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2024 Canberra Raiders Cup: Round 3 Preview

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Round 3 of the Canberra Raiders Cup is headlined by Sunday's clash between the Woden Rams and Goulburn Bulldogs at Phillip Oval. The match will be live streamed for free, by Bar TV Sports.

Tuggeranong Bushrangers v West Belconnen Warriors

The 2023 Grand Finalists, the Tuggeranong Bushrangers, have lost a bit of talent - and have been hit by the loss of captain Darby Medlyn to long term injury. That told in the Bushies' first match of 2024. They fell to the Woden Rams in the battle of the south, losing 30-6 at Greenway. The Rams scored three tries in the first half, with fullback Daine Spencer bagging a double in the space of three minutes. The home team went to the break without scoring, trailing 18-0.

Bushrangers lock Brad Buckley was the first to cross in the second half, the result of a simple crash ball on the try line. But that was as good as it got for Tuggeranong. Tries to centre Gideon Afemui in the 50th minute, and winger Thomas Scrivener just before full time, wrapped up a good first up win for the Rams.

This Saturday's contest will be the first of the season for the West Belconnen Warriors. Round 1 was, of course, washed out, while the Warriors had an unwanted early bye last weekend. Player-coach Ryan McQueen has named Monaro representative prop Thomas Bethke as the first grade captain.

Team news: Ryan McQueen named himself in the No.7 jersey for Round 1, but he seems to have second thoughts. He will wear the No. 1 this week, his regular position. Willie Peace and Brandon Withers will form a strong centre patnership, while Caleb Edwards will be a weapon at five eighth. Bushrangers hooker Liam Oakley has been switched to halfback, with Benjamin Drayton start in the No. 9 jersey.

My tip: This match is tough to tip, given we've not seen the Warriors in action so far. They're probably going to be a little rusty, while the Bushrangers have had the benefit of a serious hit out. In addition, Tuggeranong will be at home. I'll go with the Bushies.

2024 Season record: Bushrangers 0 and 1 (8th, -24)
Warriors 0 and 0 (6th, 0)
Form: Bushrangers WWWLL
Warriors WWWWL
Attacking record: Bushrangers 6 points scored per match
Defensive record: Bushrangers 30 points conceded per match
Last meetings: 2023 Round 12 Warriors 22 drew Bushrangers 22 at Raiders Belconnen
2023 Round 3 Warriors 16 defeated Bushrangers 4 at Greenway Oval

Belconnen Sharks v Queanbeyan Blues

This match is shaping as the best of the round. The Sharks sit in first place on the ladder, thanks to points differential. Meanwhile, the Blues are in equal fourth place after forcing a 32 all draw against the Kangaroos in extraordinary circumstances.

The Sharks have widely been tipped as a serious contender in 2024 - and they didn't disappoint in their victory over the Gungahlin Bulls, 38-10, at Jamison last Saturday. The Sharks showed their power in the first half, taking a 14-6 lead to the break. But the Bulls produced an exciting try, just before half time, with winger Ethan Miller making a huge break from deep in Gungahlin's own half - and then offloading to fullback Travis Vawdon. The Sharks didn't have it all their own way in the second half. But, they piled on the final three tries in the last 15 minutes of the game. Sharks centre Tevita Aroha-Tuinauvai completed his double, before fullback Tristan Eldridge scored two tries of his own.

The Blues produced a stunning comeback in the final stages of the Queanbeyan derby at Seiffert Oval in Round 2. They trailed the Kangaroos, 26-10, at the 65th minute - and it seemed like the 2023 premiers were cruising to a first up win. But the Blues then scored four tries in the space of 10 minutes to take a 32-26 lead at the 75th minute. Bench player Connor Martin scored a double in no time at all - and centre Josh Billing and fullback Connor Williams followed up.



The Kangaroos were not finished. They worked their way up the length of the field in the final minute or two, with Roos second rower Jesse Dent scoring his second try of the day. Kangaroos captain-coach Sam Williams converted from the sideline - after the final hooter - to secure a 32 all draw. The Blues are certainly a different outfit to the Blues of 2023, with the McLachlan brothers impressing in the halves.

Team news: The McLachlan brothers again line up in the halves for the Blues, while Raiders juniors Josh Pokoney and Josh Billing hold their spots in the centres. Zac Patch will start in the No. 6 for the Sharks, while Matt Woolnough will captain the side in the No. 7. The Sharks have named Raiders junior Owen Hromow in the second row.

My tip: I'll go with the Sharks, but don't be at all surprised if the Blues can produce their first win of the season.

2024 Season record: Sharks 1 and 0 (1st, +28)
Blues 0 and 0, 1 draw (Equal 4th, 0)
Form: Sharks LLWLW
Blues LLWLD
Attacking record: Sharks 38, Blues 32 points scored per match
Defensive record: Sharks 10, Blues 32 points conceded per match
Last meetings: 2023 Round 12 Sharks 19 defeated Blues 0 at NSWRL HQ, Bruce
2023 Round 3 Sharks 26 defeated Blues 10 at Seiffert Oval

Yass Magpies v Gungahlin Bulls

The Yass Magpies won a see-sawing contest with the Bulldogs, 32-28, in Goulburn in Round 2. Both teams scored five tries, with new Magpies recruit Charlie Woolford getting a double in the first half. The Bulldogs took a 24-18 lead to the break. A stunning try to James Russell just before half time delivered the six point lead - after a huge break from winger Jesse Lacey from Goulburn's own end.

It was a tight battle in the second half - until the final stages. The Magpies scored two quick tries to push ahead, 30-24. A penalty goal to Charlie Woolford delivered an eight point lead with a few minutes left, but the Dogs were not done. Goulburn half Nick Douglass scored a last gasp four pointer. The home team declined the conversion - with a minute left on the clock - in the hope of an even more last gasp winning try. But despite receiving a penalty for a high tackle in the final seconds, Goulburn's Hail Mary kick was defused by the Magpies in the in goal after the hooter. Game over.



It seems like the Bulls might have a tough season, after being out-classed by the Sharks at their temporary home of Jamison Oval. Because Gungahlin Enclosed has been closed for a month, following the washout weekend, this match has been switched to Walker Park.

Team news: The Magpies have Raiders junior Lekani Mpaso lining up on the wing, while Charlie Woolford and Mart Smith team up in the halves. Bobby Roberts will steer the Bulls from halfback.

My tip: I'll go with the Magpies on their home ground.

2024 Season record: Magpies 1 and 0 (3rd, +4)
Bulls 0 and 1 (9th, -28)
Form: Magpies LLLWW
Bulls LLLLL
Attacking record: Magpies 32, Bulls 10 points scored per match
Defensive record: Magpies 28, Bulls 38 points conceded per match
Last meetings: 2023 Round 12 Bulls 28 defeated Magpies 12 at Gungahlin Enclosed Oval
2023 Round 3 Magpies 30 defeated Bulls 10 at Walker Park

Woden Rams v Goulburn Bulldogs

The Rams were expected to be stronger in 2024 under returning, premiership winning, coach Ash Barnes. And last weekend, they showed every sign that they will be. The Bulldogs missed injured halfback, Mitch Cornish last weekend in their loss to Yass - though Cornish was still on the sidelines with his coach's cap on.



Team news: The Rams are largely lining up as they did last week. Steven Ferry at lock is the only addition to the starting XIII, with Bradley Prior dropping out. Prop Tyson Greenwood will captain the Bulldogs. Nicholas Cornish will line up at fullback, while Dillon Rota and William Russell will partner in the centres.

My tip: Rams all the way in this one.

