NRL Previews - Raiders v Broncos (Round 2)

18-03-2011 08:45PM at Canberra Stadium

Referees: Matt Cecchin and Steve Lyons
Touch Judges: Steve Chiddy and Grant Atkins
Video Referee: Steve Clark

Matt Orford makes his debut for the Raiders on Friday night and he must be salivating at the thought of playing behind this Canberra forward pack. Not to downplay the memorable Northern Eagles pack from 2000 or the premiership winning Manly crew from 2008, but the Dally M winning halfback has not played NRL football for more than a year and will be given ample space to find his groove in this match.

He'll need it too. The Broncos will be desperate to win this one after losing their home opener last week and this desperation will keep the scores close. Unfortunately for Broncos fans, close enough won't be good enough as the Raiders forwards plough through the likes of Anderson, Glenn and Gillett and finish over the top of the visitors. This match is also a testament to the under 20s competition; a total of 12 players from the 2008 NYC Grand final between the Raiders and Broncos appear here. Fantastic.

My Tip: Raiders 24-16

The Teams

  Canberra Raiders               Brisbane Broncos 
B. White

J. Dugan
A. Tongue
T. Campese
1. David MilneFullback1. Josh Hoffman
2. Blake FergusonWing2. Jharal Yow Yeh
3. Jarrod CrokerCentre3. Gerard Beale
4. Joel ThompsonCentre4. Jack Reed
5. Daniel VidotWing5. Dane Gagai
6. Josh McCroneFive Eighth6. Darren Lockyer
7. Matt OrfordHalfback7. Peter Wallace
8. Tom Learoyd-LahrsProp8. Sam Thaiday
9. Glen ButtrissHooker9. Andrew McCullough
10. David ShillingtonProp10. Scott Anderson
11. Joe PickerSecond Row11. Alex Glenn
12. Bronson HarrisonSecond Row12. Matt Gillett
13. Shaun FensomLock13. Corey Parker
14. Travis WaddellInterchange14. Ben Hunt
15. Josh MillerInterchange15. Ben Te'o
16. Dane TilseInterchange16. Josh McGuire
17. Trevor ThurlingInterchange17. Shane Tronc
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B. Hannant
J. Hodges

Head to Head

2010 NRL - Round 26 Suncorp Stadium Canberra Raiders 18-16
2010 NRL - Round 2 Canberra Stadium Canberra Raiders 22-14
2009 Round 26 Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane Brisbane Broncos 22-10
2009 Round 21 Canberra Stadium Canberra Raiders 56-0
2008 U20s NYC Grand Final ANZ Stadium, Homebush Canberra Raiders 28-24

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