Warriors Ready To Fight

Picture: Gregg Porteous/theaustralian.com.au
Konrad Hurrell has scored in seven of his past eight matches. Picture: Gregg Porteous/theaustralian.com.au
Last 5 Meetings

Round 6, 2013 – Canberra Raiders 20 d NZ Warriors 16 at Canberra Stadium
Round 26, 2012 - Canberra Raiders 42 d NZ Warriors 22 at Mt Smart Stadium
Round 6, 2012 - Canberra Raiders 32 d NZ Warriors 12 at Canberra Stadium
Round 21, 2011 – NZ Warriors 29 d Canberra Raiders 10 at Mt Smart Stadium
Round 8, 2010 - Canberra Raiders 23 d NZ Warriors 16 at Canberra Stadium

Current Form

  Rd 20    Rd 21    Rd 22    Rd 23    Rd 24 
Warriors

W

L

L

L

W

Raiders

W

L

L

L

L


The Warriors  host the Raiders  on Saturday knowing that anything less than a win will see them all but eliminated from the race for a berth in the NRL finals. After losing three consecutive matches, it appeared as though their season was coming to a limp end but last week’s 24-22 victory over the Titans at Skilled Park kept them alive, although they must win their final two matches and hope that other results go their way to have any chance of finishing in the top eight. The same 17 man squad that turned things around on the Gold Coast has again been entrusted with the responsibility of collecting another two points this week, with Ngani Laumape 18th man.

There has been a host of changes in Canberra after the club slumped to a fourth successive defeat when losing to Manly by 14 points last week, but the good news is that club captain Terry Campese returns after missing the past two weeks with an eye injury. His return at five-eighth sees Anthony Milford shift to halfback with Josh McCrone starting at hooker. Joel Thompson moves from the backrow to centre with Bill Tupou named on the wing in place of Sandor Earl, while Paul Vaughan will start at lock.


1st Tryscorer

Manu Vatuvei  was in a purple patch of form earlier this season, scoring nine tries in as many appearances from round 6 to round 16, but he has got across the line just once in the seven fixtures since. He bagged a double against Canberra when these sides met earlier this season however and will be confident of rediscovering his best form against them.

Big  things were expected of Reece Robinson  this season when Josh Dugan left the club but he has failed to make the number one jersey his own, despite been a fixture in the side since moving to the capital three years ago. He has seven tries from 20 NRL matches this season and was on the scoresheet against Manly last week.


Prediction

Things are going from bad to worse for Canberra, with last week’s defeat to the Sea Eagles all but ending their hopes of making the finals. They have won three in a row against the Warriors but will have their work cut out against a side that showed glimpses of its best form last week. New Zealand Warriors by 8

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