Time to look ahead to Sunday's decider! Rob Crosby has a full look at both teams and what to expect ...
20 hours ago
01-05-2010 05:00PM at Mt Smart Stadium
The Warriors have made a few changes to their line-up for this week. A few drastic changes. Most importantly Lance Hohaia moves from five-eighth to fullback and Wade McKinnon back to the bench. Why? Because they were dusted by 40 against the Storm last week? This is no reason for coach Ivan Cleary to panic as the Melbourne Storm were basically playing with 25 men on the field - if you know what I mean. Let's hope the Storm don't go on to crush the confidence of other teams and force players to lose their starting spots. It just wouldn't be right.
Speaking of right, the Raiders will find themselves right out of this game as the home side have been playing well this year despite last weeks debacle. The Warriors have been solid with two upset victories to their name. They are heavy favourites in this one and will be tough to beat. It's a long trip from our nation's capital for the boys in lime green and this makes it very hard to tip them. The injury ravaged home side will benefit from the Raiders mistakes.
My Man of the Match Prediction: Brent Tate
My Tip: New Zealand 30-20
|New Zealand Warriors Canberra Raiders|
|2009||Round 24||Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland||New Zealand Warriors||34-20|
|2009||Round 11||Canberra Stadium||Canberra Raiders||38-12|
|2008||Round 8||Mt Smart Stadium||New Zealand Warriors||14-6|
|2007||Round 23||Canberra Stadium||Canberra Raiders||26-24|