Sunday’s first NRL Round 21 match is between South Sydney Rabbitohs and Canberra Raiders. The opening bounce is set to commence at 14:05 local time with the game to be played at ANZ Stadium. The away team Canberra Raiders are the favourites for the match. View our preview and teams for the game between South Sydney Rabbitohs and Canberra Raiders.
When: 14:05 | Sunday 31/07/2016
Where: ANZ Stadium
Tip: Canberra Raiders at $1.40
Value Tip: First Try Scorer: Jack Wighton at $18.00
Rabbitohs: 1 Cody Walker 2 Alexander Johnston 3 Bryson Goodwin 4 Aaron Gray 5 Michael Oldfield 6 Luke Keary 7 Adam Reynolds 8 George Burgess 9 Cameron McInnes 10 Zane Musgrove 11 John Sutton 12 Kyle Turner 13 Samuel Burgess. Interchange: 14 Jason Clark 15 Nathan Brown 16 Angus Crichton 17 Thomas Burgess 18 David Tyrrell 19 Damien Cook 20 Jack Gosiewski.
Raiders: 1 Jack Wighton 2 Edrick Lee 3 Jarrod Croker 4 Joseph Leilua 5 Jordan Rapana 6 Blake Austin 7 Aidan Sezer 8 Junior Paulo 9 Josh Hodgson 10 Shannon Boyd 11 Josh Papalii 12 Elliot Whitehead 13 Shaun Fensom. Interchange: 14 Adam Clydesdale 15 Luke Bateman 16 Iosia Soliola 17 Joseph Tapine.
Canberra have moved into the NRL’s top four for the first time in more than a decade with a 26-22 golden-point win over the Warriors.
The Raiders held a comfortable 22-4 lead with 10 minutes to go on Saturday afternoon but let in three late tries to set up a grandstand finish at GIO Stadium.
Skipper Jarrod Croker scored the match-winning try less than 90 seconds into extra time to seal their fourth consecutive win and overtake Canterbury on the ladder.
Not since 2003 have the Green Machine been placed so high so late in the season, with six games remaining.
Croker, arguably in the form of his career this year, inspired the hard-fought victory with three tries and an assist in front of just under 10,000 fans.
While an entertaining affair, it took a while for both sides to adjust to the cool and windy conditions.
The Warriors were first on the board in the 17th minute, when veteran Manu Vatuvei juggled and dived his way to career try No.150 – 11 years after scoring his first.
The visitors dominated possession and field position in the first half, but the Raiders somehow went into the break up 12-4.
Croker scored his side’s first try and set Joe Tapine up for another in the final three minutes before the siren, converting both for an unexpected lead.
He brought up his double on the hour mark, before Joseph Leilua added another in the 68th minute to go 22-4.
But the Raiders conceded three quick tries – two to Thomas Leuluai and the third to David Fusitu’a with just 70 seconds left on the clock.
Issac Luke’s sideline conversion levelled the scores at 22-22 to send them into extra time.
It’s the third instance in four games the Warriors have lost in golden point.
The Raiders play South Sydney on Sunday week at ANZ Stadium, while the Warriors – who lost Vatuvei to an ankle injury – host Penrith on Saturday.
*Odds correct at time of posting. Subject to change