13.09.08 Round 26 Raiders v Sharks 18-38

13.09.08 Round 26 Raiders v Sharks 18-38

Postby TerryG » Tue Sep 03, 2013 11:21 pm

8th September, 7:00pm, Canberra Stadium | #NRLCANCRO

Image 1 Anthony Milford, 2 Reece Robinson, 3 Jarrod Croker, 4 Sami Sauiluma, 5 Bill Tupou, 6 Terry Campese ©, 7 Mitch Cornish, 8 David Shillington, 9 Josh McCrone, 10 Brett White, 11 Josh Papalii, 12 Joel Thompson, 13 Joel Edwards

Interchange: 14 Shaun Berrigan, 15 Joe Picker, 16 Dane Tilse, 17 Paul Vaughan

Coach: Andrew Dunemann

Note: Mitch Cornish is named to make his NRL debut at halfback, with Anthony Milford shifting back to fullback, Bill Tupou to the centres and Reece Robinson to the wing. Joel Thompson moves to the back row, with Joel Edwards at lock, Paul Vaughan on the bench and Matt McIlwrick out of the squad.


Image 1 Michael Gordon, 2 Sosaia Feki, 3 Ben Pomeroy, 4 Jonathan Wright, 5 Beau Ryan, 6 Todd Carney, 7 Jeff Robson, 8 Andrew Fifita, 9 John Morris, 10 Sam Tagataese, 11 Luke Lewis, 12 Anthony Tupou, 13 Chris Heighington

Interchange: 14 Isaac De Gois, 15 Tyrone Peachey, 16 Ben Ross, 17 Bryce Gibbs

Coach: Shane Flanagan

Notes: Paul Gallen (suspension), Wade Graham and Jayson Bukuya (both injury) are out of the squad. Todd Carney returns at five-eighth, with Anthony Tupou and Chris Heighington starting in the back row. Tyrone Peachey and Bryce Gibbs have been added to the bench.
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Re: 13.09.08 Round 26 Raiders v Sharks

Postby TerryG » Wed Sep 04, 2013 4:13 pm

Raiders v Sharks preview

By Nick Janzen
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Wed 04th September, 1:45pm


Raiders v Sharks
Canberra Stadium
Sunday 7pm

What a difference a year makes. Some 360 days ago the Canberra Raiders were the hottest side in the competition and the Cronulla Sharks were starting to slide – and the Green Machine ultimately ended the Shire boys’ 2012 campaign.

Now, 12 months later, the Raiders are on the nose and the Sharks are dreaming of what might just unfold in the coming weeks.

It’s been a fair fall from grace for Canberra, who strung together six wins at the end of last season to not only qualify for the finals but make it through to the second week of the playoffs. This season the Raiders have struggled with consistency – and their finals flame has been extinguished in the middle of their most recent poor run of form, a five-match losing streak that’s threatening to be extended by the Sharks.

Add recent dramas regarding David Furner’s sacking, the AWOL Blake Ferguson and the infraction notice handed to Sandor Earl and it’s been a tough month for Canberra.

Cronulla, meanwhile, continue to perform brilliantly under the tremendous weight of the ASADA investigation – but the question remains: when, or is, the bubble going to burst? Their 2013 season has been one of great consistency – apart from a four-match losing streak from Rounds 4-7, they’ve not conceded back-to-back losses.

Along the way, they’ve won 13 matches and accounted for some of the competition’s heavyweights, too – including the likes of the Roosters (32-22 in Round 24) and Rabbitohs (14-12 in Round 11).

This match doesn’t have a huge bearing on the make-up of the top eight. The Sharks are guaranteed a ‘home’ Finals Week One match no matter the result here, while the Raiders, currently in 12th spot, would need to win by 200 to have any chance of qualifying!

The match’s lack of finals relevance has resulted in Cronulla coach Shane Flanagan resting back-rowers Wade Graham and Jayson Bukuya who are supposedly suffering a number of ‘niggling’ injuries. Captain Paul Gallen is also out, suspended for a match after a ‘crusher’ tackle in the Sharks’ loss to the Cowboys last Sunday.

As a result Chris Heighington comes off the interchange bench and into the starting team in place of the skipper, while Anthony Tupou also moves from the bench and into jersey No.12. Bryce Gibbs and Tyrone Peachey have been added to the 17-man squad. Todd Carney, after missing the loss to the Cowboys with hamstring soreness, has been named to return at five-eighth, with his fitness to be assessed later in the week.

There are a host of changes to the Raiders’ side, too. Holden Cup star Mitch Cornish is in line to make his NRL debut, but is awaiting approval from the NRL for a second-tier salary cap exemption.

Glen Buttriss will miss the last game of the year and will undergo shoulder surgery, with Josh McCrone remaining at hooker. Anthony Milford shifts from halfback to fullback and Reece Robinson to the wing, with Cornish partnering Terry Campese in the halves. Sami Sauiluma starts in the centres with Joel Thompson moved into the forward pack, with Joe Picker coming onto the bench to replace Jake Foster. Joel Edwards will move to lock and Paul Vaughan will start the game from the bench.

