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Injuries to upset Raiders v Sharks opener

There’s as much uncertainty over the Cronulla Sharks and Canberra Raiders sides as there is about Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s popularity right now. At least in the national capital on Sunday, supporters and rivals won’t have to wait long for a decision. Up to seven players named in the two extended squads by respective coaches Shane Flanagan and David Furner, are in some doubt for the 2pm game at Canberra Stadium. The Sharks have centre Dean Collis and forward Anthony Tupou (leg injuries) undergoing constant treatment this week, but they’ve been named in the starting 13, along with a six-man bench. The Raiders new half recruit, Matt Orford, and former Sharks winger Blake Ferguson are among five doubtfuls. Continue reading

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Raiders taking positives out of trials

The Canberra Raiders will take plenty of positives out of their 24-4 trial loss to the Melbourne Storm last night, despite being on the wrong end of the score line. The Green Machine trialled 30 players in the match at the Bega Recreational Ground, with several of their big name stars rested for the match, while others like David Shillington and Bronson Harrison only played in just over half of the contest. In a tough opening third of play defence from both the Raiders and Storm was on show, with the 0-0 score line at the break reflecting the arm wrestle of a match which was played on a heavy track in Bega following substantial rain in the lead up. The Raiders had their chances to score throughout the contest but lacked the finishing touch on a few occasions, with some of the younger outside backs losing the ball when in scoring positions. Continue reading

Raiders welcome back guns for run to the finals

In-form Canberra are preparing to welcome back their cavalry as they look to turn three straight wins into a crack at the NRL finals. Topping the news that electrifying fullback Josh Dugan has avoided serious injury, the Raiders will have Test prop David Shillington, skipper Alan Tongue, utility Glen Buttriss and lock Shaun Fensom back for the run to September. Scans have shown Dugan has no structural damage to a shoulder he injured in Saturday’s 20-13 win over Cronulla, the Raiders’ third straight which left them two points outside the eight. “It was a bruised shoulder blade I believe but at this end of the season you start to carry a few niggly injuries,” coach David Furner told reporters on Monday. “He should be right.” Prop Scott Logan will have an ultrasound on Tuesday on his injured finger despite initial scans showing no fracture. Continue reading

The Judiciary and the Fallout

Canberra prop David Shillington will be free to line up against South Sydney’s monster pack in the NRL on Sunday, after he took an early guilty plea for a careless high tackle charge.  The Queensland Origin representative was charged with a grade one offence by the NRL’s match review committee, but won’t have to sit out a game.

Promising Brisbane rookie Matt Gillett will miss the next month of football with a knee problem, but at least he won’t have a suspension next to his name as well, after also taking the early guilty plea. Gillett was charged with a grade one dangerous contact, leading with his feet – but has escaped penalty.

The Warriors’ Ukuma Ta’ai, the third player charged by the match review committee, also took an early guilty plea for a grade one dangerous tackle charge, and will be available to play against Melbourne on ANZAC Day.

There were no players charged from Monday night’s battle between Melbourne and Manly, won 18-16 by the Sea Eagles.

Todd Carney should play next week

It was bruising affair yesterday when the Sydney City Roosters accounted for the Canverra Raiders 36 – 6 with a number of players sustaining injuries during the match, none more important then the rib injury to DT favourite Todd Carney. The Roosters decided not to risk further injury to Carney after he hurt his ribs in a heavy tackle by Adam Mogg early in the second half, and were left counting their bruises after the match. Exciting young New Zealand prop Jared Waerea-Hargreaves was left with a badly broken nose and concussion after making his long-awaited debut following his signing from Manly. Smith said both he and Carney should be fit to face St George Illawarra on Anzac Day next Sunday, but he was unhappy with some of the heavy-handed tactics from the Raiders, who had David Shillington put on report following a high shot on Jason Ryles. “Rylesy’s modelling career is officially finished, he has got a few stitches in his face, there are a couple of things out there that we are keen to have a look at on the video,” Smith said. “Toddy Carney got a rib injury, but we decided to get him off and the doc said he might be OK for next week which would be great. “We are a bit battered and bruised and Waerea-Hargreaves had his face re-arranged.”

Trials round up.

