Canberra Raiders look to make it three wins from three to start the season when they play host to the New Zealand Warriors in NRL Round 3 action on Saturday.
Raiders vs Warriors Tips, Preview & Predictions
Canberra Raiders vs New Zealand Warriors free NRL tips, predictions and preview – the Raiders have won three of the last four meetings between the teams, all by 13+ margins…
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Raiders vs Warriors Match Details
🇦🇺 Competition: NRL
🗓 Date: Saturday March 27
⏰ Time: 3.00pm AEDT
🏟 Stadium: GIO Stadium
Raiders vs Warriors Head to Head (last five matches)
- 20/9/20: Raiders 26-14 Warriors
- 21/3/20: Warriors 6-20 Raiders
- 7/9/19: Raiders 20-24 Warriors
- 2/8/19: Warriors 12-46 Raiders
- 31/8/18: Warriors 20-16 Raiders
Raiders vs Warriors Preview and Prediction
Canberra target a third win on the bounce to begin their 2021 NRL season when they entertain the Warriors in the nation’s capital on Saturday afternoon.
The Raiders have transformed into one of the competition’s most consistent sides over the last few years and they’ve been professional and workmanlike in accounting for the Tigers 30-12 and Sharks 10-12 over the first two rounds.
Ricky Stuart’s side ultimately cruised to victory over the Tigers at home, but they were made to sweat until the final stages against the Sharks in atrocious conditions last week, eventually prevailing by two points after Chard Townsend missed a conversion to take the game into golden point.
At the end of the day, Canberra are one of just five sides to have taken a maximum four points from the first fortnight of the season and they will be confident of extending their perfect start against the Warriors on Saturday.
The Warriors were close to becoming the sixth team to win both their games, but they were toppled late by the Knights in Gosford last Friday night.
After launching their season with a solid win over the Titans, the Warriors had their chances against Newcastle, but some defensive lapses late saw Hymel Hunt cross over in the 75th minute for the Knights to seal the game.
The Warriors suffered an even bigger blow after the game with confirmation that halfback Chanel Harris-Tavita will be sidelined for the next three months with a foot injury.
That’s a massive out for the Warriors and puts them at an even further disadvantage for this clash with the Raiders.
Canberra have won three of their last four meetings and prevailed by 13+ margins every time – a similar sort of result should play out once again here.
Raiders vs Warriors Teams
Canberra receive a boost with Jarrod Croker returning to the side after off-season shoulder surgery, pushing Sebastian Kris to the reserves.
Sean O’Sullivan replaces Chanel Harris-Tavita at halfback for the Warriors, while Jack Murchie returns on the bench for the suspended Jamayne Taunoa-Brown.
Raiders team: 1. Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad 2. Bailey Simonsson 3. Jarrod Croker 4. Curtis Scott 5. Jordan Rapana 6. Jack Wighton 7. George Williams 8. Josh Papali’i 9. Josh Hodgson 10. Dunamis Lui 11. Hudson Young 12. Elliott Whitehead 13. Joseph Tapine 14. Siliva Havili 15. Ryan Sutton 16. Iosia Soliola 17. Ryan James 18. Sam Williams 19. Tom Starling 20. Caleb Aekins 21. Sebastian Kris
Warriors team: 1. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck 2. David Fusitu’a 3. Adam Pompey 4. Peta Hiku 5. Ken Maumalo 6. Kodi Nikorima 7. Sean O’Sullivan 8. Addin Fonua-Blake 9. Wayde Egan 10. Bunty Afoa 11. Eliesa Katoa 12. Bayley Sironen 13. Tohu Harris 14. Jazz Tevaga 15. Ben Murdoch-Masila 16. Leeson Ah Mau 17. Jack Murchie 18. Tom Ale 20. Marcelo Montoya 21. Paul Turner 22. Kane Evans
Raiders vs Warriors Stats
- Raiders have won three of the last four meetings between the teams
- Those three victories were all by 13+ margins
- Canberra have won their first two matches of 2021
- Canberra have won seven of their last eight matches dating back to last season
- Warriors have lost four of their last six matches