This match marks veteran utility and premiership winner Shaun Berrigan’s last NRL game before retirement.

Watch Out Raiders: The home side can’t rely on the threat of ‘capital punishment’ any longer – apart from against the Dragons, of course! Cronulla have won six of their past nine matches at Canberra Stadium… and the Raiders have conceded 132 points in their past three home matches!

Watch Out Sharks: There’s an element of ‘we’re looking at the finals’ from Cronulla’s camp. Having told Wade Graham and Jayson Bukuya to put the feet up for a week, the Sharks risk going down to the nation’s capital with the wrong attitude – they’re understrength and, as a result, potentially unfocused, too. A loss here will cripple their confidence and momentum – they need a win to give them belief entering the finals series.

Plays To Watch: Expect Cronulla to throw in a chip kick or too at some stage – Canberra defuse just 55 per cent of them, the lowest figure in the league. The Raiders should anticipate plenty of traffic directed the way of rookie playmaker Mitch Cornish, too – he’s missed 21 tackles in 11 games in the under-20s competition this year, and securing the likes of Andrew Fifita, Sam Tagataese and Luke Lewis will prove a much tougher challenge than anything he’s previously encountered.

The Raiders will be looking to inject fullback Anthony Milford into as many attacking plays as possible – he’s their most dangerous customer.

Key Match-Up: David Shillington v Andrew Fifita. Both representative front-rowers are capable of making a big impact – and if they do it’ll have a huge bearing on the result. Shillington averages a tick more than 110 metres per game while Fifita runs for almost 140 each match. Who’ll dominate proceedings and give his team’s playmakers the required creative space to win?

Where It Will Be Won: Simple mistakes are costly – and these two teams know it more than most. The Raiders are one of the worst sides in the NRL for errors (10.8 per match – second most in the competition) – and the Sharks aren’t much better, either! Cronulla have committed an average of 10.6 errors per game (lowly 14th in the NRL).

It’s not rocket science – the coaches will be demanding their teams hold onto the ball, complete their sets, kick to the corners and put pressure on their opposition. If the players follow through on the orders, they’ll be halfway to victory.

The History: Played 60; Sharks 32, Raiders 28. At Canberra Stadium though the Green Machine hold a decisive advantage – they’ve won 14 of the 22 clashes at the venue.

Match Officials: Referees – Chris James & Adam Gee; Sideline Officials – Dan Eastwood & Reece Williams; Video Referees – Steve Chiddy & Henry Perenara.

Televised: Fox Sports 1 – Live 7pm.

The Way We See It: With just a week to go to the start of the Sharks’ finals campaign – and just days to go until the Raiders’ off-season commences – we can’t see anything but a Cronulla win here. Even without Wade Graham, Jayson Bukuya and Paul Gallen, they should prove too strong against a team struggling both on and off the field.

Sharks by 12 points.

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Re: 13.09.08 Round 26 Raiders v Sharks

Postby TerryG » Wed Sep 04, 2013 8:42 pm

Gallen annoyed at NRL ban

By Roje Adaimy
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Wed 04th September, 10:16am

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Paul Gallen is annoyed by his one-week ban.

Paul Gallen claims that the NRL is effectively punishing him twice for his now-infamous State of Origin punch on Nate Myles, and has called for changes to the league's judiciary system.

The Cronulla skipper will miss Sunday's final round clash with Canberra after taking the early guilty plea to a grade one dangerous contact charge for a crusher tackle on North Queensland's Scott Bolton on Sunday.

While the charge itself does not automatically attract a suspension, loading and 38 carry-over points from Gallen's Origin II melee with Queenslander Myles pushed the charge over the threshold for a one-match ban.

"That's something that I'm a bit annoyed about," Gallen said on Wednesday.

"It is disappointing for my club, the fact that I was suspended for the Origin incident - I missed a game back then because of that - and now later on in the year, at a pretty important time, that's what's tipped me over the edge.

"A grade one would've only gotten me 70 or 80 points or something. I would've taken the early guilty plea and been fine to play. But obviously now I can't because of what happened earlier in the year.

"I think that needs to be looked at.

"It definitely needs a change."

Gallen said even though the round 26 match against the Raiders won't have any bearing on the Sharks' position on the NRL ladder going into the finals series, the fact he was cited had been upsetting.

"Me not playing this week, I'm not too concerned about it. I'm a bit upset at the charge though," he said.

"I can understand I've been charged with a grade one, but I mean I've been playing for well over 200 games and probably made 30 or 40 tackles a game and never been involved in a tackle like this.

"It was purely accidental and some times these things happen in a game.

"But anyway, I'll cop a week for it and just get on with it in round one of the semis."

