Canberra Raiders Vs Manly Sea Eagles
21 April 2017, 6pm (AEST)
The Raiders are on a three game winning streak, can “Lei-Pana” dominance continue with the engine room delivering top end results? Vs a Manly team much like their resident beach, up and down waves, in wins and losses this season to date.
Can a Maroon Tidal wave make its way in land to the Nations capital? Or will the Raiders ride this wave into another winning sun set?
Canberra Raiders, 4-0-3, 5th
The “Lei-Pana” combination continues to develop and deliver results. Last week vs the Warriors, it was B.J. Leilua to benefit in the try department. He scored 2 or their 3 tries, 19th and 59th minute, with Hodgson sealing the game in the 66th minute. J. Croker continued his high scoring in matches (8 points) and kicked the Warriors out of the game, winning 20-8. The Raiders once again destroyed their opponents in run meters, last week by 349m, with 10 of their 17 players clearing 100m each, half of which where forwards. Paulo (185m), Papalii (180m) Soliola (138m) Boyd (128m) and Whitehead (122m) all continue their middle destructions of teams. This allowed Wighton (186m) Rapana (158m) Leilua (139m) Cotric (125m) and Croker (107m) to pick and choose their runs and get the victory. Another 80 minute performance that will keep the positive vibes rolling in the “Green Machines” camp. They are more then making up for the slow start to the season, showing why people are rating them a chance to go all the way in 2017. Now we are moving into the colder months of the year they will be harder again to beat, with the likely hood of playing along side penguins and polar bears in the next months.
Manly Sea Eagles, 3-0-4, 9th
So close yet so far, is a fair wrap up of their game vs the Storm. Manly let in 6 tries in the first half, the first in the opening minute of the game. But showed some real determination and worked hard for each other and reduced the deficit to 14 points at Half time, score line of 30-16. The 2nd 40 minutes they held the Storm to a Duck Egg, Zero points, but couldn’t score enough with only managing 2 tries to take the final score to 26-30. The main concern for Manly was extremely poor defence from their left edge (B. Kelly and J. Taufua). They will be working extremely hard this week, before they match up against, yep you guessed it “Lei-Pana”. However If Manly forget about Croker and Cotric (who are growing as an impressive pair themselves) it could be a very long day indeed. We are worried for Manly, as last week was a physical affair and now they will be walking into another hard fought game upfront. For them to be a chance of winning, they need to turn around their 76% completion rate, reduce their error rate from 8 and fix up their kicking game. A tough ask in 6 days.
Team news: (Final team lists released an hour before the game)
No changes, expected to run out 1-17 as per last week’s game.
Manly Sea Eagles
A collective sigh of relief from Manly fans as Big Bodied M. Taupau returns to the starting side. His offload will be one to watch, with their spine working off his massive shoulders.
L. Perrett is out with injury and A.Fonua-Blake is expected dot take his place on the bench.
N. Myles has also been named after his “rest” last week and is listed as no.18. For Qld coach and fans, they would be hoping to see him out there against a large pack to keep his hat in the ring off a big performance, for the upcoming representational period.
The remainder of the bench is a little confusing with 2 utilities named, vs a large Raiders pack, this is leading us to think that they will try to run them around the park.
Their last 5 game report card:
Raiders have won 3 games, once at GIO, Manly have won 2 games, also once at GIO.
2016 – Round 25 – Raiders won by 14 at Lottoland
2016 – Round 13 – Raiders won by 12 at GIO
2015 – Round 23 – Manly won by 2 at GIO
2015 – Round 5 – Raiders won by 13 at Lavington
2014 – Round 8 – Manly won by 36 at Lottoland
What we take from this?
Last years form of the Raiders is starting to be replicated now this year, if not better as their combinations and forwards have grown immensely. We see a Raiders victory here and the odds of $1.25 are saying the Bookies do also. Before last weeks results we were thinking Total Game Points Over 42.5, with their last 5 games going over this total. However the Storm where terrible in defence last week and the Raiders held the Warriors for the first time this year under 10 points.
For Us the Raiders defence will win this game by frustrating Manly’s key men, forcing errors and giving the Green machines forwards to much ball. As we have seen this year to date, if the Forwards are chewing up the middle metres, the Raiders backs have the class to finish it off.
We have the Raiders winning by 12+, the best odds we have found are on Ladbrokes:
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