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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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Picker racing the clock

Canberra Raiders forward Joe Picker will race the clock to be fit for round one, after he sustained a rib injury in the Raiders 30-18 trial loss to the Bulldogs in Tamworth on Saturday night. The Raiders back rower will be assessed by club medical staff this week to determine the extent of his injury, but he could be available as soon as the Raiders round one clash if he responds well to treatment. The Raiders started the match slowly on Saturday night letting the Bulldogs get out to an early 18-0 lead, before a second half comeback saw the team salvage the score line by scoring three smart tries to finish at 30-18. For the Raiders Glen Buttriss was one of the side’s best at hooker and added some spark around the ruck when he entered the game at halftime, as did Sam Williams at halfback, who scored his first try at NRL level and set up new recruit Nathan Massey as well. The Raiders will have a tough week of training this week before being given the weekend off, as they return to training Monday to prepare for the Round one clash against the Sharks at Canberra Stadium.

Bulldogs 30 – Raiders 18

A composed and potent Canterbury punished Canberra in the first half of their NRL trial before running out 30-18 winners at Scully Park on Saturday night. The Bulldogs raced to an 18-0 halftime lead thanks largely to the weight of possession and a superior kicking game, mostly from the boot of new halfback recruit Trent Hodkinson. Winger Bryson Goodwin got the scoring underway in the first few minutes when he crossed in the left corner and then had a hand in the second try as he tipped a kick from five-eighth Kris Keating back for Josh Morris to score the first of his two tries. Yet another cross-field kick, this time to the right from Hodkinson, saw a spilled ball fall for Dogs skipper David Stagg to score the third and Goodwin landed another tough goal. Continue reading