2024 Season record: Rams 1 and 0 (2nd, +24)
Bulldogs 0 and 1 (7th, -4)
Form: Rams WLLLW
Bulldogs LWWLL
Attacking record: Rams 30, Bulldogs 28 points scored per match
Defensive record: Rams 6, Bulldogs 32 points conceded per match
Last meetings: 2023 Round 12 Bulldogs 24 defeated Rams 6 at Goulburn Arena
2023 Round 3 Bulldogs 20 defeated Rams 6 at Phillip Oval

The Greenhouse will again be going around the grounds to cover the Canberra Raiders Cup matches whenever we can this season. Watch for our coverage on @TheGHRaiders on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, while we also provide live scores on Twitter via @CanberraCup.

Round 3

Saturday 20 April
Tuggeranong Bushrangers v West Belconnen Warriors, Greenway Oval, 3:00pm
Belconnen Sharks v Queanbeyan Blues, NSWRL HQ Bruce, 3:00pm
Yass Magpies v Gungahlin Bulls, Walker Park, 3:00pm
Sunday 21 April
Woden Rams v Goulburn Bulldogs, Phillip Oval, 3:00pm *

BYE Queanbeyan Kangaroos

* Free live stream match.

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McIntyre Medal - Round 1 votes

Queanbeyan Blues v Queanbeyan Kanagroos
3 Dylan McLachlan (Blues)
2 Kaine Pagura (Kangaroos)
1 Connor Williams (Blues)

Tuggeranong Bushrangers v Woden Valley Rams
3 Jesse Martin (Rams)
2 Bradley Martin (Rams)
1 Bradley Buckley (Bushrangers)

Gungahlin Bulls v Belconnen Sharks
3 points - Zac Patch (Sharks)
2 points - Thomas Carey (Sharks)
1 point - Tre Holten-Williams (Bulls)

Goulburn Bulldogs v Yass Magpies
3 Charlie Woolford (Magpies)
2 Tyson Greenwood (Bulldogs)
1 Shaun Davis (Magpies)

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Ash Barnes brings Woden Rams together in Canberra Raiders Cup tilt

Jeff Morgan starts rattling off names like Ron Leapai and Sean Maloney. He reckons there's about seven or eight from that premiership-winning side back in blue and gold. What explains his return to the field for Woden?

"The main motivation was Ash Barnes, the coach," Morgan said. "Professionalism is a massive thing for 'Barnesy'. This is more than just a hobby for him, this is his life. His understanding of the game has jumped up, but the way he coaches us hasn't changed too much. The professionalism has always been there."

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Rams put on a clinic

The Rams put on a clinic in front of a home crowd on Sunday against the Bulldogs in a one-sided affair. Despite Goulburn hitting the score board first, the Rams flipped the switch and went onto score 11 consecutive tries, including a hat-trick from halfback Brendan Jimenez who has made the code switch from Rugby Union to League look easy. After two dominant wins, the Rams have put a target on their heads as the team to beat this year.

While the Bulldogs will want to put the last two weeks behind them, as they look to join the winners circle when they face the also winless Bushrangers in round four.

West Belconnen Warriors 14 defeated Tuggeranong Bushrangers 10
Queanbeyan Blues 34 defeated Belconnen United Sharks 28
Gungahlin Bulls 36 defeated Yass Magpies 22
Woden Valley Rams 58 defeated Goulburn City Bulldogs 18

Read more: https://www.raiders.com.au/news/2024/04 ... hree-wrap/

Relentless Rams run over Bulldogs: https://www.raiders.com.au/news/2024/04 ... -bulldogs/

'She's a weapon': The rookie Raider eyeing a return to the top level

Just watch the pink boots. You'll see the Woden Valley Rams five-eighth draw three defenders and put a teammate over on the way to a 40-4 Katrina Fanning Shield win over the Goulburn City Bulldogs at Phillip Oval. The Raiders have shown interest in keeping Ryan on their books - though it may be on a development deal, and those who have seen the playmaker at her best are confident she is capable of shining at the highest level.

"She's just waiting for that moment," mentor Tim Cornforth said.

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2024 Canberra Raiders Cup: Round 4 Preview

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Round 4 of the Canberra Raiders Cup is headlined by Saturday's clash between the 2023 premiers, the Queanbeyan Kangaroos and the high flying Woden Rams at Freebody Oval. The live stream feature match sees the West Belconnen Warriors host the Gungahlin Bulls on Sunday afternoon.

Queanbeyan Kangaroos v Woden Valley Rams

There's not much doubt that this shapes as the match of the round. The reigning premiers versus the team that would like to be. It is early days, but this could easily be a preview of the 2024 Canberra Raiders Cup Grand Final.

The Kangaroos are coming off a bye, having played only one game so far this year. The Queanbeyan derby in Round 2 ended in an incredible draw, 32 all. The Kangaroos led the Blues, 26-10, at the 65th minute - and it seemed like they were cruising to a first up win. Then Blues then scored four tries in the space of 10 minutes to take a 32-26 lead at the 75th minute. Bench player Connor Martin scored a double in no time at all - and centre Josh Billing and fullback Connor Williams followed up.

But the Kangaroos were not finished. They worked their way up the length of the field in the final minute or two, with Roos second rower Jesse Dent scoring his second try of the day. Kangaroos captain-coach Sam Williams converted from the sideline after the final hooter.

The Woden Rams produced a stunning display of football on Sunday at Phillip Oval. The Rams didn't touch the ball for the first seven minutes of the game - after they failed to stop the ball bouncing over the dead ball line from the kick off. The early mountain of possession and territory finally produced a four pointer for centre William Russell.

The Rams went on a scoring spree from that point on - producing 58 unanswered points. Rams fullback Daine Spencer was outstanding - and scored one try from a run of almost 100 metres. Halfback Brendan Jimenez got a hat trick, while winger Sam Gash bagged a double. They posted 11 tries in all. The Bulldogs crossed for two consolation tries in the final minutes - to make the final scoreline of 58-18. Rams coach Ash Barnes wouldn't have been able to complain too much about the late lapses.

The Rams sit on top of the competition ladder, the only team to have produced back to back wins to start the year. They clearly have the best attack - and are not far off having the title of the best defence. The Kangaroos will have their hands full, even with this game being played on home turf.



Team news: The Kangaroos appear to be largely unchanged from Round 2. Halfback Sam Williams, hooker Lachie Ingram and fullback Kaine Pagura fill the key playmaking roles, while veterans Aidan Woods and Josh Ayers feature in the forward pack. The Rams also look strong, naming an almost unchanged line up. Jamal Nchouki has been added on the bench. Brendan Jimenez and captain Sean Maloney partner in the halves, while an in form Daine Spencer again lines up at fullback.

My tip: It is difficult to go past the Rams in this game. However, the Kangaroos should be much tougher competition than the Bushrangers and Bulldogs outfits weakened by injury in Woden's first matches of the year. I won't be surprised if the Roos produce their own show of power this week.

2024 Season record: Kangaroos 0 and 0, 1 draw (7th, 0)
Rams 2 and 0 (1st, +64)
Form: Kangaroos WLWWD
Rams LLLWW
Attacking record: Kangaroos 32, Rams 44 points scored per match
Defensive record: Kangaroos 32, Rams 12 points conceded per match
Last meetings: 2023 Round 11 Kangaroos 38 defeated Rams 18 at Freebody Oval
2023 Round 2 Kangaroos 40 defeated Rams 10 at Phillip Oval

Yass Magpies v Queanbeyan Blues

After a season to forget in 2023, the Queanbeyan Blues are a much different outfit in season 2024. They are being steered around well by the McLachlan brothers in the halves - and they helped orchestrate a 34-28 victory over the Belconnen Sharks last Saturday. The Blues led by two at half time, and took a 28-16 lead at the 60 minute mark.

