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New Zealand Warriors vs Canberra Raiders: NRL live scores, blog

27th August, 2021
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New Zealand Warriors

16

Match Complete

Canberra Raiders

28

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27th August, 2021
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New Zealand Warriors

16

Match Complete

Canberra Raiders

28

80J. Rapana
80H. Young
78J. Rapana
78J. Rapana
66J. Rapana
65S. Kris
42S. Kris
39J. Rapana
38C. Nicoll-Klokstad
R. Walsh25
D. Watene-Zelezniak23
R. Berry18
R. Walsh2
S. O'Sullivan0

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Friday Night Footy in Round 24 begins with the Canberra Raiders and the New Zealand Warriors desperately looking to hold onto some hope of making the finals. Join The Roar for live scores and a rolling blog of all the action from Mackay from 6pm (AEST).

The Raiders seem to be in the best position of the 2 to make the finals; however, the Warriors are not completely out of the race. With so much at stake, this game should be a cracker, with both teams forming strong forward packs, and flashy backs.

Keep an eye on the Warriors whizkid Reece Walsh to try and open up the game, and the inclusion of Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad off the bench for the Raiders.

The Raiders look to be sticking to what’s on paper, with Matt Frawley expected to hold onto the halfback position, while Sam Williams will be relegated to the long list of reserves. Corey Horsburgh makes his return after being loaned to the Bulldogs for the past fortnight, and Jordan Rapana looks like remaining as starting fullback. Nicoll-Klokstad will start on the bench and shift in wherever he’s required.

The Warriors’ best player so far this season, Josh Curran, looks to be in huge doubt, with a short turnaround not helping his cause. Eliesa Katoa has also been named, but is in doubt due to a foot injury. Sean O’Sullivan comes in for the injured Chanel Harris-Tavita, who is out with his own foot injury.

Key Match-up: Kodi Nikorima v Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad
2 bench players? Yes, you heard right. Both of these two players, have the ability to turn a game on its head. With tiring forwards and considering both packs are quite big in size, these two could really cause trouble off the bench to those tiring forwards.
Usually the starting fullback, CNK will look to be back to his absolute best, to try cut up the middle when he comes on off the bench, more as a running type player. Nikorima on the other side of the spectrum, plays more of a hooker role when he comes on, but his speed and playmaking skills could really cut open a tiring Raiders pack. Both players have the chance to really cause damage for their opposition.

Prediction:
With the addition of Matt Lodge, and a steady O’Sullivan, I think the Warriors get the goods here. I am going for an upset victory by the Warriors, by 8.

Game Information

Kick-off: 6pm (AEST)
Venue: BB Print Stadium, Mackay
TV: Fox League
Online: Kayo Sports, Foxtel Now, Foxtel GO
Odds: Warriors $2.75, Raiders $1.45 (odds via PlayUp)

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Teams

New Zealand Warriors
1. Reece Walsh, 2. Dallin Watene-Zelezniak, 3. Pita Hiku (c), 4. Adam Pompey, 5. Marcelo Montoya, 6. Sean O’Sullivan, 7. Chad Townsend, 8. Addin Fonua-Blake, 9. Wayde Egan, 10. Matthew Lodge, 11. Josh Curran, 12. Euan Aitken, 13. Bayley Sironen

Interchange: 14. Kodi Nikorima, 15. Bunty Afoa, 16. Eliesa Katoa, 17. Jazz Tevaga

Canberra Raiders
1. Jordan Rapana, 2. Bailey Simonsson, 3. Sebastian Kris, 4. Matthew Timoko, 5. Harley Smith-Shields, 6. Jack Wighton, 7. Matt Frawley, 8. Josh Papalii, 9. Josh Hodgson, 10. Joseph Tapine, 11. Hudson Young, 12. Elliott Whitehead (c), 13. Ryan Sutton

Interchange: 14. Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad, 15. Emre Guler, 16. Corey Horsburgh, 17. Siliva Havili

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