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FULL TIME: Raiders 14 – 18 Sea Eagles
It was a game riddled with penalties and controversial calls, but the Manly Sea Eagles managed to come back from behind to beat the Canberra Raiders for the second time this season. They weren’t a lot of tries, but it was intense. The Raiders set up a grand stand finish but in the end fell short.
Manly have got themselves into the top four and their fate in that respect is their own hands. The same can be said for the Raiders, who weren’t able to get the job done despite significant early pressure.
Jarrod Croker was the only player on the scoresheet for the Raiders, while Rueben Garrick and Jake Trbojevic scored for the Sea Eagles. Garrick was perfect from the tee, even converting one from 45 metres out at the end of the first half.
It was an ugly game from start to finish. Manly got the points but lost Joel Thompson to a suspected broken arm and that’s going to hurt the Sea Eagles ahead of finals.
Next week the Sea Eagles host the Melbourne Storm so this result will give them confidence ahead of the clash against the favourites to win the title. If the Raiders beat the Sharks in Cronulla next week, they’ll secure a spot in the top four.
The Canberra Raiders are looking to solidify their place in the top four when they host the Manly Sea Eagles at GIO Stadium. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 4:05pm (AEST).
The Raiders proved they were serious about their premiership challenge when they came back from behind to beat top-of-the-table Melbourne Storm last week.
Melbourne led by 18 points after half an hour but Canberra rallied until the end.
Two tries from Jarrod Croker followed by tries from Jordan Rapana and Josh Papalii saw them edge past the Storm 22-18 in Melbourne.
Jack Wighton and Joseph Tapine saw themselves sinbinned so the Raiders will need to stay disciplined if they want a full-strength squad for finals.
Tapine won’t play against Manly due to a rib injury so Ryan Sutton will start at lock.
Manly are within touching distance of a top-four spot and a win against the Raiders would see them leapfrog the South Sydney Rabbitohs into fourth.
The Sea Eagles dominated the Wests Tigers in their last game, scoring three tries in each half to come out 32-12 winners.
Unlike the Raiders, there won’t be any changes to the side that performed so well last week. However, Brad Parker is still out with a knee injury.
The last time these two sides faced off it was the Raiders that were on the wrong end of a comeback.
Manly were down 12-0 but turned the match around to come out 24-20 winners at Lottoland.
The Raiders are on fire, and even when they do lose it’s never straightforward. However, the remarkable performance against the Melbourne Storm must have drained them, physically and emotionally. Still, at home Canberra have a good record.
Manly will need to overwhelm the Canberra defence early if they want to win this one, but that’s well within their skillset.
Raiders by 4
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Kick-off: 4:05pm (AEST)
Venue: GIO Stadium, Canberra
TV: Live, Foxtel, Channel 9
Online: Live, Kayo Sports, Foxtel App, Foxtel Now, NRL Digital Pass
Betting: Raiders $1.50, Sea Eagles $2.25
Overall record: Played 30; Raiders 13, Sea Eagles 17, No draws
Last meeting: Sea Eagles 24 – 20 Raiders (28/04/2019)