Monday’s (10/08/2015) only NRL 2015 Round 22 match is between Canberra Raiders and Wests Tigers. The opening bounce is set to commence at 19:00 local time with the game to be played at GIO Stadium. The home team Canberra Raiders are the favourites for the match. View our preview and teams for the game between Canberra Raiders and Wests Tigers.
When: 19:00 | Monday 10/08/2015
Where: GIO Stadium
Tip: Canberra Raiders at $1.46
Value Tip: First Tryscorer: Sisa Waqa at $9.50
1 Jack Wighton 2 Sisa Waqa 3 Jarrod Croker (c) 4 Joseph Leilua 5 Jordan Rapana 6 Blake Austin 7 Sam Williams 8 Frank Paul Nuuausala 9 Glen Buttriss 10 David Shillington 11 Josh Papalii 12 Jarrad Kennedy 13 Shaun Fensom. Interchange: 14 Kurt Baptiste 15 Mitchell Barnett 16 Paul Vaughan 17 Shannon Boyd.
1 James Tedesco 2 David Nofoaluma 3 Kevin Naiqama 4 Tim Simona 5 Pat Richards 6 Mitchell Moses 7 Luke Brooks 8 Aaron Woods 9 Robbie Farah (c) 10 Keith Galloway 11 Curtis Sironen 12 Dene Halatau 13 Sauaso Sue. Interchange: 14 Kyle Lovett 15 Jack Buchanan 16 Ava Seumanufagai 17 Brenden Santi 18 Manaia Cherrington.
Has the Green Machine broken down for 2015?
At best, Canberra are operating on just three cylinders after blowing an 18-0 lead in their 32-24 loss on Saturday night to North Queensland in Townsville.
On the surface, the players and coach Ricky Stuart would be filthy they surrendered such a lead against one of the NRL frontrunners.
But the match is set to cost them much more.
Bargain buy of the season Blake Austin was placed on report for a lifting tackle on Cowboy Gavin Cooper, who then scored a minute later.
There was also a suggestion of a trip on Jason Taumalolo late in the match.
Edrick Lee also faces a nervous wait for the charges to be read out on Monday.
There was little doubt his trip of Cowboys centre Justin O’Neill was anything but deliberate. It saved a try, but could cost him weeks on the sidelines.
To cap it off, Josh Hodgson hobbled off with an injury and did not return in the second half.
It is the last thing the Raiders need.
In the lead-up to Saturday’s match, the cards had landed favourably after Canterbury and the Warriors had both lost.
A win would have catapulted the Raiders into the top eight.
Instead, Canberra are left fighting for their season, with two players facing suspension as they need to win at least four out of five matches to remain in the hunt.
Coach Ricky Stuart said he was constantly being asked if making the eight was an expectation for the Raiders.
“Honestly, we look at each game,” he said.
“It’s disappointing because this (loss) probably makes it harder.
“But we don’t go out there sitting there and trying to count numbers, where we’ve got to be, who we’ve got to play and what we’ve got to do.
“We’ll just worry about next week.
“Then we’ll start worrying about the one after.”
Stuart declined to comment on the incidents on report.
*Odds correct at time of posting. Subject to change