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Postby H » Thu Apr 11, 2013 4:31 pm

Canberra Raiders v New Zealand Warriors
Canberra Stadium, Bruce ACT, Saturday 13 April 2013
Holden Cup Under 20's kickoff 5:15pm

Raiders: 1. Jack Ahearn 2. Jono Kent 3. Brenko Lee 4. Jeremy Hawkins 5. Brad Smith 6. Jordan Worboys 7. Mitchell Cornish (c) 8. Jeremy Cropper 9. Matt Frawley 10. Jeff Lynch 11. Mitchell Barnett 12. Josh Baker 13. Dennis Tomarchio
Interchange: 14. Ricky Garard 15. Mitchell Shaw 16. Patrick Mago 17. Tahakilu Pangai 18. Jake Rumsby
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Re: Raiders

Postby H » Thu Apr 11, 2013 5:23 pm

NYC Round 6 Preview: Raiders v Warriors

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Thursday 11 April 2013 10:00 AM
NYC Round 6 Preview: Raiders v Warriors

The Canberra Raiders Under 20s side will be playing at home for the second consecutive week this Saturday when they take on the New Zealand Warriors in a mouth watering Holden Cup clash at Canberra Stadium.

The junior Raiders currently sit 4th on the Holden Cup table and will gunning for their fifth consecutive victory when they meet the Auckland based side.

The Green Machine was impressive against the Sydney Roosters last week, particularly during the first half which saw them shoot out to a 28-8 lead by the break.

Some questionable refereeing decisions during the second half saw the Roosters get back to within eight points with 20 minutes to go but a late try to Brenko Lee and a field goal from captain Mitch Cornish ultimately sealed the game for the Raiders with the end score being 35-26.

Overall Raiders coach Mick Mantelli was pleased with the performance but has signalled that he still wants to see improvements from his side.

“We started to gel a bit more with our structures in that first half,” Mantelli said “We were pretty good defensively too.

“We now need to learn how to close our games down but that comes down to maturity and as I’ve said on a number of occasions, we’re a young team.

“We’ve been working on defence a lot this week... around the ruck area we were pretty poor, they (the Roosters) came through our middle too much in the second half.”

Expect a big game from Mitch Cornish this weekend. He was in fine touch during his comeback match at Holden Cup level scoring one try and setting up two others. He also appeared to utilise his running game against the Roosters much to the delight of Mantelli.

“I spoke to Mitch before the game,” Mantelli said “He needs to run the footy more and against the Roosters he was squaring up and taking on the line with some foot work and it paid dividends for him.”

Similarly look out for second rower Mitch Barnett who was named the Raiders’ official man of the match last Sunday after a really strong game in defence which saw him rattle a number of Roosters players with his aggressive tackling.

The Warriors currently sit one spot behind the Raiders on the ladder in 5th position and will be feeling confident after disposing of the South Sydney Rabbitohs, 46-14, at Mt Smart Stadium last Sunday. Coach Mantelli is very much aware of the damage they can do.

“They were pretty damaging against Souths on the weekend” Mantelli said, “They’ve got backs that are just as big and run just as hard as their forwards do.
“We’ve got to be willing to get them in the wrestle... put our shoulders in and do a bit of ‘D’ (defence).”

One man that the Raiders must pay close attention to this week is Warriors five eighth Tuimoala Lolohea. This 18 year old playmaker is more than capable of breaking even the strongest of defensive lines and scored two tries against Souths last week.

This week’s game kicks off at 5:15pm and will NOT be televised so Raiders fans should come down to Canberra Stadium early to show their support for the boys.
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Re: Raiders

Postby H » Sun Apr 14, 2013 10:54 am

Match Report NYC: Raiders draw with Warriors in a thriller
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The Canberra Raiders Holden Cup side has drawn with New Zealand Warriors 22 all this evening at Canberra Stadium.

It was a disappointing result for the Raiders who had managed to pull ahead of the Warriors 22-20 late in the second half after trailing the visitors for the majority of the match.

There was a significant change to the side named in the middle of the week with Mitch Cornish withdrawing after being selected for Mounties. This saw Anthony Milford return to the NYC in halves after a stint in first grade.

Milford’s impact was almost immediate as he set up the first try of the afternoon for centre Brenko Lee after catching the Warriors defence short with a great cut out pass in the fourth minute of play. Milford subsequently missed the conversion attempt from the right hand touch line and it was 4 –0.

The Warriors snatched the lead in the 16th minute of play when a short ball from Michael Sio at dummy half put a rampaging David Bhana in under the posts.

The last 20 minutes of the first half was reasonably uneventful with a combination of errors and one out runs off the ruck seeing play confined mainly between the two sides’ 20 metres lines.

The Warriors rounded off the scoring for the first half grabbing a try through five eighth Tuimoala Lolohea who beat multiple Raiders defenders with some nice footwork during a 15 metre run to the line. Warriors halfback Mason Lino hooked his conversion from out wide and at the break the Raiders trailed 10-4.

Interchange hooker Trent Bishop extended the visitors lead less than three minutes after the resumption when he crossed adjacent to the right hand post. This time Lino converted and the Raiders trailed by two converted tries.

Some controlled play from Raiders down the Warriors’ end of the field paid dividends in the 50th minute of play when monster prop, Kilu Pangai touched down under the posts,despite the attention of four Warriors defenders. This set up an easy conversion attempt for Milford who didn’t miss.

Brenko lee looked to have made two unanswered tries for the Raiders when broke his way through Warriors left side defence but he was denied by referee Phil Henderson who ruled that the big centre had lost the ball in the process of grounding it.

The next fifteen minutes was all the Warriors with some solid short kicking from Lino forcing three quick fire line drop outs. The Green Machine scrambled well but there was only so much pressure that they could take and eventually the Warriors scored again when centre David Fusitua exploited an overlap on the left hand blind for an unconverted try, 20-10.

Lee scored his second try of the evening in the 68th minute of play after backing up a nice break from hooker Matt Frawley. Play was halted for several minutes immediately following this try after Frawley was stretchered off the field after what appeared to be a late hit. The alleged culprit was subsequently sent off.

Lee completed his hat trick on the set immediately after the restart. Milford received the ball on the 30 metre line and outpaced three Warriors defenders down the right. He then ran 65 metres before passing to Lee, providing his fellow Souths Logan junior a saloon passage to the try line. Milford then backed up with another conversion to put the Green Machine ahead 22-20 with just eight minutes remaining.

The Warriors levelled the scores two minutes out from fulltime when the Raiders were penalised just 10 metres out right in front of the posts, presenting Lino an easy goal attempt.

Canberra had a late opportunity to score a match winning try when they managed retrieve their own short kick off, setting up a promising field goal attempt for Milford. Unfortunately Milford’s kick missed to the right.
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