NRL Previews - Raiders v Sharks (Round 1)

13-03-2011 02:00PM at Canberra Stadium

Referees: Ashley Klein and Adam Devcich
Touch Judges: Ricky McFarlane and Jason Walsh
Video Referee: Phil Cooley

Right.... The Joel Monaghan era has officially ended in our nation's capital so let's not make any further mention of the past. The Raiders have a bright future but they'll need to have the tails up for this one. The visiting Sharks will be like a dog with a bone if they get a sniff of the two points on offer. However, David Furner will be hoping that you can teach an old dog new tricks when he hands the leash to Matt Orford to guide his team around the park.

If the Sharks focus solely on Orford though, they will be barking up the wrong tree as the home side has many weapons on the field. A powerful forward pack will leave Cronulla feeling as sick as a dog, but not before Paul Gallen urges them to fight like cats and dogs in this match at Canberra Stadium. Unfortunately for Gallen, it's a dog eat dog world and I'm tipping the fearsome combination of Tom Learoyd-Lahrs and David Shillington emerge as top dogs. Guess I just couldn't let sleeping dogs lie.

My Tip: Raiders 24-14

The Teams

  Canberra Raiders    Cronulla Sutherland Sharks 
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T. Campese
1. Josh Dugan Fullback 1. Nathan Gardner
2. Blake Ferguson Wing 2. Matthew Wright
3. Jarrod Croker Centre 3. Dean Collis
4. Joel Thompson Centre 4. Colin Best
5. Daniel Vidot Wing 5. John Williams
6. Josh McCrone Five Eighth 6. Albert Kelly
7. Matt Orford Halfback 7. Wade Graham
8. Tom Learoyd-Lahrs Prop 8. Kade Snowden
9. Alan Tongue Hooker 9. John Morris
10. David Shillington Prop 10. Luke Douglas
11. Joe Picker Second Row 11. Jeremy Smith
12. Bronson Harrison Second Row 12. Anthony Tupou
13. Shaun Fensom Lock 13. Paul Gallen
14. Glen Buttriss Interchange 14. Josh Cordoba
15. Trevor Thurling Interchange 15. Broderick Wright
16. Dane Tilse Interchange 16. Paul Aiton
17. Brett White Interchange 17. Jason Bukuya
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I. Gordon
S. Porter

Head to Head

2010 NRL - Round 20 Canberra Stadium Canberra Raiders 20-13
2009 Round 14 Canberra Stadium Cronulla Sutherland Sharks 24-22
2009 Round 5 Toyota Stadium Canberra Raiders 24-14
2008 Finals - Week 1 Toyota Stadium Cronulla Sutherland Sharks 36-10
2008 Round 16 Canberra Stadium Cronulla Sutherland Sharks 36-24

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