General Rd 6: Raiders Vs Warriors Preview And Gameday Thread!

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ToiletDuck

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Raiders vs Warriors
Canberra Stadium
Sat 13th April 7:30pm (local)


So I’ll admit that the Warriors were nowhere near as bad as predicted last weekend. Once they went 12-0 down I thought “here we go, another thrashing”, but was pleasantly surprised when they fought back to push Souffs all the way. At one point I even felt as though they may even pull off an unlikely win, but alas it was not to be.

It’s never ideal when a round 6 game is almost a “must win”, though that’s the situation the Warriors find themselves. Despite the Raiders current position on the table, this fixture isn’t the ideal follow-up match for this Warriors side and I’m not convinced they’ll be able to lift themselves to the level they were at last Sunday.

Recent Form: Are any two teams in the comp as similar as these two? Both are difficult to beat at home, hopeless on the road and neither show any hint of consistency. The Raiders have predictably been off the pace thus far in 2013, though like the Warriors produced a great 2nd half of football last weekend to overcome the Roosters. The Warriors have gone from looking downright terrible to being a permissible NRL side in the past couple of weeks, the key will be whether they can reproduce that sort of form away from home.

Players to Watch: Terry Campese will make his 1st and only appearance of 2013, provided he can make it through the warm-up. Seriously though, if the Raiders are to go anywhere this year Campese will need to stay fit. They’ve lost nothing at fullback since Robinson has taken after Josh Dugan imploded, and he’s always impressive against us.

I sincerely hope Elliot keeps da faif in Ngani Laumape. The youngster has been hugely impressive in a poorly performing side and I think he’s done enough to retain his spot over Tupou with Nielsen slotting back into the side.

Feleti Mateo showed signs of recovery last weekend, though I still dislike how central he seems to be receiving the ball. Too often he seems to be standing at 1st receiver and passing wide to our halves, rather than the other way around. Hopefully the return to fitness of our propping rotation and Mannering’s new found form allows Feleti a little more freedom to find sort of form that the side so desperately needs.

I thought our halves were two of the most disappointing players on the paddock against Souffs. Johnson still seems absolutely clueless at times, while TL loves to give the advertising on the billboards plenty of air-time with his over-cooked short kicking game. I’m praying these two can sort their shit out, just a couple of repeat sets and playing for territory would do me, forget the glory plays.

My Prediction: The encouraging performance against Souffs will mean little if we revert to the crap that plagued the opening few rounds. This competition is about consistency and building on performances, and our start to the season leaves no room for another poor showing, especially when faced with an away trip to Melbourne next week.

Unfortunately however, Canberra has never been a happy hunting ground for the Warriors. The Raiders are coming off the back of a good win at home and will surely fancy their chances of backing up with another victory here. With any luck we can spring an upset, but at this moment in time I don’t think consistency is a strong point, and low-key Saturday night away games have never been our forte. Raiders in a tight-ish one: 28 – 20.
 
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Sup42

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We're in the White Jerseys tonight I take It ?
Silly Q. I know.....without a colour chart from Dulux who would know.

I'm hoping the boys are ready to dish it out up front , that's where we are at risk of being over run. We could name any propping rotation we like , but if they don't get fired up front away from MT Smart you get zero away wins.

If we are in front come the 50th minute the Raiders are screwed.
 
Inruin

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I'm picking the hype around Terry Campese will be to much for the Raiders. If we can match or better their forward pack then I think this game is ours. Consistant improvements (maybe Bluey was right, just didn't know how to achieve it) each week and we will be there or thereabouts most games. I have picked us to win this game and it really could be a hammering if all goes well. I don't think it will though so Warriors by 8.
 
Matulino's Left Shoulder

Matulino's Left Shoulder

i dont care if we win by a point in golden time. just please win.
 
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Fazz

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If we can build on the last two weeks (and yup, I thought in spite of it being a loss, we improved over the Cowboys game) then I think we'll be in with a good chance of getting a win. I'd definitely back us if this were a home game, as it is, I think it's down to how we start. Hopefully the boys realize those stupid errors in the first half last week are what cost us the game and set out to rectify it.
 
mrblonde

mrblonde

Warriors 26-24.

Once again, a slow start sees us down 0-6 fairly early but at lemons it's 12-12.

5 Tries, 3 Converted.

Tries to Johnson, Neilson, Laumape, Godinet, Vatuvei.

Campese to trip over the paper/plastic/whatever it's made of "welcome back Terry!" sign erected in front of the players tunnel as he runs on to the pitch and injure himself.
 
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Jay M

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Of course NRL scheduling sucks tonight... Warriors vs Raiders at the same time as Storm vs Bunnies (which IMO will be the game of the round)...

Guess the Storm game gets recorded...
 
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KPWarrior

Storm/Bunnies is a joke, it should have had one of the Friday night slots, not that it would have made much difference here as both games were on ch9's FTA digital channel GEM and we had no fkn signal, so we saw nada! Tonight we've got Storm/Bunnies on with the Warriors as viewers choice....... suckful!
 
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Magic Stick

Magic Stick

Couldnt give a toss about scheduling (mysky)

Our forwards have to step up tonite, And Johnson has to lead this team around the park, This idea that TL guides the team around while Shaun Johnson plays off the cuff is rubbish,TL couldnt organise a piss up at a brewery.

Step up Johnson

FTS Mateo
MOM Johnson

Warriors 27-26 in golden point
 
Apus

Apus

If our edge attack is as good as it was last week we'll carve them up. I just dunno if I can tip us in this one, the hoodoo + the 9:30NZT kick off might be too much. This is an interesting game with massive implications for us, so I certainly hope the boys' body clocks are adjusted!
 

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If our edge attack is as good as it was last week we'll carve them up. I just dunno if I can tip us in this one, the hoodoo + the 9:30NZT kick off might be too much. This is an interesting game with massive implications for us, so I certainly hope the boys' body clocks are adjusted!

I agree.

If we don't win this then many heads will drop and we are not great at fighting through adversity.
 
mt.wellington

mt.wellington

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I reckon the key is in our forwards. I know its always the case with every game but I think the mobility of our pack against the bigger forwards of the Raiders could really pay off. That size difference also means we will have to be on our hardest D game.

To have a chance in Canberra we will need both Mannering and Mateo supplying good quality passes or offloads to the edge. I'd spend the whole game just running it down the edge trying to tire out the pack and then ruthlessly target the Raiders centre pairing of Edrick Lee and Jack Wighton on the last tackle. Thats my game plan anyway...
 
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Danpatmac

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that Raiders forward pack and bench is massive, just massive
 
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Matulino's Left Shoulder

Matulino's Left Shoulder

Matulino to start, Rapira to the bench.
Ben + Package to carve them up.
 
Rizzah

Rizzah

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Raiders - Campese and Thompson are onto the bench, with Milford and Picker dropping out.

Warriors - Neilsen returns to the starting side in place of Tupou. Matulino starts with Rapira moving back to the bench, while Lillyman and Taylor are off the bench and Ikahihfo comes in.
 

Matt13-1

Warriors

1 Kevin Locke
19 Dane Nielsen
3 Ngani Laumape
4 Konrad Hurrell
5 Manu Vatuvei
6 Thomas Leuluai
7 Shaun Johnson
14 Ben Matulino
9 Nathan Friend
10 Russell Packer
11 Feleti Mateo
12 Simon Mannering (c)
13 Todd Lowrie

Interchange
8 Sam Rapira
17 Pita Godinet
18 Ben Henry
20 Sebastine Ikahihifo
 
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