Canberra Raiders vs New Zealand Warriors Tips, Odds and Teams – NRL 2016 Round 20

Saturday’s first NRL Round 20 match is between Canberra Raiders and New Zealand Warriors. The opening bounce is set to commence at 15:05 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 New Zealand Warriors.


When: 15:05 | Saturday 23/07/2016

Where: GIO Stadium




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Tip: Canberra Raiders at $1.47


Value Tip: First Try Scorer: Blake Austin at $15.00



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. Iosia Soliola 15. Luke Bateman 16. Paul Vaughan 17. Joseph Tapine.

Warriors: 1 David Fusitu’a 2 Ken Maumalo 3 Blake Ayshford 4 Solomone Kata 5 Manu Vatuvei 6 Thomas Leuluai 7 Shaun Johnson 8 Jacob Lillyman 9 Issac Luke 10 James Gavet 11 Bunty Afoa 12 Ryan Hoffman (c) 13 Simon Mannering Interchange: 14 Tuimoala Lolohea 15 Sam Lisone 16 Ben Matulino 17 Jazz Tevaga.


Queensland prop Jacob Lillyman comes into the front row for Charlie Gubb in the only line-up change for the Warriors going into Saturday’s NRL clash with the Canberra Raiders at GIO Stadium.

Lillyman picked up an ankle injury in the third and final State of Origin match, forcing him to miss last weekend’s long-haul away game against Manly in Perth.

Gubb will miss this week’s game against the Raiders after landing a grade two shoulder charge in the Warriors’ 15-14 golden point loss to the Sea Eagles.

The Warriors will dispute the grading at a judiciary hearing in Sydney on Wednesday.

Lillyman will start alongside James Gavet while senior prop Ben Matulino is again listed to come off an unchanged bench alongside Tuimoala Lolohea, Sam Lisone and Jazz Tevaga.

The Warriors have won their last two matches in Canberra – 54-18 in 2014 and 18-6 in 2015 – but coach Andrew McFadden is ignoring those results as he prepares to shape up against his old club again.

“The Raiders are on the rise and are playing some really good football at the moment so it’s going to be a good test for us.

“There was lots of disappointment for us losing to Manly – we started slowly and that probably cost us in the end,” he said.

“We built ourselves into the game but we just couldn’t come up with that final blow in what were difficult conditions.”

In other injury news, McFadden confirmed that Albert Vete (hamstring) won’t be considered for this weekend’s match, but Bodene Thompson (ankle) remains a possibility.

Warriors: David Fusitua, Ken Maumalo, Blake Ayshford, Solomone Kata, Manu Vatuvei, Thomas Leuluai, Shaun Johnson, Jacob Lillyman, Issac Luke, James Gavet, Bunty Afoa, Ryan Hoffman (capt), Simon Mannering. Res: Tuimoala Lolohea, Sam Lisone, Ben Matulino, Jazz Tevaga.

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