Rocking Raiders Try To Get Back On Track

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Jarrod Croker has been named to start for Canberra. Image courtesy of foxsports.com.au
Last 5 Meetings

Round 19 2012 – Gold Coast Titans 38 d Canberra Raiders 26 at Canberra Stadium
Round 2 2012 – Canberra Raiders 24 d Gold Coast Titans 12 at Skilled Park
Round 24 2011 – Gold Coast Titans 26 d Canberra Raiders 18 at Skilled Park
Round 4 2011 – Gold Coast Titans 23 d Canberra Raiders 22 at Canberra Stadium
Round 13 2010 – Canberra Raiders 28 d Gold Coast Titans 24 at Canberra Stadium

Current Form

Titans – L
Raiders – L

Preparing for last weekend’s game against Cronulla can’t have been easy for the Titans  with all of the speculation surrounding their opponent being implicated in the ASADA controversy, but they competed well against a highly motivate opponent. Coach John Cartwright has named the same 18 man squad that travelled to Sydney again for the Gold Coast’s first home match of 2013, with Albert Kelly retaining the number seven jersey after an impressive Titans debut against his former club.

If the Titans had off-field dramas to contend with before round one, Canberra  has much more on its plate going into this fixture. Josh Dugan has had his contract torn up by the club and Blake Ferguson is suspended followed an alcohol related incident during the week. Reece Robinson returns at fullback after recovery from the back injury that saw him miss his sides 32-10 defeat to Penrith with Edrick Lee coming onto the wing.

1st Tryscorer – Hard running Titans backrower Dave Taylor  managed to get on the scoresheet against the Sharks in his NRL debut for the club last week and will want to make a similar impression in front of the home fans following his big money move from Sydney in the offseason.

Edrick Lee  was a late withdrawal for the Raiders last weekend but is likely to make a big impression for Canberra this season. The 20 year-old flyer scored six tries in just seven top grade appearances in 2012.

Prediction – The Gold Coast showed enough last week to suggest that they won’t be the pushovers many believed they would be in 2013 and they also have a good recent record against the Raiders, with three wins from the past four meetings between the clubs. They are awfully short in the betting however and given what we saw at Shark Park in round one, the off field dramas at the club could have a galvanising effect on Canberra’s playing group. Canberra Raiders 1-12

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