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Canberra Raiders vs Penrith Panthers: Lineups, Preview & Prediction

GIO Stadium, Canberra, Sunday 20th August, 2pm AEST.


Overview

The Canberra Raiders host the Penrith Panthers in what should be a hard-fought contest between two teams who are in need of the points.

Canberra have finally kicked into gear with three convincing victories in a row. Having scored 30 points or more in each of those games, their attack has finally come good.

Penrith have climbed into the top eight on the back of recent form. A win at the NRL’s capital club could see them move as high as fourth, should other results fall in their favour.

Recent Meetings

2017 – Rd 14 – Panthers 24 def. Raiders 20 at Carrington Park

2016 – Semi Final – Raiders 22 def. Panthers 12 at GIO Stadium

2016 – Rd 9 – Panthers 19 def. Raiders 18 at Carrington Park

2016 – Rd 1 – Raiders 30 def. Panthers 22 at GIO Stadium

2015 – Rd 25 – Raiders 34 def. Panthers 18 at GIO Stadium

The Raiders have the edge over Penrith at the GIO Stadium having won the previous three encounters at the ground. Penrith did win the other two games from the last five meetings, albeit at Carrington Park.

Selected Teams

Raiders
 
 
Panthers
Jack Wighton11Dylan Edwards
Nick Cotric22Josh Mansour
Jarrod Croker33Tyrone Peachey
Joseph Leilua44Waqa Blake
Jordan Rapana55Dallin Watene-Zelezniak
Blake Austin66Matt Moylan
Aidan Sezer77Nathan Cleary
Junior Paulo88James Tamou
Josh Hodgson99Sione Katoa
Shannon Boyd1010Reagan Campbell-Gillard
Josh Papalii1111Corey Harawira-Naera
Joseph Tapine1212Isaah Yeo
Elliott Whitehead1313Moses Leota
 
INTERCHANGE
 
Kurt Baptiste1414Tyrone May
Clay Priest1515Bryce Cartwright
Dave Taylor1616Tim Browne
Luke Bateman1717James Fisher-Harris
 
RESERVES
 
Michael Oldfield1818Trent Merrin
Jeff Lima1919Dean Whare
Royce Hunt2020Viliame Kikau
Erin Clark2121Mitch Rein

The Facts Of The Matter

Canberra Raiders

Canberra come into the game riding a wave of momentum and need to keep their form up if they have aspirations of making the finals series. Josh Hodgson may be key to the Raiders chances again as whenever the number nine plays well, the Raiders also perform.

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A couple of weeks ago they were at their best in a victory over the Sharks in an almost flawless display. Similar displays in the closing rounds of the regular season might be needed to earn a top eight spot.

Penrith Panthers

The Panthers are slowly becoming the side that many thought they would be prior to the season, when there were touted as Premiership contenders. They have won six in a row to move into the top eight but a drop off in form could see their finals hopes slip away.

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Nathan Cleary has expertly led the Panthers around the park and has been the catalyst for their upturn in form. If the Raiders can stop Cleary, then they’ll have half a chance of coming away with the points.

Prediction

It’s tough to split two sides who are in good form and playing some attractive footy. The Raiders are out to keep their finals dream alive and should sneak the win. Raiders by 4.   

Who do you think will win this one and take a huge step toward finals footy, the Raiders or the Panthers? Let us know in the comments and poll below.

  1. Poll: Who do you think will win this one and take a huge step toward finals footy, the Raiders or the Panthers?

    1. Canberra Raiders
    2. Penrith Panthers
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Tom Stratton

I'm a Tennis coach and a full on Cronulla Sharks fan. I love football and support Juventus aswell as playing on weekends. I'm crazy about sport and never shy about sharing my opinions about it.

Canberra Raiders vs Penrith Panthers: Lineups, Preview & Prediction

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