But with a Blues player in the bin for a professional foul, the Sharks put on two late tries to level the contest. First, Belconnen hooker Thomas Carey dived over the line from dummy half. The Blues then conceded a penalty for being offside at the kick off - and Sharks fullback Tristan Eldridge crossed near the posts in the next set. 28-28. In the final minutes, the Sharks turned over the ball, just short of the try line. A break to Josh Pokoney was halted just short of the halfway line. But the Blues kept charging ahead, with centre Josh Billing scoring the winning try on the final tackle of the match. The George Morseu conversion topped off the six point victory.

The Yass Magpies started their season with a 32-28 win over the Bulldogs in Goulburn. But the Gungahlin Bulls surprised the Magpies at Walker Park on Saturday. The Bulls had been disappointing in their season opener against the Sharks, losing by almost 30 points at Jamison. But the temporarily homeless Bulls took a 24-10 lead to the half time break in Yass - and went onto record a 36-22 win. Five tries to four. Things might get even tougher this week for Yass against an in-form Blues.

Team news: Both teams appear to be largely unchanged. The Magpies will be steered around by halves Charlie Woolford and Marty Smith, while Raiders junior winger Lekani Mpaso and centre recruit Pacey McGregor will partner on one edge. Dylan and Jayden McLachlan again pair up in the halves for the Blues. Josh Billing has been named at centre alongside Josh Pokoney. But there may be a late change, given that Billing has also been named in the Raiders' NSW Cup team to face the Jets on Sunday.

My tip: Blues.

2024 Season record: Magpies 1 and 1 (5th, -12)
Blues 1 and 0, 1 draw (2nd, +6)
Form: Magpies LLWWL
Blues LWLDW
Attacking record: Magpies 26, Blues 33 points scored per match
Defensive record: Magpies 32, Blues 30 points conceded per match
Last meetings: 2023 Round 11 Magpies 36 defeated Blues 20 at Walker Park
2023 Round 2 Blues 32 defeated Magpies 24 at Seiffert Oval

Goulburn Bulldogs v Tuggeranong Bushrangers

This is a clash between the two teams at the bottom of the competition ladder. Both have suffered back to back losses to start the season. The Bulldogs were overrun on Sunday by the Rams, while the Bushrangers fell to the Warriors, 14-10. It was a scrappy affair at Greenway, with the Warriors leading by two points at the break. In the 66th minute, the Bushies allowed a bomb to bounce - and it bounced perfectly for Warriors bench player, Jye Smith. His try delivered a 14-6 lead to the visitors. Tuggeranong winger Joshua Tape scored in the corner in the 79th minute - and the Bushrangers declined the conversion attempt, in the hope of scoring a last gasp match winner. A penalty right on full time gave the home team one final Hail Mary play - but they could not score.

Team news: The Bulldogs will be led by captain Tyson Greenwood at prop, while Adam Jeffery again starts at lock. Liam Oakley will captain the Bushrangers at hooker, while Rhys Djerke takes over at halfback. Wez Alexander-McCarthy retains his place at five eighth. Former Raiders juniors Brigham Moeakiola and Temple Rupapera will partner in the centres.

My tip: The Bulldogs will be tough at home, but I'll go with the Bushrangers - given they were more gritty in their last start.

2024 Season record: Bulldogs 0 and 2 (9th, -44)
Bushrangers 0 and 2 (8th, -28)
Form: Bulldogs WWLLL
Bushrangers WWLLL
Attacking record: Bulldogs 23, Bushrangers 8 points scored per match
Defensive record: Bulldogs 45, Bushrangers 22 points conceded per match
Last meetings: 2023 Round 11 Bushrangers 46 defeated Bulldogs 6 at Greenway Oval
2023 Round 2 Bushrangers 32 defeated Bulldogs 30 at Goulburn Arena

West Belconnen Warriors v Gungahlin Bulls

Sunday's clash sees the Warriors host the Bulls in an unfortunate time slot - up against the Raiders versus Sharks at Canberra Stadium. I can't say the Warriors were firing on all cylinders in their season opener, but they did enough to get a first up win. The Bulls are also last start winners, so it should be an interesting contest. Not much form on the board for either side, really.



Team news: Charlie Henderson was strong last week at halfback for the Warriors, and will partner with Calab Edwards in the halves. Henderson is the brother of Raiders half Mitch Henderson, and joined the SG Ball Raiders this year. He unfortunately missed most of the SG Ball season after breaking his arm in a trial game. Coach Ryan McQueen will again line up in the No. 1 jersey. The Bulls will be directed on field by co-coaches Tre Holten-Williams and Bobby Roberts in the halves.

My tip: I'll go for the Warriors at home, but this game could go either way.

2024 Season record: Warriors 1 and 0 (4th, +4)
Bulls 1 and 1 (6th, -12)
Form: Warriors WWWLW
Bulls LLLLW
Attacking record: Warriors 14, Bulls 23 points scored per match
Defensive record: Warriors 10, Bulls 29 points conceded per match
Last meetings: 2023 Round 11 Warriors 32 defeated Bulls 18 at Raiders Belconnen
2023 Round 2 Warriors 36 defeated Bulls 22 at Gungahlin Enclosed Oval

The Greenhouse will again be going around the grounds to cover the Canberra Raiders Cup matches whenever we can this season. Watch for our coverage on @TheGHRaiders on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, while we also provide live scores on Twitter via @CanberraCup.

Round 4

Saturday 27 April
Queanbeyan Kangaroos v Woden Valley Rams, Freebody Oval, 3:00pm
Yass Magpies v Queanbeyan Blues, Walker Park, 3:00pm
Goulburn Bulldogs v Tuggeranong Bushrangers, Goulburn Arena, 3:00pm
Sunday 28 April
West Belconnen Warriors v Gungahlin Bulls, Raiders Belconnen 3:00pm *
BYE Belconnen Sharks

* Free live stream match.

Don't forget, you can watch every match in every grade of the Canberra Raiders Cup with a subscription to Bar TV Sports: Click here

You can get a 48 hour pass for $6.95, a weekly pass for $14.95 or a monthly subscription for $19.95, with a percentage of your subscription going to the Canberra Raiders Cup team of your choice.

McIntyre Medal leader board

3 - Zac Patch (Belconnen Sharks)
3 - Dylan McLachlan (Queanbeyan Blues)
3 - Jesse Martin (Woden Rams)
3 - Charlie Woolford (Yass Magpies)

McIntyre Medal Round 3 votes

Tuggeranong Bushrangers v West Belconnen Warriors
3 - Charlie Henderson (West Belconnen Warriors)
2 - Harry Brown (West Belconnen Warriors)
1 - Bradley Buckley (Tuggeranong Bushrangers)

Belconnen Sharks v Queanbeyan Blues
3 - Joshua Pokoney (Queanbeyan Blues)
2 - Daetyn Tanuvasa (Queanbeyan Blues)
1 - Albert Watego (Belconnen Sharks)

Yass Magpies v Gungahlin Bulls
3 points - Jason Brown (Gungahlin Bulls)
2 points - Noah Marcantonio (Gungahlin Bulls)
1 point - Benjamin Davis (Yass Magpies)

Woden Rams v Goulburn Bulldogs
3 points - Daine Spencer (Woden Rams)
2 points - Brendan Jimenez (Woden Rams)
1 point - Adam Jeffery (Goulburn Bulldogs)

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Westies impress in their first home game



The West Belconnen Warriors continued their successful start to the season, defeating the Gungahlin Bulls with a 38-18 victory. West Belconnen skipped away to lead 20-6 at halftime, before piling on the points after the break. Warriors five-eighth Caleb Edwards was a standout, securing his hattrick in the second half.