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Re: 13.09.08 Round 26 Raiders v Sharks

Postby TerryG » Wed Sep 04, 2013 8:47 pm

Gallen wants to offer an early guilty plea for a lower penalty and then plead not guilty in front of the press.

No wonder NSW don't have a prayer. 9 in a row.
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Re: 13.09.08 Round 26 Raiders v Sharks

Postby TerryG » Thu Sep 05, 2013 5:55 pm

Preview: Raiders v Sharks
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Last Updated 05/09/2013 12:13 PM

HEAD TO HEAD: Played 60 – Sharks 32, Raiders 28
LAST TIME: Round 10, 2013 – Sharks 30-20 at Sharks Stadium

MISSING IN ACTION: Glen Buttriss will undergo surgery on Friday to repair tendon damage in his shoulder, meaning his season is over. Tom Learoyd-Lahrs is also unavailable after aggravating a hamstring injury.

Sharks captain Paul Gallen will miss the match through suspension while Wade Graham and 2014 Warriors signing Jayson Bukuya will miss the match through injury.

FORM: Since a 22-18 win over the hapless Dragons, the Raiders have gone on a five-game losing streak book-ended by emphatic margins in defeat.

If the Raiders had tried to forget their 4-68 loss to the Storm in Round 21 at Canberra Stadium they were reminded of their inability to defend with a 16-50 drubbing at the hands of the 10th-placed Warriors.

In total the Raiders have leaked 204 points in their last five outings at an average of a tick over 40 points a game. Alarmingly, three of those five matches have been at home.

Add to that the recent sacking of Sandor Earl for his alleged involvement in the peptides scandal and what's left is a club low on confidence.

Despite being downed 18-31 by a desperate Cowboys outfit at home, the Sharks have done enough to seal sixth spot with a round to play. It's a fantastic achievement given the side's dark pre-season where they were mentioned in the ASADA scandal. The club has been hammered in recent days with fresh allegations emerging around the scandal, but it has failed to move into their on-field performance.

If the Bulldogs trip against the Broncos then the Sharks could finish as high as fifth, something only passionate supporters would have predicted in the midst of the scandalous peptide allegations in the pre-season.

WE THINK: The Raiders have wilted considerably in the past month - is there any chance for them now? Hardly likely if you're going on current form, but you can never rule out Croker and Terry Campese.

The two players have been chalk and cheese in the last month, with Croker's hat-trick against the Warriors the only highlight in a 34-point drubbing.

Nevertheless, the duo's unpredictability on attack will no doubt be stubbed out by a slick Sharks side looking to finish the regular season strongly and challenge for fifth spot that could make a big difference come finals time.

Sharks by 12.

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Re: 13.09.08 Round 26 Raiders v Sharks

Postby TerryG » Sun Sep 08, 2013 7:00 pm

HISTORY, Played 60, Canberra 22, Sharks 38, THIS GROUND, Played 22, Canberra 14, Sharks 8
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Re: 13.09.08 Round 26 Raiders v Sharks

Postby TerryG » Sun Sep 08, 2013 7:01 pm

Canberra have the worst defensive record in the comp over the last 5 weeks conceding an avg of 42 points a game
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Re: 13.09.08 Round 26 Raiders v Sharks

Postby TerryG » Sun Sep 08, 2013 7:02 pm

After winning 8 in a row at home the Canberra have now lost 5 in row including their last 3 at home conceding 132 points
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Re: 13.09.08 Round 26 Raiders v Sharks

Postby TerryG » Sun Sep 08, 2013 7:02 pm

A Sharks try has been the 1st scoring play in 6 of the last 7 clashes with Canberra
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Re: 13.09.08 Round 26 Raiders v Sharks

Postby TerryG » Sun Sep 08, 2013 7:03 pm

Canberra have conceded the 1st try in their last 5 games
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Re: 13.09.08 Round 26 Raiders v Sharks

Postby TerryG » Sun Sep 08, 2013 7:03 pm

A winning margin of 13+ has been the result in 5 of the last 6 meetings between Canberra & the Sharks
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Re: 13.09.08 Round 26 Raiders v Sharks

Postby TerryG » Sun Sep 08, 2013 7:04 pm

3 of the last 4 meetings between Canberra & Sharks have had total match points of 50 or more
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Re: 13.09.08 Round 26 Raiders v Sharks

Postby TerryG » Sun Sep 08, 2013 7:06 pm

Ben Pomeroy has scored 10 tries in his last 12 games for the Sharks against the Raiders
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Re: 13.09.08 Round 26 Raiders v Sharks

Postby TerryG » Sun Sep 08, 2013 7:06 pm

Anthony Milford has scored 6 tries since Rd 15 & he has been Canberra last try scorer with 5 of those 6 tries
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Re: 13.09.08 Round 26 Raiders v Sharks

Postby TerryG » Sun Sep 08, 2013 7:16 pm

Late Mail | Sharks: Todd Carney and Anthony Tupou OUT, Chad Townsend and Tupou Sopoaga IN.
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