No More Fight Left In Raiders

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Josh Papalii has been a star for the Raiders in 2013. Picture: News Limited/foxsports.com.au
Last 5 Meetings

Round 10, 2013 – Cronulla Sharks 30 d Canberra Raiders 20 at Remondis Stadium
2nd Elimination Final, 2012 – Canberra Raiders 34 d Cronulla Sharks 16 at Canberra Stadium
Round 20, 2012 – Canberra Raiders 36 d Cronulla Sharks 4 at Remondis Stadium
Round 8, 2012 - Cronulla Sharks 44 d Canberra Raiders 22 at Canberra Stadium
Round 18, 2011 - Cronulla Sharks 26 d Canberra Raiders 12 at Remondis Stadium

Current Form

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Raiders

L

L

L

L

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Sharks

W

L

W

W

L


A miserable season comes to an end for the Raiders  when they tackle the Sharks  at Canberra Stadium on Sunday night. ‘The Green Machine’ were tipped to be big improvers in 2013 but a string of off-field problems have contributed to poor performances on the park, with the Raiders missing the finals for the second time in three years.

Mitch Cornish was named to debut at halfback for Canberra but will miss the match after the NRL failed to give the club a salary cap exemption in order to play. His absence will force interim coach Andrew Dunemann to reshuffle his side, with Anthony Milford likely to move back into the halves.

The Sharks will be without skipper Paul Gallen through suspension, while Jayson Bukuya and Wade Graham are both are through injury. Todd Carney has been named to return after missing last week’s defeat to North Queensland, but there have been whispers he could be one of several Cronulla players to be given a break with the club already assured of a home final next weekend.


1st Tryscorer

2013 has provided little for Raiders fans to get excited about but the emergence of young gun Anthony Milford  has everyone in the nation’s capital licking their lips. The teenager has bagged eight tries in his debut season and is one of the best young players in the competition.

Sharks fullback Michael Gordon  has been a fixture at the back for Cronulla since joining the club from Penrith and has been a key part of his new sides attack. His seven tries this season make him the second highest try scorer for the club during the current campaign.


Prediction

Just who will take the field for this match is anyone’s guess, with both sides likely to bear little resemblance to those named earlier in the week. Irrespective of that, the Raiders have been well below their best of late and have lost their past three matches at home after making the ground a fortress earlier in the year. Cronulla Sharks by 2

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