Queanbeyan Kangaroos 28 defeated Woden Rams 18
Queanbeyan Blues 68 defeated Yass Magpies 14
Tuggeranong Bushrangers 34 defeated Goulburn Bulldogs 24
West Belconnen Warriors 38 defeated Gungahlin Bulls 18

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2024 Canberra Raiders Cup: Round 5 Preview

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Round 5 of the Canberra Raiders Cup is headlined by two big clashes at Queanbeyan on Saturday. The top two teams, the Queanbeyan Blues and Woden Rams, meet at Seiffert Oval in a blockbuster. Meanwhile, across town it'll be third versus fourth when the West Belconnen Warriors visit Freebody Oval for a match up with the Queanbeyan Kangaroos.

Gungahlin Bulls v Tuggeranong Bushrangers

The Bulls are coming off a 38-18 loss to the Warriors at Kippax on Sunday - a game that West Belconnen had well under control for the bulk of the match. Fullback Travis Vawdon impressed for the Bulls, scoring a try in the first half, and setting up the last minute try for Ryan Grocott with a strong run. Prop Jason Brown also had an impact up front. The Bulls had a good win against the Yass Magpies (36-20) in Round 2 at Walker Park - but they have found it much tougher going against the Sharks (38-10) and the Warriors so far this season.

The Bushrangers produced their first win of the season on Saturday, beating the Bulldogs (34-24) on their road trip to Goulburn. They scored a total of seven tries - with fullback Jack Davison, five eighth Wez Alexander-McCarthy and bench player Jireh Tiumalu all bagging doubles. Hooker Liam Oakley and lock Brad Buckley were also strong.

Team news: Liam Oakley will get the Bushies on a roll from dummy half, while forward Brad Buckley shifts from lock to prop. Rhys Djerke and Wez Alexander-McCarthy will steer the team from the halves. Jayden Pollard returns on the wing. Tre Holten-Williams is out for the Bulls. Noah Marcantonio will line up at five eighth alongside Bobby Roberts at halfback. Travis Vawdon is also out, with Ryan Grocott moving to fullback and Jesse Croker coming in on the wing.

My tip: Both these teams have a similar record so far in 2024. The concerning thing for the Bulls' three coaches would be the number of points they are leaking. Defence is the biggest difference in the records of the two sides. Bullegariqn go with the Bushies at home.

2024 Season record: Bulls 1 and 2 (7th, -32)
Bushrangers 1 and 2 (6th, -18)
Form: Bulls LLLWL
Bushrangers WWLLW
Attacking record: Bulls 21, Bushrangers 17 points scored per match
Defensive record: Bulls 32, Bushrangers 23 points conceded per match
Last meetings: 2023 Round 14 Bushrangers 32 defeated Bulls 16 at Gungahlin Enclosed
2023 Round 5 Bulls 42 defeated Bushrangers 16 at Greenway Oval

Belconnen Sharks v Goulburn Bulldogs

The Sharks will be well rested after the bye - and they've had some time to put their last up loss to the Blues (34-28) behind them.

The Bulldogs are certainly finding out what life is like with player-coach Mitch Cornish being stuck on the sidelines, due to a long term injury. They're the only team that has yet to record a win this season.

They lost (34-24) last Saturday to the Bushrangers at home, but they fought hard to stay in the game. The Bulldogs trailed by just two points at half time - and kept on coming back during the game. An intercept try to Wez Alexander-McCarthy near the 50 minute mark, just as the Bulldogs were threatening the line, proved to be a crucial point in the match. It was needed in order to stave off the home team. Bulldogs centre Dillon Rota scored a double.

Team news: Matt Woolnough and Zac Patch will continue their strong halves pairing for the Sharks. They will be opposed by Goulburn’s Nick Douglass and Dane Klower. Raiders junior Owen Hromow will start at lock for the Sharks, with Adam Jeffrey in the No. 13 for the Bulldogs. It should be a good battle between the fullbacks - Tristan Eldridge (Sharks) versus Nicholas Cornish (Bulldogs).

My tip: The Sharks should be too strong in this one.

2024 Season record: Sharks 1 and 1 (5th, +22)
Bulldogs 0 and 3 (9th, -54)
Form: Sharks LWLWL
Bulldogs WWLLL
Attacking record: Sharks 33, Bulldogs 23 points scored per match
Defensive record: Sharks 22, Bulldogs 45 points conceded per match
Last meetings: 2023 Round 14 Sharks 24 defeated Bulldogs 16 at NSWRL HQ, Bruce
2023 Round 5 Sharks 26 defeated Bulldogs 24 at Goulburn Arena

Queanbeyan Kangaroos v West Belconnen Warriors

Third versus fourth. The 2022 Canberra Raiders Cup premiers versus the 2023 premiers. The reigning champions, the Queanbeyan Kangaroos, looked a bit vulnerable in their opening match of the 2024 season - with the Blues forcing a draw with a flurry of tries in the final stages of the Queanbeyan derby. But last Saturday at Freebody, things mostly went like clockwork for the Roos in their clash with the Woden Rams. Roos captain-coach Sam Williams just seems to have so much time - and he orchestrates his side almost perfectly.

The Roos ended up beating the Rams, 26-18, but some late tries from the Rams made the scoreline closer than it probably should have been. The Queanbeyan outfit dominated possession and territory for much of the match. The Roos led 20-4 at half time and their four first half tries set up the victory. A further try to winger Thomas Williams in the 46th minute - off a Sam Williams bomb to the corner - extended the lead to 20 points. Conceding two tries in the final six minutes would be the only thing worrying the Kangaroos captain-coach.

The West Belconnen Warriors produced a big, 38-18 win over the Gungahlin Bulls on Sunday at Kippax. Five eighth Calab Edwards opened the scoring in the 15th minute, kicking ahead for himself. He followed up quickly, making a break down the right edge and running 40 metres to the try line.

An error from the Warriors late in the first half gave the Bulls their chance - with centre Earldric Pehara making a good run from a scrum play, and setting up fullback Travis Vawdon on the inside. That brought Gungahlin within six points. But the Bulls promptly coughed up the ball on an early tackle, following the kick off. And the Warriors pounced. A shift to the left saw Ryan McQueen throw a dummy and then step through the defensive line - putting second rower Billy Robb over the line. A penalty goal to Brandon Withers right on half time gave the Warriors a 20-6 lead at the break.

The Warriors went further in front two minutes into the second half. Winger Kylan Edwards broke a tackle on the edge and then sent the ball back inside to half Charlie Henderson - and Calab Edwards was backing up for a hat trick. Five minutes later, a brilliant offload from Billy Robb, just as he was about to hit the deck in a tackle, delivered a four pointer to Ryan McQueen.



The Bulls finally jagged a try near the 60 minute mark, with Jade Schumacher darting over from dummy half, scoring under the posts. But the Warriors sealed the match in the 72nd minute, with Ryan McQueen putting centre Willie Peace across the white stripe out wide. Bulls winger Ryan Grocott scored a consolation try in the final minute, after a very good break from Travis Vawdon.

Team news: The clash of the captain-coaches should be a highlight. Half Sam Williams for the Blues versus fullback Ryan McQueen for the Warriors. Throw in the matchup at hooker - Queanbeyan’s Lachie Ingram versus the Warriors’ Harry Brown. Worth the price of admission.

My tip: Saturday's game should be a great contest. I probably underestimated the Kangaroos last week. They were impressive in beating an in form Rams team. I've probably also been underestimating the Warriors. Calab Edwards and Ryan McQueen can be very dangerous. I'll go with the Kangaroos at home... just.

