NRL Canberra Raiders vs Wests Tigers Live Streaming Free National Rugby League 2017. Canberra Raiders vs Wests Tigers match will be kick off at GIO Stadium, Canberra, Bruce, Australia, Sunday 19 March 2017 online, Time 16:00 (AEDT) and its broadcast on Channel Nine, Fox Sports, FOX Sports 2 & FOX Soccer Plus,Premier Sports.
After suffering heavy defeats last week, both the Raiders and Tigers are in desperate need of a victory to get their seasons back on track.
Following their run to the preliminary finals last season, the Raiders have gone winless in their first two games of the season – although to be fair, they extended the Cowboys to golden point in their opener, but were blown away in the second half of their loss to reigning premiers Cronulla last week.
Canberra were right in the game at half-time, but a second half blitz from a rampant Sharks outfit saw the premiers coast to a 42-16 victory at GIO Stadium.
It was an extremely limp performance and Ricky Stuart will be determined to bounce back immediately – because three losses to start the season will not boost morale after such a strong campaign in 2016.
The Raiders do receive a huge boost for this showdown, with captain and last season’s competition leading point-scorer Jarrod Croker returning from injury.
Meanwhile, the Tigers produced a timid performance just one week after blasting past the Rabbitohs in emphatic fashion, going down by 34 points to the Panthers – who themselves had been hammered by the Dragons in Round 1.
Normally so dangerous in attack, the Tigers didn’t score a try all match, with halves Mitchell Moses and Luke Brooks barely sighted, while James Tedesco didn’t have much impact as a result.
It seems as if defence is still a work in progress for the Tigers, and it’s certainly an area they’ll need to address for this clash with the Raiders.
Both these sides can fire in attack when on song, but it’s in the forwards where Canberra has a massive advantage. The Raiders rolled over the top of the Tigers in both games last season – on the back of their rampaging forwards creating space for the halves and backs – and I think Canberra will win comfortably again.
Canberra Raiders: 1. Jack Wighton 2. Nick Cotric 3. Jarrod Croker 4. Joseph Leilua 5. Jordan Rapana 6. Blake Austin 7. Aidan Sezer 8. Junior Paulo 9. Josh Hodgson (c) 10. Shannon Boyd 11. Josh Papalii 12. Elliott Whitehead 13. Luke Bateman.
Interchange: 14. Adam Clydsdale 15. Iosia Soliola 16. Clay Priest 17 Dave Taylor 18. Jordan Turner 19. Dunamis Lui 20. Jeff Lima 21. Scott Sorensen
Wests Tigers: 1. James Tedesco 2. David Nofoaluma 3. Kevin Naiqama 4. Michael Chee-Kam 5. Moses Suli 6. Mitchell Moses 7. Luke Brooks 8. Aaron Woods (c) 9. Matt McIlwrick 10. Ava Seumanufagi 11. Sausao Sue 12. Chris Lawrence 13. Elijah Taylor.
Interchange: 14. Tim Grant 15. Josh Aloai 16. Joel Edwards 17. Jack Littlejohn 18. Junior Tatola 19. Justin Hunt 20. Kyle Lovett 21. Matt Ballin