Rudderless Raiders Face Bogey Side

Picture: Kym Smith/dailytelegraph.com.au
Anthony Milford has been a revelation for the Raiders this season. Picture: Kym Smith/dailytelegraph.com.au
Last 5 Meetings

Round 11, 2013 – Manly Sea Eagles 16 d Canberra Raiders 10 at Brookvale Oval
Round 9, 2012 - Manly Sea Eagles 18 d Canberra Raiders 12 at Brookvale Oval
Round 9, 2011 - Manly Sea Eagles 20 d Canberra Raiders 0 at Brookvale Oval
Round 18, 2010 – Canberra Raiders 24 d Manly Sea Eagles 22 at Brookvale Oval
Round 15, 2009 - Manly Sea Eagles 20 d Canberra Raiders 14 at Brookvale Oval

Current Form

  Rd 19    Rd 20    Rd 21    Rd 22    Rd 23 
Raiders

W

W

L

L

L

Sea Eagles

W

W

W

W

L


Three straight defeats have seen the Raiders  drop out of the top eight, but the problems extend far beyond that. Coach David Furner was sacked by the club during the week after inconsistent performances throughout the season, but there have also been issues with stars Anthony Milford and Blake Ferguson that have impacted the squads output in 2013. Ferguson hasn’t been named to tackle the Sea Eagles  this week after picking up a quad injury, while Milford has been moved to the halves with Sam Williams only 18th man. Mid season recruit Bill Tupou will debut for the club at centre in place of Jack Wighton, who broke his leg in Canberra’s 28-16 defeat to the Bulldogs, while Sami Sauiluma, Paul Vaughan and Shaun Berrigan all return to the starting lineup.

The Sea Eagles six game winning run was brought to a halt by Souths last Friday night but have named an unchanged squad for this fixture, with James Hasson to travel with the squad as 18th man again. Anthony Watmough was a late inclusion for Manly last weekend and will again start in the second row, despite Jeff Lima’s best efforts to maim him last week.


1st Tryscorer

Former Warriors winger Bill Tupou  joined Canberra halfway through this season and will finally make his debut for the club on Sunday afternoon. He bagged three tries in nine matches for New Zealand this season and will be determined to make the most of his fresh opportunity in the NRL.

Manly skipper Jamie Lyon  has been a driving force behind his side’s march into the top four and has bagged twelve tries already during the current campaign. He opened the scoring against Souths in round 23 and has scored in six of his past eight matches.


Prediction

Every indication going into this match is that the Sea Eagles will win, and win comfortably. They have won 10 of the past 12 meetings between the pair and haven’t lost to the Raiders in Canberra since 2004 and that is unlikely to change with all of the dramas in the capital at the moment. Manly Sea Eagles by 18

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