Green Machine Ready To Rumble At Home

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Terry Campese could return for Canberra on the weekend. Image courtesy of foxsports.com.au
Last 5 Meetings

Round 26 2012 – Canberra Raiders 42 d New Zealand Warriors 22 at Mt Smart Stadium
Round 6 2012 – Canberra Raiders 43 d New Zealand Warriors 12 at Canberra Stadium
Round 21 2011 – New Zealand Warriors 29 d Canberra Raiders 10 at Mt Smart Stadium
Round 8 2010 – Canberra Raiders 23 d New Zealand Warriors 16 at Mt Smart Stadium
Round 24 2009 – New Zealand Warriors 34 d Canberra Raiders 20 at Mt Smart Stadium

Current Form

  Rd 1 

  Rd 2 

  Rd 3 

  Rd 4 

  Rd 5 

Raiders

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L

W

L

W

Warriors

L

L

L

W

L


The Raiders  will be determined to extend their winning run at Canberra Stadium to seven matches when they host the New Zealand Warriors  on Saturday night. After overcoming a 16-0 deficit to beat the high flying Roosters at the ground last week, nothing short of a win will be considered a satisfactory result despite the fact that New Zealand has shown improved form in the past fortnight.

Club captain Terry Campese could return for the first time in 2013 on Saturday after being named as 18th man by David Furner on Tuesday. The talented playmaker has battled injury over the past two years and would been playing just his ninth NRL match since the 2010 if he is given the all clear to line up.

Queensland prop Jacob Lillyman and utility Ben Henry both return to the squad after missing their side’s narrow defeat to Souths last weekend, but are still without injured centre Dane Nielsen. Although they put up a spirited display against the Rabbitohs in round five, New Zealand is likely to find things a lot tougher in Canberra, where they haven’t won since 1997.

1st Tryscorer

20 year-old flyer Edrick Lee  had a good game against the Roosters last weekend, scoring his team’s first trying and delivering the final pass for another. He is growing in confidence with each appearance in the top grade and will look to use his pace to get around the Warriors big outside men.

Manu Vatuvei  has been a prolific tryscorer in the NRL but has had his start to the current campaign interrupted by injury. He bagged the first four pointer the last time these teams met and will be raring to go with a full 80 minutes under his belt last week.

Prediction – The Raiders have a great home record, while the Warriors have been woeful on the road recently with seven straight defeats away from Mt Smart Stadium. Canberra won both matches between the clubs last year and can reaffirm their superiority. Canberra Raiders 1-12

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