2024 Season record: Kangaroos 1 and 0, 1 draw (4th, +8)
Warriors 2 and 0 (3rd, +24)
Form: Kangaroos LWWDW
Warriors WWLWW
Attacking record: Kangaroos 29, Warriors 26 points scored per match
Defensive record: Kangaroos 25, Warriors 14 points conceded per match
Last meetings: 2023 Round 14 Kangaroos 26 defeated Warriors 16 at Raiders Belconnen
2023 Round 5 Kangaroos 44 defeated Warriors 6 at Freebody Oval

Queanbeyan Blues v Woden Rams

First versus second. The Queanbeyan Blues are a completely different outfit to the one that finished seventh in 2023 - forfeiting a game and conceding over 500 points along the way. This year the Blues, led by Dylan McLachlan at halfback, sure know how to score points. They beat the Yass Magpies on Saturday at Walker Park, 68-14, scoring 12 tries in the process. McLachlan himself scored a hat trick. Raiders junior centre Josh Billing scored a hat trick. Fullback Connor Williams and hooker Jack Anderson both bagged doubles. McLachlan presently leads the McIntyre Medal count.



The Woden Rams were flying high, heading into last Saturday's clash with the Queanbeyan Kangaroos. They had just beaten the Bulldogs, 58-18, at Phillip. However, the Roos proved to be a much tougher proposition. Woden trailed the Queanbeyan outfit, 26-8, with six minutes remaining. But they then produced a stunning try to halfback Brendan Jimenez. Koko Salim is fast - and he showed how fast in making a 40 metre break down the right edge, before offloading inside to Daine Spencer. Spencer then sent it out to Jimenez backing up on the wing. Four points. Salim had earlier shown his pace in scoring his own try. Rams centre Gideon Afemui crossed on the other edge with two minutes left. Rams coach Ash Barnes will take some consolation from those second half tries.

Team news: Some good matchups in this one. At fullback, Woden’s Daine Spencer versus the Blues’ Conor Williams. In the centres, Queanbeyan’s Josh Billing and Josh Pokoney versus the Rams’ Gideon Afemui and Koko Salim. And at halfback, union recruits Dylan McLachlan and Brendan Jimenez, for the Blues and Rams respectively. Jayden McLachlan has been named on the Queanbeyan bench, with Blake Murray at five eighth.

My tip: This should be a terrific game. I'm going to tip the Blues at home... but the attack from the Rams can be brilliant. Don't be surprised if Woden get the win.

2024 Season record: Blues 2 and 0, 1 draw (1st, +60)
Rams 2 and 1 (2nd, +56)
Form: Blues WLDWW
Rams LLWWL
Attacking record: Blues 45, Rams 35 points scored per match
Defensive record: Blues 25, Rams 17 points conceded per match
Last meetings: 2023 Round 14 Rams 28 defeated Blues 26 at Seiffert Oval
2023 Round 5 Rams 26 defeated Blues 16 at Phillip Oval

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Round 5

Saturday 4 May
Gungahlin Bulls v Tuggeranong Bushrangers, Gungahlin Enclosed, 3:00pm
Belconnen Sharks v Goulburn Bulldogs, NSWRL HQ Bruce, 3:00pm
Queanbeyan Kangaroos v West Belconnen Warriors, Freebody Oval, 3:00pm
Queanbeyan Blues v Woden Rams, Seiffert Oval, 3:00pm *
BYE Yass Magpies

* Free live stream match.

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McIntyre Medal leader board

6 - Dylan McLachlan (Queanbeyan Blues)
5 - Jason Brown (Gungahlin Bulls)
4 - Jesse Martin (Woden Rams)
4 - Charlie Woolford (Yass Magpies)

McIntyre Medal Round 4 votes

Queanbeyan Kangaroos v Woden Rams
3 - Sam Williams (Queanbeyan Kangaroos)
2 - Lachlan Ingram (Queanbeyan Kangaroos)
1 - Jesse Martin (Woden Rams)

Yass Magpies v Queanbeyan Blues
3 - Dylan McLachlan (Queanbeyan Blues)
2 - Bryce Lee (Queanbeyan Blues)
1 - Charlie Woolford (Yass Magpies)

Goulburn Bulldogs v Tuggeranong Bushrangers
3 - Liam Oakley (Tuggeranong Bushrangers)
2 - Brad Buckley (Tuggeranong Bushrangers)
1 - Tyson Greenwood (Goulburn Bulldogs)

West Belconnen Warriors v Gungahlin Bulls
3 - Calab Edwards (West Belconnen Warriors)
2 - Jason Brown (Gungahlin Bulls)
1 - Ryan McQueen (West Belconnen Warriors)

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Tuggeranong Bushrangers 30 defeated Gungahlin Bulls 10
Belconnen Sharks 48 defeated Goulburn Bulldogs 8
Queanbeyan Kangaroos 32 defeated West Belconnen Warriors 18
Woden Rams 24 defeated Queanbeyan Blues 16
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2024 Canberra Raiders Cup: Round 6 Preview

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Round 6 of the Canberra Raiders Cup is headlined by the top four clash between the Woden Rams and Belconnen Sharks on Saturday at Phillip Oval. The free live stream game features the West Belconnen Warriors and Yass Magpies at Raiders Belconnen.

Woden Rams v Belconnen Sharks

First versus fourth. Two real contenders in 2024. This clash is definitely the match of the round.

The Rams produced a 24-16 win over the previously undefeated Blues at Seiffert Oval last Saturday. The Rams scored inside the first five minutes, with prop Jesse Martin crashing over beside the posts. A simple crash ball from hooker Kosta Posantzis set it up. The home team struck back in the 15th minute after Jayden McLachlan made a half break and grubbered in behind the Rams' defensive line. Winger George Morseu was the man on the spot, grounding the ball in the in goal. Just before half time, experienced Woden five eighth Sean Maloney fooled the defence, throwing the dummy and then going back inside himself. His try delivered a 12-4 lead for the Rams.

Ten minutes into the second half, prop Jomal Nchouki charged over under the posts, extending the Woden lead. Halfback Brendan Jimenez got the try assist, a terrific short pass. The Rams led 18-4 heading into the final 10 minutes, but a perfectly delayed pass from Blues fullback Connor Williams set up a Blake Murray try. Queanbeyan trailed by eight - and a late charge was certainly not out of the question.

But with five minutes to go, Blues hooker Jack Anderson knocked down an Adam Lucas pass, right on the Queanbeyan goal line. The ball conveniently fell at the feet of Rams' lock Steven Ferry and he just had to plant the ball in the in goal. The Blues weren't finished, with Connor Williams chasing a Dylan McLachlan grubber. Four points. A penalty goal for Woden's Gideon Afemui after the final hooter produced the 24-15 final score line.

The Sharks are also coming off a win last weekend. They scored 10 tries in accounting for the Goulburn Bulldogs at Bruce, 48-8. Sharks fullback Tristan Eldridge was the first to score in the 13th minute, shrugging off some flimsy defence. He went on to score a double, as did halfback Matt Woolnough. Sharks winger Yuri Hromow outdid them both, posting a hat trick. Just before half time, Raiders junior back, Izayah Petricevich scored the try of the match, taking a bomb on the Sharks' own 10 metre line and then running 90 metres to score. That gave Belconnen outfit a 22-4 lead at the break - and they were even more dominant in the second half.

Team news: Ron Leapai and Brad Martin are back in the second row for the Rams, with Scott Swanson dropping to the bench. Matthew Tuialii has been added to the bench. Jesse Bellchambers comes in at hooker for the Sharks, with Thomas Carey dropping to the bench. Tevita Aroha-Tuinauvai moves from centre to the second row.

My tip: This should be a great contest. I'm going to go with the Rams, as they just have a bit more form on the board this year. They've yet to have a bye, and they've come up against some tough teams.

