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Tigers v Raiders
Despite starting the season as one of the Premiership favourites, the Tigers have won only one of their three matches in 2012 and suffered a humiliating 36-12 defeat to the Dragons last Friday night. They will be boosted by the return of English backrower Gareth Ellis for this match, but that has been offset by the two week suspension incurred by skipper Robbie Farah.
Like their rivals, Canberra has won just once this year and will be without the services of key men for this clash. Fullback Josh Dugan and hardworking backrower Shaun Fensom were both injured during last week’s 14-8 loss to the Roosters and are big losses for the Raiders.
– Although the Raiders have beaten the Tigers in nine of the 23 meetings between the clubs, Wests’ has won the past seven. At Campbelltown Sports Stadium, the Tigers have won five from six against the Raiders.
– Tim Moltzen has had a relatively quiet start to the season but needs to raise here game in the absence of Robbie Farah. He scored seven tries last year and will want to open his 2012 account here.
Terry Campese will be playing his 100th game for the Raiders on Monday night and will want to make it a memorable one. After three games back from an injury that saw him miss all of 2011, the Canberra captain should now have the confidence to run the ball and take the line on more.
– The Tigers have a great record against the Raiders and should be able to continue their dominance of the ‘green machine’ here. Missing Dugan and Fensom, Canberra will struggle. Tigers 13+
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