Croker Brings Up Ton In Canberra

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Jarrod Croker plays his 100th NRL match against the Roosters. Image courtesy of foxsports.com.au
Last 5 Meetings

Round 24 2012 – Canberra Raiders 24 d Sydney Roosters 20 at Canberra Stadium
Round 3 2012 – Sydney Roosters 14 d Canberra Raiders 8 at Allianz Stadium
Round 17 2011 – Canberra Raiders 38 d Sydney Roosters 12 at Allianz Stadium
Round 17 2010 – Sydney Roosters 22 d Canberra Raiders 12 at Canberra Stadium
Round 6 2010 – Sydney Roosters 36 d Canberra Raiders 6 at Allianz Stadium

Current Form

 

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The Raiders  will go in search of just their second win of the season when they welcome the high-flying Roosters  to Canberra Stadium on Sunday, with the match also set to be star centre Jarrod Croker’s 100th in first grade. With last week’s centre partner Blake Ferguson ruled out with a fractured cheekbone, Jack Wighton has been named to move in off the wing although he is one of several players that need to pass a fitness test before the match, alongside Glenn Buttriss and Sandor Earl. Shaun Berrigan has been dropped for Matt McIlwrick while Anthony Milford could get his first taste of NRL footy after being named on an extended bench.

Injured backrower Frank-Paul Nuuausala has been replaced by Mitchell Aubusson in the starting side, while Aidan Guerra and Luke O'Donnell have been added to the squad that scored a devastating 50-0 victory over Parramatta on Monday night. Despite the fact that they scored nine tries against the Eels, it will be the fact that they didn’t concede a point for the second straight match that was most pleasing for coach Trent Robinson, whose side has now won three in a row.

1st Tryscorer

Raiders fullback Reece Robinson  scored a double against the Dragons last time he played at Canberra Stadium and will relish getting back in front of his home crowd against the Roosters. He is one man capable of breaching a defensive line that hasn’t been breached for 165 minutes.

Young winger Daniel Tupou  opened his 2013 account for the Roosters with a try in his side’s romp against Parramatta last week and will be hungry for more. He is a real threat in the air and James Maloney and Mitchell Pearce will be sure to put plenty of high balls up for him.

Prediction – While the return home will suit the Raiders, there is no denying that the Roosters are one of the hottest teams in the competition at the moment. Unless they are complacent following an ultra-impressive win in round four, it is hard to see Canberra beating them. Sydney Roosters 13+

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