NRL Canberra Raiders vs New Zealand Warriors Live Streaming Free National Rugby League 2017. Canberra Raiders vs New Zealand Warriors match will be kick off at GIO Stadium, Canberra, Bruce, Australia, Saturday 15 April 2017 online, Time 17:30 (AEDT) and its broadcast on Channel Nine, Fox Sports, FOX Sports 2 & FOX Soccer Plus,Premier Sports.
The Warriors had won five straight against the Raiders heading into 2016 but lost both games last season. The Raiders won last year’s Round 11 clash in New Plymouth 38-12 and followed it up in Round 26 with a 26-22 victory in Canberra. Raiders skipper Jarrod Croker scored a hat-trick in the four-point win.
The Raiders are starting to find the form which saw them fall one game short of a grand final berth in 2016. The Warriors resurgence has coincided with the return of Kieran Foran, but it takes a brave person to back them on the road.
The Raiders have celebrated many milestones in winning ways this year, none more so than when they ran riot on the weekend in Joey Leilua’s 150th NRL appearance, and are hoping to make Jack Wighton’s 100th NRL game one to remember this Saturday afternoon.
Having edged out a gritty Parramatta outfit 30-18 and belted the Titans in an eight tries to three demolition on Saturday evening in their last two outings, it is clear Ricky Stuart’s men are hitting their straps.
Bringing plenty of wind to the Raiders’ speeding sails is blistering right-edge duo Joey Leilua and Jordan Rapana, a pair with an eye on running rampant against the Warriors on Saturday.
Canberra have been good for most of the season and are starting to really hit their stride with three big wins in the last four weeks, embarrassing the Tigers, Eels and Titans with some brilliant attacking Rugby League. They became just the second road team to post 40 points this year against the Titans. New Zealand enter this off back-to-back wins for the first time this year, their run of form no doubt coinciding with the return of Kieran Foran. The Warriors come into this off their best defensive performance of the season.
Blake Austin v Kieran Foran. Austin surprisingly didn’t have a try-assist in the Raiders 42-16 win over the Titans last week and needs to find another gear to take the pressure off Aidan Sezer. He is at his best when he takes on the line, but also needs to provide opportunities for his outside men. Meanwhile, Foran has been a revelation since his return to the NRL, with a try in his first game back and two try-assists in the win over the Eels. His partnership with Shaun Johnson is the Warrior’s best chance of finally reaching their potential.
Canberra are 5-1 ATS with a 4-2 over number while New Zealand are 1-5 ATS with a 3-3 total record. The Warriors had won five straight against the Raiders heading into 2016 but lost both games last season. The over is 14-6 when Canberra are favoured by more than a converted try at home with the Raiders 11-9 ATS. The Warriors have covered just 15 of their last 38 away games and have failed to cover their last three away from Mt Smart. Road teams off two straight wins getting more than a converted try cover at just 42%.
There’s no question that the Warriors are a better side with Foran in the side, but The Wolf simply cannot trust them. The Raiders have strike power across the park including the force that is “Leipana”. The Raiders are building nicely and will be a major force in this competition when the whips are cracking.
Raiders: 1. Jack Wighton 2. Nick Cotric 3. Jarrod Croker (c) 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. Elliott Whitehead 13. Joe Tapine. Interchange: 14. Adam Clydsdale 15. Luke Bateman 16. Clay Priest 17. Sia Soliola 18. Dunamis Lui 19. Jordan Turner 20. Makahesi Makatoa 21. Lachlan Croker.
Warriors: 1. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck 2. Blake Ayshford 3. David Fusitua 4. Solomone Kata 5. Ken Maumalo 6. Kieran Foran 7. Shaun Johnson 15. James Gavet 9. Issac Luke 10. Jacob Lillyman 11. Bodene Thompson 12. Ryan Hoffman 13. Simon Mannering. Interchange: 14. Nathaniel Roache 15. Charlie Gubb 16. Ligi Sao 17. Sam Lisone 18. Albert Vete 19. Bunty Afoa 20. Ata Hingano 21. Mason Lino.