2024 Season record: Rams 3 and 1 (1st, +64)
Sharks 2 and 1 (4th, +62)
Form: LWWLW
Sharks WLWLW
Attacking record: Rams 33, Sharks 38 points scored per match
Defensive record: Rams 17, Sharks 17 points conceded per match
Last meetings: 2023 Round 16 Sharks 20 defeated Rams 14 at NSWRL HQ, Bruce
2023 Round 7 Rams 32 defeated Sharks 4 at Phillip Oval

West Belconnen Warriors v Yass Magpies

The West Belconnen Warriors suffered a 32-18 defeat at the hands of the Queanbeyan Kangaroos at Freebody Oval in Round 5. It was the Warriors' first loss of the season. They were right in the game at half time, with with the scores tied up at 12 all. Kangaroos second rower Jesse Dent powered over in the 14th minute, while Queanbeyan fullback Kaine Pagura scored in the corner a few minutes later. Warriors winger Andrew McDonald was on the end of a good backline sweep at the 20 minute mark. Four points in the corner. A try to Raiders junior half, Jaxen Yow soon gave the Roos a six point lead. But the Warriors leveled in the 33rd minute, after the always dangerous Calab Edwards sliced through Queanbeyan line.

Sadly for the Warriors, it was almost all the Kangaroos in the second half. Centre Brayden Draber scored a hat trick for the home team, with Warriors hooker Harry Brown getting a consolation try in the final minutes.



The Magpies are coming off a bye last weekend. They beat the Bulldogs (32-28) in their season opener, but they head into this match after back to back losses to the Bulls (36-20) and Blues (68-14). They conceded 12 tries to Queanbeyan.

Team news: Bayley Maher has been named at fullback for the Magpies, with Lekani Mpaso moving to the wing. Declan Ryan takes over at five eighth. Pacey McGregor moves to the second row, while Cian Ebert and Marty Smith forms a new centre pairing. Brodie Schumacher takes over from Charlie Henderson at halfback for the Warriors, while George Pohahau comes in for Willie Peace at centre. Jye Rushton replaces Harry Brown at hooker.

My tip: The Warriors should be too strong in this one.

2024 Season record: Warriors 2 and 1 (5th, +10)
Magpies 1 and 2 (8th, -66)
Form: Warriors WLWWL
Magpies LWWLL
Attacking record: Warriors 23, Magpies 23 points scored per match
Defensive record: Warriors 20, Magpies 44 points conceded per match
Last meetings: 2023 Round 16 Warriors 35 defeated Magpies 18 at Raiders Belconnen
2023 Round 7 Warriors 48 defeated Magpies 0 at Walker Park

Queanbeyan Kangaroos v Gungahlin Bulls

The Kangaroos are the only undefeated team in the 2024 Canberra Raiders Cup. They closest the 2023 Premiers came to a loss was the Round 2 draw (32-32) with the Blues. Since then they've beaten two of the top teams - the Rams (26-18) and Warriors (32-18). The Bulls are coming off a 30-10 loss to the Tuggeranong Bushrangers last Saturday at Gungahlin. Bulls winger Ethan Miller bagged a double in the match. But they conceded six tries. It would be a huge upset if the Kangaroos lose this one, at home.

Team news: Jake Kiely shifts from the wing to centre for the Roos, with Matthew Wheatley has been added to the wing. Ryan Dodson will partner Sam Williams in the halves. Troy Whiley will start at prop, with Bayley Hitchcock moving to lock. The Bulls have named Noah Marcantonio in place of Bobby Roberts at half back. Jordan Eti will start at prop for Gungahlin, with Jason Brown moving to lock.

My tip: Kangaroos.

2024 Season record: Kangaroos 2 and 0, 1 draw (3rd, +22)
Bulls 1 and 3 (7th, -52)
Form: Kangaroos WWDWW
Bulls LLLWL
Attacking record: Kangaroos 30, Bulls 19 points scored per match
Defensive record: Kangaroos 23, Bulls 32 points conceded per match
Last meetings: 2023 Round 16 Kangaroos 58 defeated Bulls 14 at Gungahlin Enclosed Oval
2023 Round 7 Kangaroos 20 defeated Bulls 0 at Freebody Oval

Queanbeyan Blues v Goulburn Bulldogs

The Blues had their first loss of the year last weekend - falling to the Rams at Seiffert Oval. The McLachlan brothers have been steering the team around well from the halves, while Connor Williams has impressed at fullback. Raiders junior Josh Billing has also been in great form at centre/second row - making some powerful bursts with the ball in hand. The Bulldogs are the only winless team in season 2024. The loss of Mitch Cornish from the playing field has been a huge blow. It is difficult to see them breaking the duck against the Blues at Seiffert.

Team news: The Blues have shifted Connor Williams to five eighth, with Josh Pokoney taking over at fullback. Kalani Skipps comes in at centre. Blake Murray will start at hooker, John Papalii at prop, and Sam Griffin at lock. Nicholas Cornish takes over at halfback for the Bulldogs, with Nick Douglass switching to fullback.

My tip: Blues.

2024 Season record: Blues 2 and 1, 1 draw (2nd, +52)
Bulldogs 0 and 4 (9th, -94)
Form: Blues LDWWL
Bulldogs WLLLL
Attacking record: Blues 38, Bulldogs 20 points scored per match
Defensive record: Blues 25, Bulldogs 43 points conceded per match
Last meetings: 2023 Round 16 Bulldogs 54 defeated Blues 6 at Goulburn Arena
2023 Round 7 Bulldogs 46 defeated Blues 26 at Seiffert Oval

The Greenhouse will again be going around the grounds to cover the Canberra Raiders Cup matches whenever we can this season. Watch for our coverage on @TheGHRaiders on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, while we also provide live scores on Twitter via @CanberraCup.

Round 6

Saturday 11 May
Woden Rams v Belconnen Sharks, Boomanulla Oval, 3:00pm
West Belconnen Warriors v Yass Magpies, Raiders Belconnen, 3:00pm *
Queanbeyan Kangaroos v Gungahlin Bulls, Freebody Oval, 3:00pm
Queanbeyan Blues v Goulburn Bulldogs, Seiffert Oval, 3:00pm
BYE Tuggeranong Bushrangers

* Free live stream match.

Don't forget, you can watch every match in every grade of the Canberra Raiders Cup with a subscription to Bar TV Sports: Click here

You can get a 48 hour pass for $6.95, a weekly pass for $14.95 or a monthly subscription for $19.95, with a percentage of your subscription going to the Canberra Raiders Cup team of your choice.

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VIDEO: Magpies coach Adam Kyle and Warriors coach Ryan McQueen: Click here



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NSWRL Country and City squads announced for 2024

The NSWRL is pleased to announce the following players have been chosen to represent NSW Country and NSW City in the representative fixtures to be played on the weekend of 18-19 May.

Nine games will be played across two days at two venues, the iconic Leichhardt Oval and the Whitlam Leisure Centre, with NSWRL TV to showcase all the action.

NSW COUNTRY V NSW CITY SCHEDULE

Saturday 18 May
Leichardt Oval
11am – Under 16s NSW Country v NSW City
12.35pm – Under 18s NSW Country v NSW City
2.20pm – Men’s Open Age NSW Country v NSW City
Whitlam Leisure Centre
4pm – Wheelchair Rugby League NSW Country v NSW City

Sunday 19 May
Leichhardt Oval
10am – Physical Disability Rugby League
11.15am – Under 17s Girls NSW Country v NSW City
12.50pm – Under 19s Women NSW Country v NSW City
2.25pm – Women’s Police NSW Country v NSW City
4pm – Men’s Police NSW Country v NSW City

COUNTRY v CITY SQUADS

Saturday 18 May
Country Under 16s Boys (11am Leichhardt Oval)
Country: Chase Butler (Newcastle Maitland Region Knights), Kalen Cashin (Central Coast Roosters), Logan Coombes (Western Rams), Jack Dean-Potaka (Central Coast Roosters), Jake Gaffney (Macarthur Wests Tigers), Duncan Gatt-Smith (Central Coast Roosters), Koby Houghton (Central Coast Roosters), Taj Jordan (Western Rams), Semi Leweniqila (Central Coast Roosters), Billy Mulheran (Northern Rivers Titans), Curtis Mulherin (Newcastle Maitland Region Knights), Kye Penfold (Macarthur Wests Tigers), Kemp Riches (Western Rams), Triston Ross (Western Rams), Andrew Sio (Macarthur Wests Tigers), Mitchell Sleigh (Illawarra South Coast Dragons), Alexander Stephenson (Central Coast Roosters), Chip Valentish (Newcastle Maitland Region Knights) Coach: Shaun Davison

