Raiders Set To Heap More Misery On Eels

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Josh McCrone has been in great form for the Raiders this season. Photo: Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images
Last 5 Meetings

Round 10, 2012 – Canberra Raiders 40 d Parramatta Eels 34 at Canberra Stadium
Round 16, 2011 – Canberra Raiders 25 d Parramatta Eels 12 at Canberra Stadium
Round 5, 2010 – Canberra Raiders 24 d Parramatta Eels 14 at Parramatta Stadium
Round 3, 2009 – Parramatta Eels 18 d Canberra Raiders 16 at Parramatta Stadium
Round 13, 2008 – Parramatta Eels 30 d Canberra Raiders 12 at Parramatta Stadium

Current Form

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Raiders

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L

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W

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Eels

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L

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L

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The Raiders  will be looking to stretch their winning run in the nation’s capital to twelve matches when they host the struggling Eels  at Canberra Stadium on Saturday night, knowing a win could see them end in the round in the top eight. The same side that defeat North Queensland 26-18 prior to last week’s bye has been given the job of collecting another two competition points, with Josh Papalii expected to take his place in the second row after lining up for the Maroons in State of Origin game three on Wednesday night.

Despite going down 17-10 to Penrith last weekend, Parramatta put in its best performances for a long time, keeping within 12 points of their opponents for the first time since round nine. That display gave coach Ricky Stuart the luxury of naming an unchanged side for this match, with Chris Sandow again plying his trade in the NSW Cup.

1st Tryscorer

Raiders teenager Anthony Milford  has always been highly regarded by the club and showed the rest of the competition what he can do with a scintillating performance at fullback against the Cowboys in round 17 making two line breaks, twelve tackle breaks and scoring a try. He could run riot against a Parramatta outfit that has leaked points all season.

Brayden Williame  is one of a number of youngsters that Ricky Stuart has given a chance to in the NRL this season and has shown that he isn’t out of his depth in the top grade. The winger has got across the tryline in three of his past four matches and was the first Eel on the scoresheet last week.

Prediction

Canberra has one of the best home records in the competition and is likely to keep it in tact against the hapless Eels on Saturday evening. Although Parramatta showed some signs of improvement in defence when conceding only 17 points against the Panthers last week, the fact that they had 224 points put on them in the preceding six matches is a massive concern and they won’t be ending the run. Canberra Raiders by 18

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