Canberra Raiders are desperate to snap a five-match losing streak when they meet the last-placed Canterbury Bulldogs in Round 10 of the NRL on Saturday.
Bulldogs vs Raiders Tips, Prediction & Preview
Canterbury Bulldogs vs Canberra Raiders free NRL tips, predictions and preview – the Raiders have won the last four meetings between the teams…
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Bulldogs vs Raiders Match Details
🇦🇺 Competition: NRL
🗓 Date: Saturday May 15
⏰ Time: 3.00pm AEST
🏟 Stadium: Suncorp Stadium
Bulldogs vs Raiders Head to Head (last five matches)
- 30/8/20: Raiders 34-20 Bulldogs
- 1/6/19: Bulldogs 10-12 Raiders
- 7/7/18: Bulldogs 28-32 Raiders
- 5/4/18: Raiders 26-10 Bulldogs
- 29/4/17: Bulldogs 16-10 Raiders
Bulldogs vs Raiders Preview and Prediction
Having lost five matches in a row for the first time since 2014, the Raiders have no more room for error as they prepare to face the embattled Bulldogs on Saturday afternoon in Magic Round.
Canberra’s worrying loss of form is primarily due to their woeful second-half performances that has seen them score just a combined eight points in those five defeats to the Panthers, Eels, Cowboys, Rabbitohs and Knights.
The Raiders raced to a 16-0 lead over the Knights in Wagga last week and finally appeared set to end their losing streak, but they failed to score a point in the second half and slumped to another defeat after conceding 24 unanswered points.
Ricky Stuart will demand nothing less than a win from his side when they meet the Bulldogs as Canberra look to keep pace with the top six.
Canterbury are on course for the wooden spoon having lost eight of their nine matches this season, with the team scoring the least amount of points and conceding the most.
Trent Barrett has swung the axe and dropped halfback Kyle Flanagan for this match after hooking his No. 7 midway through last week’s loss to the Dragons.
However, moving Jake Averillo to halfback – someone who’s not a genuine playmaker – and partnering him with the inconsistent Brandon Wakeham doesn’t seem like the right move for the Bulldogs long-term.
In saying that, Barrett has to try something, because the Bulldogs simply aren’t up to NRL standard at the moment.
It goes without saying Canberra need to figure out their second-half woes, but if they can do that, the Green Machine should be returning to the winners circle on Saturday.
Bulldogs vs Raiders Teams
Kyle Flanagan has been dropped by the Bulldogs, with Jake Averillo and Brandon Wakeham the new halves pairing.
Corey Allan and Lachlan Lewis are also both out after suffering injuries last week.
Jordan Rapana is sidelined for the Raiders, with Semi Valemei coming onto the wing, while Josh Hodgson returns in a big boost at hooker.
Bulldogs team: 1. Dallin Watene-Zelezniak 2. Nick Cotric 3. Will Hopoate 4. Nick Meaney 5. Tuipulotu Katoa 6. Brandon Wakeham 7. Jake Averillo 8. Dylan Napa 9. Sione Katoa 10. Luke Thompson 11. Adam Elliott 12. Chris Smith 13. Renouf Atoni 14. Bradley Deitz 15. Corey Waddell 16. Ava Seumanufagai 17. Matt Doorey 19. Kyle Flanagan 20. Joe Stimson 21. Aaron Schoupp 23. Ofahiki Ogden
Raiders team: 1. Caleb Aekins 2. Bailey Simonsson 3. Sebastian Kris 4. Curtis Scott 5. Semi Valemi 6. Jack Wighton 7. George Williams 8. Josh Papali’i 9. Tom Starling 10. Emre Guler 11. Corey Harawira-Naera 12. Elliott Whitehead 13. Hudson Young 14. Josh Hodgson 15. Dunamis Lui 16. Corey Horsburgh 17. Ryan James 18. Sam Williams 19. Matthew Timoko 20. Siliva Havili 21. Harry Rushton
Bulldogs vs Raiders Stats
- Raiders have won the last four meetings between the teams
- Bulldogs have lost eight of their nine matches this season
- Raiders have lost their last five matches
- Raiders have scored just eight points combined in the second half of their last five matches
- Bulldogs have failed to score a point in three matches this season
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