Raiders Falling Out Of Touch

Anthony Milford - Canberra Raiders
Anthony Milford needs to perform if they Raiders hope to turn their season around. Picture: Kym Smith/dailytelegraph.com.au

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Tigers v Raiders


Campbelltown Stadium

Saturday June 28 – 5:35 PM (AEST)

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It’s do-or-die for the Canberra Raiders  on Saturday night. If they can’t find a way to win in the coming weeks, they will be watching from home come finals time. For the Wests Tigers , they need to bounce back after some inconsistent form as of late. One week they are narrowly beating an out-of-form Knights side, the next they are getting pummelled by a Rabbitohs side without their stars.

Raiders fans are hoping that Ricky Stuart knows what he is doing. After signing a three year deal last season, there were big hopes that “Sticky” would attract big names to the nation’s capital. But after several big signings failed to eventuate, the question of 'Who wants to head to Canberra?' is on everyone’s mind. The Parramatta Eels are starting to reap the benefits of Stuart’s methods now, so if the Raiders can hold on for a little longer, he might be able to turn this whole thing around. Anthony Milford returns to fullback, with Reece Robinson dropping out of the side and Paul Vaughn moving to the bench.

The Tigers started off so strong at the beginning of the season. Some big name scalps of Manly and Souths showed that they were up to the task of battling the big guns. But some shoddy discipline and poor options at times has the boys from Leichhardt needing to get back to the basics. Coach Mick Potter has definitely turned this team around from the cellar dwellers they once were, but he needs to improve them even more if he hopes to be there in September. NSW duo Robbie Farah and Aaron Woods return to the side, pushing Joel Luani and Dene Halatau out of the side and Martin Taupau back to the bench.

Fullback James Tedesco is going to be targeted all night by the Raiders after backing out of a multi-million dollar deal to stay with the Tigers. But from what he has shown as of late, he can definitely handle the pressure. If the Tigers can go back to playing hard up the middle and taking advantage of field possession, it will be a long night for the visitors.

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