Canberra Raiders Vs New Zealand Warriors
15 April 2017, 5:30pm (AEST)
GIO Stadium

A Green machine firing on all cylinders, propelled by “Le-Pana” and its big men going forward vs New Zealand Warriors building form from their halves and their exciting influence on their team mates, who are now really having a dig.

Canberra Raiders 3-0-3, 6th

Another dominate performance by the Raiders disposing of the injury riddled Gold Coast Titans. “Le-Pana” (BJ. Leilua and J. Rapana) unbelievable connection continues to deliver, they managed to score (3 to Rapana) 4 out of the first 5 tries in a soul destroying 31 minutes. Rapana’s game was one for the history books and had Queensland selectors seeing if Wellington, New Zealand, was classified as “In Queensland”. As he punched out 234m, 19 tackle breaks (WOW), 3 Line Breaks and 3 tries. It was a throw back to the early 1990’s Raiders team, where their size and skill just out classed opposing teams at will. The forwards weren’t to be out done with J. Paulo (yes their prop) cleared the 200m mark also with 211m of hard running, J. Papalii 165m, S. Boyd 141m, E. Whitehead 114m and J. Tapine 105m really hurting the Gold Coast team in the middle of the pack.
Their forwards will be tested this week, vs some big mobile bodies from New Zealand and we are intrigued to see how this section of the match plays out.

New Zealand Warriors 3-0-3, 10th

It is no surprise that the Warriors form is heading north due to K. Foran’s influence both on and off the field. This man is a Foot Baller, love him or hate him, he’s one of the most dedicate players going around atm. He looks like he has dealt with his demons and is now repaying the faith/community of NZ and it’s contagious. I. Luke once again was sniping from the dummy half and his big men followed him, with 4 forwards clearing the 100m and Hoffman on 97m. Their captain, R. T-Sheck, once again cleared 200m (209m) as he busted 9 tackles, with one line break. Inspirational stuff that everyone is seeing and building on. They were simply too good for the Eels, whom struggled to take their chances, lacked go forward (only one forward cracked 100m, N. brown 114m) and missed B. French’s elusiveness.
The Warriors for the first time in a long time put in for the full 80 minutes, can they do it again and cause a boil over in the nations capital? Time will tell.

Team news: (Final team lists released an hour before the game)

No team changes at this stage, with both teams expected to run out 1-17

Their last 5 game report card: Raiders 2 wins, 1 at GIO, NZ 3 wins, 2 wins at GIO

2016 – Round 20 – Raiders won by 4 at GIO
2016 – Round 11 – Raiders won by 26
2015 – Round 16 – NZ won by 22 at Mt Smart
2015 – Round 2 – NZ won by 12 at GIO
2014 – Round 21 – NZ won by 36 at GIO
Year – Round – who won by how much – stadium

What we take from this?
Both teams unchanged is a great sign that we should see some consistency from previous games. We are thinking it will be a relatively close game, not a blow out as predicted, with the Warriors spine firing, this will keep them in it. The plus line looked like the play at +10 for $1.90, however we have found something even better.

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