As a NQ Cowboys follower, I expect no less from a player that has left our ranks under hazy circumstances other than to go onto success for another club. Travis Burns ($155,100 HLV) it seems will prove to be another statistic in this ever growing list, it has been reported he had a blinder and made an unforgettable statement in his pursuit to be the other half running along side Luke Walsh ($210,700 HLV) for the Panthers this season. Wade Graham ($167,200 HLV) is also looking to secure this position but after the weekend he may have the odds against him, also having had his differences in the past with Coach Elliott may work against his desire for a starting role. With Luke Lewis ($220,200 CTW/HLV), Petero Civinoceva ($271,300 FRF) and Trent Waterhouse ($307,800 2RF) to return the Panthers are certainly poised for an early attack in this years competition. The Eels on the other hand could possibly see reason for a little concern seeming they almost had their A side on the paddock, but with Daniel Mortimer ($268,000 HLV) and Ben Smith ($189,600 CTW/2RF) exiting because of injury early and Nathan Hindmarsh ($367,700 2RF) a no show, the Eels won’t be too worried.

PENRITH PANTHERS 32 (Travis Burns 2, Shane Elford, Luke Walsh, Michael Gordon, Ryan Walker tries; Michael Gordon 3, Travis Burns goals) def PARRAMATTA EELS 12 (Luke Burt, Ben Smith tries; Luke Burt 2 goals) at CUA Stadium. Crowd: 11,113.

The first half of the Dogs V Dragons line ups looked almost like a standard Telstra Cup fixture, with Jamal Idris ($153,300 CTW) for the Dogs showing what he is potentially capable of week in week out with his unique attacking style culminating in 2 tries for the giant youngster. Ben Barba ($91,100 HLV) also showed he is more than ready if veteran Brett Kimmorley ($237,300 HLV) should happen upon injury with some good touches when on the field. For the Saints, Nathan Fien ($211,500 HLV/HOK) continues to impress Coach Bennett, constantly threatening from Dummy Half and will no doubt slot into the run on side somewhere in this seasons Dragons campaign. In true trials fashion both sides made plenty of errors and it was difficult to split the two, defence being the only winner in this tight fought contest.

DRAGONS 16 (Lett, Green, Vickery Tries; Goodwin 2 Goals)BULLDOGS 14 (Idris 2, Nanai Tries; Turner 1 Goal)

Big things are expected from the Rabbitohs and the Titans this season, if we were to go by their rosters it should be a safe bet on a finals berth for both. The bunnies didn’t throw their big money forwards onto the field preferring to show off their depth against the Titans, and they held their own. For the Titans, the Prince ($287,300 HLV) Bird ($250,000 HLV/2RF) combination had another game to find the common ground between the flair and creativity of Prince mixing with the glass smashing brutality of Bird. The Bunnies youngsters, trying to capture the eye of Coach Lang had some flair of their own whilst the Titans proved to be more tradesman like in their performance. The Titans also played their bargain Ex Kiwi International Clinton Toopi (Not Listed) who brought plenty to the table.

Gold Coast Titans 28 (M Rogers, C Toopi, R Brown, S Prince, W Zillman tries; S Prince 4 goals) defeated South Sydney Rabbitohs 22 (L Capewell 2, I Luke, J Vaivai tries; C Sandow 2, A Reynolds 1 goal). Crowd 5500.

Ben Te’o ($203,100 2RF) performed, scoring twice in what could may possibly be the year for the talented back rower, after showing plenty of potential the former Tiger may have finally settled within the Brisbane outfit. As reported, Israel Folau ($139,800 CTW) also shared the Fullback position with Corey Norman (Not Listed) who is only 18 but showing plenty of confidence and try scoring ability. Albeit an experimental outing for the Broncos it was considered successful. For the Green Machine it was Terry Campese ($331,900 HLV) and Joel Monaghan ($154,500 CTW) who stood ahead of the rest, behind a pack that never let them down. Dane Tilse ($195,600 FRF) ate up the metres while stalwart Alan Tongue ($238,800 2RF) proved that his workload is as high as ever and the Scott Logan ($162,100 FRF), Dane Tilse, David Shillington ($175,500 FRF) and Bronson Harrison ($292,200 2RF) combination could prove to be a dark horse in this seasons high profile packs.

Brisbane 32 d Canberra 24 *Will Post stats asap.