Wed, Mar 16, 6:57pm by Kevin Pitstock
Last year these teams played each other twice in the regular season in rounds 26 and 2. The Raiders triumphed both at home and away. Winding the clock back further to the end of 2009 it was once again the Raiders on top, and it was the biggest thumping that any Brisbane Broncos side has ever had in a 56-0 white wash. That means the Raiders have made a hat-trick of their opponents from up north. Last week the Raiders showed the rest of the NRL how to win without your starting half back, full back AND five eighth! The Broncos were not so much of a disappointment against the Cowboys last week in their 2 point loss, they just couldn’t seem to convert momentum into points. The Raiders have the home field advantage, winning 10 of 18 with 1 draw.
Brett White (Suspended)
Canberra Raiders Preview
After week 1 the Raiders are sitting at 2nd on the ladder after beating the Sharks by 28. In this match the Raiders were without star full back Josh Dugan and sturdy half back Matt Orford. This week sees the return of these 2 key players, and we could be witnessing some spectacular football. They will be missing captain Alan Tongue and front rower Brett White this weekend, but when you boast the biggest and strongest pack in the NRL then there will be very little lost in the middle of the park.
Brisbane Broncos Preview
I can hear the chants already…. “Bring back Wayne! Bring Back Wayne!” Something has gone wry in Brisbane, ever since Wayne was shown the door their team has resembled a Jersey Flegg side. This indicates that for the last 20 years the Broncos have relied on the reputation of Wayne to bring new talent to the club, and the employees in the recruitment office have done nothing but fill out the paperwork. The Broncos had all round better statistics than the cowboys last week and based on this there is no logical reason they lost the match. What they were lacking was players that turn good statistics into points. If they had Hodges and Hennant it may have been a different story, but they didn’t, and it wasn’t. This week they are once again without them, meaning that even if they win in statistics there is no guarantee they will be walking away with the points. I will start tipping them only when these two players return. It may be a team sport, but a couple of exceptional individuals can make a massive difference.
Prediction and Odds
The Raiders had mediocre stats last week, but they didn’t need any better…. They were playing the Sharks. The Broncos are still without a couple of impact players, and the Raiders gain a couple. This should be one of the Raiders best home crowds of the season as they rarely snag a Friday night spot. After winning the last 3 against the Broncos our capital city dwellers will start to admire their team knocking off power club Brisbane Broncos. I think the Bronco’s will be able to hold on for a while, but the Green Machine will prevail in a 10 point victory.
Raiders giving 5.5 is a sure thing and is paying $1.91 through Sportingbet Australia. Raiders by 10 is paying $21.00.
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