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Who will win?

Raiders 13+
2
10%
Raiders 1-12
8
40%
Storm 1-12
5
25%
Storm 13+
5
25%
 
Total votes: 20

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2019 Finals Week 1 V Storm: Teams and Previews *Teams p1*

Post by -TW- » September 7, 2019, 6:40 pm

2019 Finals Week 1 V Storm: Teams and Previews

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Canberra Raiders V Melbourne Storm
Saturday 14 September 5:40pm
Melbourne Rectangular Stadium
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TV coverage: Nine, Fox League Channel 502
Radio: ABC, Mix 106.3

The Raiders suffered a disappointing loss to the New Zealand Warriors in the final round of the regular season, finishing fourth. They now meet the No. 1 team, the Storm, in Melbourne in Week 1 of the finals. Who should line up for the Green Machine? Tell us your team here and see how you go in comparison to the official squad when announced. We will include the official line ups in the first post of this thread as soon as they're available.

OFFICIAL SQUADS

Canberra Raiders

1. Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad
2. Nick Cotric
3. Jarrod Croker (C)
4. Joey Leilua
5. Jordan Rapana
6. Jack Wighton
7. Aidan Sezer
8. Josh Papalii
9. Josh Hodgson (C)
10. Sia Soliola
11. John Bateman
12. Elliott Whitehead
13. Joe Tapine

14. Bailey Simonsson
15. Dunamis Lui
16. Corey Horsburgh
17. Ryan Sutton

18. Sam Williams
19. Emre Guler
20. Siliva Havili
21. Hudson Young

Injury/Suspension

Michael Oldfield (Shoulder) Season
Brad Abbey (Knee) Season

Melbourne Storm

1. Ryan Papenhuyzen
2. Suliasi Vunivalu
3. Will Chambers
4. Justin Olam
5. Josh Addo-Carr
6. Cameron Munster
7. Jahrome Hughes
8. Jesse Bromwich
9. Cameron Smith
10. Nelson Asofa-Solomona
11. Felise Kaufusi
12. Kenneath Bromwich
13. Dale Finucane

14. Brandon Smith
15. Tui Kamikamica
16. Max King
17. Joe Stimson

18. Curtis Scott
19. Tino Faasuamaleaui
20. Brodie Croft
21. Tom Eisenhuth

Officials

Referees: Ashley Klein, Chris Sutton
Sideline Officials: Kasey Badger, Michael Wise
Video Referees: Steve Chiddy, Bryan Norrie

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My team selections for Week 1 of the finals:

1. CNK
2. Cotric
3. Croker
4. Leilua
5. Rapana
6. Wighton
7. Sezer
8. Papalli
9. Hodgson
10. Soliola
11. Bateman
12. Whitehead
13. Sutton

14. Simonsson
15. Lui
16. Tapine
17. Guler

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Post by julian87 » September 7, 2019, 6:44 pm

No Horsburgh?
well, I guess you could say that I'm buy curious.

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Post by -TW- » September 7, 2019, 6:44 pm

Don't think he'll make it, but he'd be in for Guler

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Post by julian87 » September 7, 2019, 6:46 pm

Fair enough hopefully he’s good to go. Adds a bit of starch.
well, I guess you could say that I'm buy curious.

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Post by edwahu » September 7, 2019, 6:49 pm

The obvious side, with Tapine over Sutton and Guler over Lui. I'm on the fence about Havilli Vs Simo, I think Havilli may make more sense against the Storm.
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Post by Fuifui Bradbrad » September 7, 2019, 6:49 pm

So how does it work;
Win and we get the week off
Lose and do we play the winner of 5/8 or 6/7?
At the moment, I would prefer the winner of Eels/Sharks over Manly/Brisbane


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Post by -TW- » September 7, 2019, 6:51 pm

Loser of QF1 vs Winner EF1

So most likely Eels

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Post by gangrenous » September 7, 2019, 7:08 pm

Fuifui Bradbrad wrote:So how does it work;
Win and we get the week off
Lose and do we play the winner of 5/8 or 6/7?
At the moment, I would prefer the winner of Eels/Sharks over Manly/Brisbane


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Post by cat » September 7, 2019, 7:10 pm

This better be on Saturday, flights booked!

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Post by edwahu » September 7, 2019, 7:11 pm

Fuifui Bradbrad wrote:
September 7, 2019, 6:49 pm
So how does it work;
Win and we get the week off
Lose and do we play the winner of 5/8 or 6/7?
At the moment, I would prefer the winner of Eels/Sharks over Manly/Brisbane


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I get why you wouldn't want Brisbane/Manly but really it's the better side to be on.