City: Cyrus Bloomfield (Parramatta Eels), Talmage Brown (Penrith Panthers), Liam Challenor (Cronulla Sharks), Jamie Curran (Cronulla Sharks), Cruz Death (Manly Sea Eagles), Darcy Feltham (South Sydney Rabbitohs), Thomas Goodfield (Western Suburbs Magpies), Siotame Havea Jr (Western Suburbs Magpies), Ashton Large (Western Suburbs Magpies), Leo-Stipe Latu (Penrith Panthers), Jhevon Lele (Western Suburbs Magpies), Lachlan Metcalfe (Sydney Roosters), Michael Nauer (Parramatta Eels), Jeziah Papa (Sydney Roosters), Samuel Polley (Parramatta Eels), Talen Risati (Parramatta Eels), Braith Sloane (Canterbury Bulldogs), Paula Teisina (Sydney Roosters) Coach: Frank Pritchard

Country Under 18s Boys (12.35pm Leichhardt Oval)
Country: Jonah Anderson (Monaro Colts), Cooper Black (Western Rams), Mitchell Brophy (Monaro Colts), Billy Brown (Central Coast Roosters), James Croker (Monaro Colts), Archie Duncombe (Macarthur Wests Tigers), Joseph Elton (Monaro Colts), Josiah Fesolai (Central Coast Roosters), Saint Fuatimau (Macarthur Wests Tigers), Jordan Hamlin (Northern Tigers), Alex Hardy (Monaro Colts), Harry Hudson (Monaro Colts), Reece Josephson (Northern Tigers), Kohan Lewis (Macarthur Wests Tigers), Jesse Milin (Monaro Colts), Dylan Smith (Macarthur Wests Tigers), Zechariah Taufa (Illawarra South Coast Dragons), Luke Tuialii (Monaro Colts) Coach: Brendan Bradley (Monaro Colts)

City: Hayden Buchanan (Illawarra Steelers), Alex Challenor (Cronulla Sharks), Jezaiah Funa-Luta (Parramatta Eels), Jacob Halangahu (St George Dragons), Jack Hilliar (Newcastle Knights), Cody Hopwood (Newcastle Knights), Finau Latu (St George Dragons), Luke Laulilii (Western Suburbs Magpies), Hokafonu Lemoto (Penrith Panthers), Heamasi Makasini (Western Suburbs Magpies), Zaidas Muagututia (Canterbury Bulldogs), Kye Raven (Penrith Panthers), Ratu Rinakama (Canterbury Bulldogs), Toby Rodwell (Sydney Roosters), Cyrus Stanley-Traill (St George Dragons), Connor Votano (Newcastle Knights), Nikora Williams (Cronulla Sharks), Mitchell Woods (Canterbury Bulldogs) Coach: Peter Marrapodi (Canberra Raiders)

Country Men’s Open Age (2.20pm Leichhardt Oval)
Country: Cameron Anderson (Newcastle Maitland Region Knights), Joshua Ayers (Monaro Colts), Jake Brisbane (Macarthur Wests Tigers), Jayden Butterfield (Newcastle Maitland Region Knights), Joshua Dowel (Illawarra South Coast Dragons), Ryan Glanville (Newcastle Maitland Region Knights), Lewis Hamilton (Newcastle Maitland Region Knights), Luke Huth (Newcastle Maitland Region Knights), Steven Marsters (Illawarra South Coast Dragons), James Morgan (Riverina Bulls), Lachlan Munro (Riverina Bulls), Chad O'Donnell (Newcastle Maitland Region Knights), Ryan Shaw (Central Coast Roosters), Matthew Soper-Lawler (Newcastle Maitalnd Region Knights), James Taylor (Newcastle Maitland Region Knights), Royce Tout (Riverina Bulls), Honeti Tuha (Newcastle Maitland Region Knights), Jake Woods (Central Coast Roosters) Coach: Wade Forrester

City: TBC

Wheelchair Rugby League (4pm Whitlam Leisure Centre)
Country: Jason Attard, Zachary Carl, Richard Engles, Brad Grove, Diab Karim, Edie Morgan, Toby Popple, Mitchell Stone
City: Wessam Bakkour, Cory Cannane, Craig Cannane, Mohammad Chemaissem, William Derederenalagi, Edge Iole, Liam Luff, Stephan Rochecouste

Sunday 19 May
Physical Disability Rugby League (10am Leichhardt Oval)
Country: William Bussell, Dean Clark, Lindsay Elliott, Che Fornusek, Rylan Gaudron, Samuel Hogan, Mark Keaton, Gary Kingi, Mark McCoy, Fletcher Netting, Chris Sansom, Edward Sharpe, Alexander Smith, Luke Vella, Brett Weiss
City: Geoff Clarke, Hayden Coulton, Bryce Crane, Ryan Cutler, Todd Dorwood, Denzel Edwards, Daniel Koteski, Edward Lennon, Jaylen Martin, Shrivanka Perera, Joel Pragnell, Daniel Sheppard, Jonathan Smith, Fred Taiba, Cooper Travers

Under 17s Girls (11.15am Leichhardt Oval)
Country: Teuila Ahkey (Monaro Colts), Halle Barrett (Illawarra Steelers), Ellie Brander (Central Coast Roosters), Mahlie Cashin (Central Coast Roosters), Macey Cox (Newcastle Knights), Paula-Lee Going (Monaro Colts), Emilee-Rose Hall (Central Coast Roosters), Isla Hodgson (Newcastle Knights), Ella Knowles (Central Coast Roosters), Emily Macarthur (Newcastle Knights), Tahlia O'Brien (Illawarra Steelers), Molly Pittman (Central Coast Roosters), Makenna Ravouvou (Monaro Colts), Tori Shipton (Illawarra Steelers), Maronay Smuts (Newcastle Knights), Uta Uatisone Poka (Monaro Colts), Mia Vaotuua (Central Coast Roosters), Joshalynn Walker (Northern Rivers Titans) Coach: Jayme Fressard

City: Paige Attard (Wests Tigers), Rhiannon Bonner (Wests Tigers), Lacey Cross (Sydney Roosters), Aliahana Fuimaono (Canterbury Bulldogs), May Fuimaono (Wests Tigers), Khyliah Gray (Parramatta Eels), Hannah Ison (Penrith Panthers), Anastasia Leatupue (Sydney Roosters), Logan Lemusu (Parramatta Eels), Lucyannah Luamanu-Leiataua (Wests Tigers), Bailey Ma-Chong (Parramatta Eels), Angel Schaafhausen-Mino (Wests Tigers), Alleya Scrivens (Parramatta Eels), Danielle Seckold (Parramatta Eels), Trinity Tauaneai (Canterbury Bulldogs), Fontayne Tufuga (Parramatta Eels), Olivia Vaalele (Canterbury Bulldogs), Kiana Vatubua (Canterbury Bulldogs) Coach: Charlotte Henry

Under 19s Women (12.50pm Leichhardt Oval)
Country: Cheyenne Baker (Wests Tigers), Charlotte Basham (Illawarra Steelers), Indie Bostock (Illawarra Steelers), Makaah Darcy (Newcastle Knights), Tyra Ekepati (Sydney Roosters), Evie Jones (Newcastle Knights), Ella Koster (Illawarra Steelers), Evie McGrath (Illawarra Steelers), Tess McWilliams (Sydney Roosters), Hope Millard (Illawarra Steelers), Maria Paseka (Illawarra Steelers), Herewaka Pohatu (Illawarra Steelers), Kasey Reh (Illawarra Steelers), Chelsea Savill (Illawarra Steelers), Mia-Rose Walsh (Illawarra Steelers), Lilly-Ann White (Newcastle Knights), Bronte Wilson (Illawarra Steelers), Sienna Yeo (Illawarra Steelers) Coach: Courtney Crawford

