Raiders Set To Steal Another Two Points

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Josh McCrone has played a key role in the Raiders resurgence. Photo: Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images
Last 5 Meetings

Round 4 2013 – Newcastle Knights 28 d Canberra Raiders 12 at Hunter Stadium
Round 21 2012 – Newcastle Knights 36 d Canberra Raiders 6 at Canberra Stadium
Round 14 2012 – Canberra Raiders 32 d Newcastle Knights 16 at Hunter Stadium
Round 22 2011 – Newcastle Knights 40 d Canberra Raiders 8 at Hunter Stadium
Round 7 2011 – Newcastle Knights 22 d Canberra Raiders 12 at Canberra Stadium

Current Form

  Rd 4    Rd 5    Rd 6    Rd 7    Rd 8 
Raiders

L

W

W

L

W

Knights

W

L

W

W

L


The rejuvenated Raiders  will look to move into the top eight by beating the Knights  at Canberra Stadium on Sunday afternoon. Seeing Canberra in the top half of the table looked unlikely two games into the season when they had lost both of their matches and many were calling for the head of coach David Furner, but they have been one of the form teams in the competition lately, capping their resurgence with a 24-20 win over the previously unbeaten Storm last weekend. David Shillington and Matt McIlwrick return to the squad after missing out last weekend, while Tom Learoyd-Lahrs and Glen Buttriss miss out after picking up injuries against the reigning premiers.

Five-eight Jarrod Mullen has been ruled out for Newcastle after injuring his knee against the Sharks last weekend, with Kurt Gidley set to wear the number six jersey and Tyrone Roberts to return to the starting side at halfback. Matt Hilder and Neville Costigan return to the squad on an extended interchange bench.

1st Tryscorer

Blake Ferguson  may have courted controversy this year but at his best he is one of the Raiders most potent attacking weapons. He inked a new deal with the club that will see him remain in the capital till the end of 2015 during the week and will be determined to repay the faith the club has shown in him by adding to the three tries he has already bagged in 2013.

Akuila Uate  started the season in rare form, bagging seven tries in the opening five rounds but has been unable to maintain that form in the past month. With just one four pointer in his past three outings, the giant winger will be desperate to press his claims for a Blues jersey with a return to his best form.

Prediction

Canberra put in a huge performance to upset the Storm in Melbourne last week but they return home to face a team they have a poor record against on Sunday. Newcastle has won four of the past five meetings including the past two away from home and can bring the Raiders crashing back down to earth. Newcastle Knights 1-12

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