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Post by CJ42 » September 7, 2019, 7:14 pm

are we thinking its most likely going to be saturday??
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Post by -TW- » September 7, 2019, 7:15 pm

There'll be an game at the MCG on Friday night so most likely

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Post by cat » September 7, 2019, 7:19 pm

If sharks and tigers have a draw broncos are out of the top 8.....

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Post by BadnMean » September 7, 2019, 7:25 pm

-TW- wrote:
September 7, 2019, 6:44 pm
Don't think he'll make it, but he'd be in for Guler

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Looked like a dislocated patella they'd popped back in by the way they were testing the knee and the taping of it. I've known that to happen and blokes be right to play the next week. Just guessing but there's a bit of hope.

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Post by Raider47 » September 7, 2019, 7:25 pm

Was excited to be able to make it for an away day in Sydney.
"It's always been Canberra, I love playing for the Raiders"- Jarrod Croker
"We’re all really excited about what’s going on here at the Raiders"- Blake Austin
"I’m very happy to have signed this extension and I love playing footy in Canberra"- Jack Wighton
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Post by Dr Zaius » September 7, 2019, 7:26 pm

cat wrote:If sharks and tigers have a draw broncos are out of the top 8.....

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Post by BadnMean » September 7, 2019, 7:32 pm

1. CNK
2. Cotric
3. Croker
4. Leilua
5. Rapana
6. Wighton
7. Sezer
8. Papalli
9. Hodgson
10. Sia
11. Bateman
12. Whitehead
13. Sutton

14. Simonsson
15. Hors
16. Tapine
17. Lui

I've got Lui playing the least minutes after that effort. He's forgetting his role and playing beyond his actual skill level. Refs aren't going to let him get a strip even if he was good enough- subjective calls go to the big names. Run hard, hit hard, stay in your lane.

Tossed up between Sia and Hors off the bench. Ultimately I want Sia's line speed leading us off and setting a tone, give it everything. Hors can rip in after 20 minutes and get a good stint. He seems the type who'd have his eyeballs rolling around in his head if he started in his first final and could lose it a bit.

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Post by Azza » September 7, 2019, 7:32 pm

Our home form is abominable. I'm more confident of us putting in a strong performance away from home.

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Post by cat » September 7, 2019, 7:48 pm

Dr Zaius wrote:
cat wrote:If sharks and tigers have a draw broncos are out of the top 8.....

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Post by Dusty » September 7, 2019, 7:57 pm

1. Nicol- Klokstad
2. Cotric
3. Croker
4. Leilua
5. Rapana
6. Wighton
7. Sezer
8. Papalii
9. Hodgson
10. Soliola
11. Bateman
12. Whitehead
13. Sutton

14. Havili
15. Tapine
16. Lui
17. Horsburgh

18. Williams
19. Simmonson
20. Guler
21. Murchie


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14. Havili 15. Soliola 16. Guler 17. Lui

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Post by PigRickman » September 7, 2019, 7:59 pm

Pumped for it.
Full strength team, tough game against the best and most consistent side in the comp... we can do them.

Ignore the muck, play footy, be prepared to play for a full 80 minutes and defend the line for the full 80. We can do this. We must do this. We will do this. Go Raiders
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Post by Bay53 » September 7, 2019, 8:03 pm

-TW- wrote:
September 7, 2019, 7:15 pm
There'll be an game at the MCG on Friday night so most likely

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If Richmond lose tonight (they are down at quarter time) there will be a game at the MCG both nights.

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Post by Azza » September 7, 2019, 8:04 pm

PigRickman wrote:
September 7, 2019, 7:59 pm
Pumped for it.
Full strength team, tough game against the best and most consistent side in the comp... we can do them.

Ignore the muck, play footy, be prepared to play for a full 80 minutes and defend the line for the full 80. We can do this. We must do this. We will do this. Go Raiders
Right or wrong, you're an idiot.

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Post by PigRickman » September 7, 2019, 8:05 pm

Azza wrote:
September 7, 2019, 8:04 pm
PigRickman wrote:
September 7, 2019, 7:59 pm
Pumped for it.
Full strength team, tough game against the best and most consistent side in the comp... we can do them.

