometimes you see a side that truly all get along. And I think we are seeing that with Manly.

          Full credit to Barrett for that.

    • 8:02pm
      Roberto said | 8:02pm | ! Report

      Had a feeling this would happen, Raiders are just too streaky to be a premiership force.
      Thank heavens I changed my tip 30mins before kick-off. (Also thank you sportsbet for the $4 price)

      Gutsy win by the Sea Eagles.

      Scott, hats off to you on your wonderful call.

      • 8:04pm
        Adam said | 8:04pm | ! Report

        Have such a strong right edge but just get in their heads and they’re shot. Over the past few seasons they have blown plenty of close games

      • Roar Guru

        Scott Pryde said | 8:05pm | ! Report

        Good on you for tipping that one Roberto. I certainly didn’t pick the upset, but a superb game.

        Thanks for the kind words and tuning in mate

    • Roar Rookie

      Joe said | 7:59pm | ! Report

      Awesome game to start the weekend. How good were Manly! Never say die attitude and just kept coming back. What an upset!

    • 7:59pm
      Jono said | 7:59pm | ! Report

      What a disgraceful last 5 mins by the Raiders to let in that try and absolutely butcher their chance in the golden point. Then their performance as Walker was taking that kick was disgusting. As a Raiders fan I’m embarrassed by what happened at the end there. Really poor sportsmanship and it is not good enough.

      • 8:02pm
        Adam said | 8:02pm | ! Report

        Yep agreed. I’ve been in Canberra 6 years now and really try hard to support them but their attitude is rubbish. They can be thoroughly enjoyable to watch vut also thoroughly unlikable

    • Roar Guru

      Scott Pryde said | 7:58pm | ! Report

      Thanks for joining me this evening for an epic start to our Friday double-header as the Sea Eagles won in golden point. Hopefully you enjoyed the call.

      Plenty to dissect from this game, but unfortunately, there is no time because, fortunately, we are off to the Rabbitohs and Broncos. Coverage starting over there now.

      Bye for now.

    • Roar Guru

      Scott Pryde said | 7:57pm | ! Report

      What a game this has been. Thoughts Roarers?

      • 8:00pm
        Adam said | 8:00pm | ! Report

        Raiders need to find a better temperament. Some of thei players have a pretty rubbish attitude

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