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Dugan and Orford out

Canberra will face an early test of their depth when they head into Sunday’s round one NRL clash with Cronulla minus big names Josh Dugan and Matt Orford. Rising star Dugan has a calf injury and failed to train on Saturday, while veteran halfback Orford is a definite non-starter with a groin problem. Dugan is extremely doubtful and his place at fullback will be taken by David Milne. Nineteen-year-old half Sam Williams comes into the squad for Orford. Whether the 2010 Toyota Cup halfback of the year starts remains to be seen with hooker Alan Tongue a strong chance of taking over the playmaking duties. Star signing Orford, 32, has been hampered during pre-season with a groin strain and has not been able to recover in time to face the Sharks. The Raiders are already without former Test five-eighth Terry Campese until midseason after a knee reconstruction, his place taken by Josh McCrone. Continue reading

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Round 1 team list tips

Sydney Roosters star Todd Carney is out of Friday’s NRL season opener against South Sydney at the Sydney Football Stadium. Carney, who has endured a torrid lead-up to the start of the new campaign, following his arrest for drink-driving 10 days ago, has not been named in the Roosters side after failing to recover from January groin surgery. The Dally M Medallist sustained the injury playing for Australia in the Four Nations clash with New Zealand in Auckland in October. Coach Brian Smith named Braith Anasta at five-eighth alongside Mitchell Pearce with Carney expected to be back for the round two clash with Manly. However, the Roosters are boosted by the surprise return of secondrower Mitch Aubusson who had been expected to be sidelined until round four with a shoulder injury. Souths coach John Lang said he had been preparing for Carney to play and believed the troubled playmaker’s off-field problems would have no effect on his game. “He had a great season last year and I see no reason why he won’t pick up where he left off last year,” Lang said. “Often for players, the game and training, if there’s been a few problems that can be a bit of a relief for them rather than another pressure.” Continue reading

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

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

Williams taking advantage of his chance

Young Raiders halfback Sam Williams said he’s looking forward to getting another chance in the top grade and would be excited to get another chance if selected in this weekend’s trial match against the Bulldogs in Tamworth. Williams made a solid debut in his first senior game on Saturday night in Bega and with Matt Orford in doubt for the Tamworth trip with his knee injury, the opportunity could open the door for Williams to get some game time in the halves alongside Josh McCrone and Mick Picker. Williams said he enjoyed his first taste at NRL level and would be more than willing if given another chance against the Bulldogs. “I loved every second of playing alongside the NRL squad and I would love to get another chance if Dave Furner wants me to go to Tamworth,” Williams said. Continue reading