Ignore the muck, play footy, be prepared to play for a full 80 minutes and defend the line for the full 80. We can do this. We must do this. We will do this. Go Raiders
Right or wrong, you're an idiot.
No doubt :lol:
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July 18, 2018, 3:49 pm
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Post by -TW- » September 7, 2019, 8:07 pm

Bay53 wrote:
-TW- wrote:
September 7, 2019, 7:15 pm
There'll be an game at the MCG on Friday night so most likely

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If Richmond lose tonight (they are down at quarter time) there will be a game at the MCG both nights.
You'd say they'd play Friday, the Cats on Saturday

You'd want to go up against the Cats game as it would be bedlam up against a Richmond game.



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Post by Billy Walker » September 7, 2019, 8:08 pm

I would have said BJ wasn’t coming back this year if Cotric hadn’t play like a total spud at centre.

Simmonsen tried too hard today and overplayed his hand a bit but hard not to like what he’s throwing up. I wouldn’t be outraged if he started on a wing but it would be a huge call.

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Post by julian87 » September 7, 2019, 8:12 pm

It’ll be 5.30/6 Saturday I think.

Roosters - Souths the prime time Sat game.

Parra Fri night.

Manly Sunday.
well, I guess you could say that I'm buy curious.

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Post by -TW- » September 7, 2019, 8:16 pm

That makes logistic sense too

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Post by gangrenous » September 7, 2019, 8:39 pm

Azza wrote:
PigRickman wrote:
September 7, 2019, 7:59 pm
Pumped for it.
Full strength team, tough game against the best and most consistent side in the comp... we can do them.

Ignore the muck, play footy, be prepared to play for a full 80 minutes and defend the line for the full 80. We can do this. We must do this. We will do this. Go Raiders
Right or wrong, you're an idiot.
There you go Azza. You’ve calmed down and making good points again Image

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Post by afgtnk » September 7, 2019, 8:43 pm

I can't see us winning this at the moment, it's gonna be bloody tough. The way to beat them in any high stakes game is to blitz them in the first 20 in order to throw them right off; coming out like we did last game will almost certainly end in a loss.

Storm are a different beast in the finals and you generally can't get away with doing them same thing to them twice in a season - as the Sea Eagles most recently found out.

Fingers crossed but I'm preparing to come down to Canberra for the second week.

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Post by Azza » September 7, 2019, 9:05 pm

afgtnk wrote:
September 7, 2019, 8:43 pm
I can't see us winning this at the moment, it's gonna be bloody tough. The way to beat them in any high stakes game is to blitz them in the first 20 in order to throw them right off; coming out like we did last game will almost certainly end in a loss.

Storm are a different beast in the finals and you generally can't get away with doing them same thing to them twice in a season - as the Sea Eagles most recently found out.

Fingers crossed but I'm preparing to come down to Canberra for the second week.
I agree. They have an exceptional record in finals (probably because they play so many down there). They'll be ready for us big time and our execution the last few weeks has been off - we'll need to play 80 minutes of excellent football and we haven't done it recently so I think the lack of confidence is understandable. Still, very happy to be surprised.

My concern is that if we play at home week 2, we may get bundled out - we are bloody awful at home this year. Week 3 prelim in Canberra, may well be a different beast.
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Post by PigRickman » September 7, 2019, 9:15 pm

We'll be underdogs, and probably pretty heavy ones. And rightfully so.
But i really think the biggest difference in this squad from this year to last is the defensive starch and attitude that John Bateman and CNK have brought to the squad. They werent there today, the club didnt value thios game and the playing group responded in kind

I think this game will be valued and i think we'll put in an effort the fans can be really proud of and whether we take our chances, and execute at the level we need to in order to win the game... that'll be what decides it. But we wont be expected or picked to win this game by anyone outside the fanbase and probably not even half of those in the fanbase.
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Post by Lucky » September 7, 2019, 9:17 pm

no lui please... like BJ hes just a big liability.

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Post by Billy Walker » September 7, 2019, 9:23 pm

Lucky wrote:
September 7, 2019, 9:17 pm
no lui please... like BJ hes just a big liability.
I’m good with Lui, I’m ok with Tarps, but I’m still struggling with BJ.

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Post by PigRickman » September 7, 2019, 9:26 pm

I want to jump on the anti Lui wagon because i've never really rated him and always feel like we'd like to do better than him... his one on one stripping stuff is off the charts and needs to stop immediately

But you have to put long held views aside, and he's played well enough this year to get a pass on one really bad game.
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