Canberra looks to revitalise a hoodoo and get its first win at home for the year.
The Canberra Raiders take on a side that last year finally ended a long-running winning streak, when they face the St George Illawarra Dragons at GIO Stadium on Saturday night.
Games against the Dragons in Canberra have come with a decent amount of superstition for a long time, but this year the match is just about the victory—Canberra is shooting for its second win of the year, and first at home, while St George is looking to open its account for 2015.
While it’s only round three, the Dragons are already having questions asked of them. The two losses aside, they have only scored a collective eight points from the first two games of the year, and subsequent alarm bells about the potency of their attack are being raised.
Last week St George turned in a fairly meek effort against a firing Wests Tigers team, going down 22-4.
The biggest danger for the Raiders will come from Benji Marshall, who is still trying to find his best form back in the NRL—but always looks dangerous and always looks on the verge of doing great things.
[quote]...this game should be treated as a very dangerous one. [/quote]
Raiders cast-aside Josh Dugan is also on the danger list for Canberra. He is carrying an injury, and is absent from the roster, but the Raiders are preparing as if he will make a surprise return for the game.
From their own point of view, the Raiders will be without the up-and-coming Jack Wighton—who is sidelined with his own injury. Jordan Rapana will be out to emulate Wighton’s early season form at fullback.
This match will see Dane Tilse play his 200th NRL match, and the occasion should provide some extra motivation for the Green Machine to play well.
The Raiders will earn slight favouritism in this contest for two reasons: they have exhibited more flair and form at this early stage in the season—and they’re at home. Neither of those factors come close to earning a certain victory, and thus this game should be treated as a very dangerous one.
Will Canberra bounce back from last week’s loss?