City: Ryvrr-Lee Alo (Parramatta Eels), Abby Aros (Canterbury Bulldogs), Lili Boyle (Manly Sea Eagles), Claudia Brown (Wests Tigers), Oriana Epati (Sydney Roosters), Taneisha Gray (St George Dragons), Kayla Henderson (Canterbury Bulldogs), Waimarie Martin (Canterbury Bulldogs), Bella McEachern (Canterbury Bulldogs), Evah McEwen (Newcastle Knights), Rory Muller (Parramatta Eels), Ambryn Murphy-Haua (Canterbury Bulldogs), Audrey Nadaya-Harb (Canterbury Bulldogs), Raphaella Perigo (Parramatta Eels), Pauline Suli-Ruka (Canterbury Bulldogs), Manilita Takapautolo (Cronulla Sharks), Lindsay Tui (Parramatta Eels), Tia-Jordyn Vasilovski (Cronulla Sharks) Coach: Karen Stuart

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2024 Canberra Raiders Cup: Round 7 Preview

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Round 7 of the Canberra Raiders Cup is headlined by the top four clash between the West Belconnen Warriors and Queanbeyan Blues at Kippax on Sunday. On Saturday, the re-match of the 2023 Grand Final takes place at Tuggeranong, when the Bushrangers host the reigning champions. It is the free live stream match.

Tuggeranong Bushrangers v Queanbeyan Kangaroos

This is re-match of the 2023 Grand Final, a game decisively won by the Kangaroos. The Bushrangers were the only team to beat the Kangaroos last year and they did it twice. But there have been plenty of changes in the ranks since 2023, especially at Tuggeranong. The Bushies lost a number of their top players in the off season, while injury hasn't been kind either.

The Kangaroos are the only team that remains undefeated in the 2024 Canberra Raiders Cup. They came close in their Round 2 season opener - drawing against the Blues, after a stunning late comeback from their cross town rivals. Since then they've beaten some top line contenders - the Rams (26-18) and the Warriors (32-18). And they continued on their winning ways against the Gungahlin Bulls on Saturday at Freebody, coming away with a 44-4 victory.

Roos fullback Kaine Pagura opened the scoring in just the fourth minute, after Lachie Ingram and Sam Williams shifted the ball to the right. Pagura has speed and a good step - and he used the latter to get around the defence. Ten minutes later, veteran prop Troy Whiley charged down the middle of the field to score under the posts. In the 18th minute, Whiley was again in the thick of the action, offloading to Jesse Dent, who twisted and turned and found a way to ground the ball over the line. The Roos went to a 24 point lead at the 30 minute mark, when Sam Williams kicked to the corner and winger Matt Wheatley plucked the ball out of the air to score. It was essentially game over at that point.

The Bulls got one back just before half time. Gungahlin captain Tre Holten Williams put in a kick to the corner for winger Paul Alofipo and came up trumps. It was 24-4 at the break. But it was all the Roos in the second half. Jesse Dent got his second try in the 45th minute, Kaine Pagura his second in the 50th minute. That try showed how quick Pagura can be. Tries to centres, Brayden Draber and Jake Kiely sealed the win.



The Bushrangers head into this game after a bye - and back to back wins over the Bulldogs (34-24) and Bulls (30-10). But the Bushies did struggle a bit against stronger teams in the opening rounds - losing to the Rams (30-6) and Warriors (14-10). Meanwhile, the Kangaroos are now in the groove. Even though this match will be played on Tuggeranong's home turf, the Roos will be very difficult to beat.

Team news: Trae Bennetto comes in at halfback for the Bushrangers, replacing Rhys Djerke - who has been named in the No. 14 jersey. The Raiders have brought Bennetto to Canberra from Goondiwindi. Joshua Tape has been included at centre, in place of Brigham Moeakiola. Daniel Hickson will start at prop, with Nicholas Navarro dropping to the bench. Tom Lunney replaces Josh Eppelstun in the second row.

My tip: Kangaroos.

2024 Season record: Kangaroos 3 and 0, 1 draw (3rd, +62)
Bushrangers 2 and 2 (6th, +2)
Form: Kangaroos WDWWW
Bushrangers LLLWW
Attacking record: Kangaroos 34, Bushrangers 20 points scored per match
Defensive record: Kangaroos 18, Bushrangers 20 points conceded per match
Last meetings: 2023 Grand Final Kangaroos 34 defeated Bushrangers 6 at Seiffert Oval
2023 Major Semi Final Bushrangers 18 defeated Kangaroos 13 at Freebody Oval
2023 Round 15 Bushrangers 18 defeated Kangaroos 17 at Greenway Oval
2023 Round 8 Kangaroos 44 defeated Bushrangers 10 at Freebody Oval

Gungahlin Bulls v Goulburn Bulldogs

Both these teams look set for a long, long season in 2024. The Bulls have one win - against the Magpies (36-20) in Round 3 - while the Bulldogs are the only team that is still winless. The Bulls suffered a 40 point defeat against the Kangaroos at Freebody on Saturday.

Meanwhile, across town in Queanbeyan, the Bulldogs lost to the Blues, 38-14, at Seiffert. The Bulldogs were a little lucky to score a try just before half time, through winger Buster Strickland, after dummy half James Russell appeared to knock on at the base of a ruck. But the referee didn't see it that way - and it allowed the Bulldogs to go to the break, trailing 18-4. They drew closer just after half time, when second rower Jai Purser crashed over. 18-8. However, the Blues ran away with it from there, scoring the next four tries straight. The Queanbeyan outfit had a 30 point lead by the 70 minute mark. The Bulldogs got a consolation try towards the end, with five eighth Isaac Walker scoring off a scrum play in the red zone.

Team news: Bobby Roberts is back at halfback for the Bulls. Gungahlin will also start Earldric Pehara at centre, while Jade Schumacher comes in for Matthew Richards at hooker. James Russell will start in place of Cody McCallum as hooker for the Bulldogs, with McCallum named at No. 14. Isaac Lanham comes in at prop for Harrison Newby. Cooper Ferris replaces Matthew Sherer in the second row.

My tip: The numbers point to a win for the Bulls, but the Bulldogs did show some signs of improvement against the Blues. Goulburn might surprise. They will be desperate to break the five game losing streak.

2024 Season record: Bulls 1 and 4 (8th, -92)
Bulldogs 0 and 5 (9th, -118)
Form: Bulls LLWLL
Bulldogs LLLLL
Attacking record: Bulls 16, Bulldogs 18 points scored per match
Defensive record: Bulls 34, Bulldogs 42 points conceded per match
Last meetings: 2023 Round 15 Bulldogs 50 defeated Bulls 4 at Goulburn Arena
2023 Round 8 Bulldogs 52 defeated Bulls 10 at Gungahlin Enclosed Oval

Belconnen Sharks v Yass Magpies

The Belconnen Sharks suffered a 16-10 loss to the Woden Rams at a very wet Phillip Oval on Saturday. It was a scrappy affair, with plenty of errors and penalties. The Rams scored early, with winger Thomas Scrivener crossing in the corner in the 10th minute. And neither team could add to the scoreboard over the next 30 minutes. The home team had a 4-0 lead at the break. The Sharks finally hit back in the 47th minute, through winger Connor Massen. But the Rams soon took back control, with tries to second rower Ron Leapai and fullback Daine Spencer. The Spencer try gave Woden a 16-4 lead near the 70 minute mark. Massen scored his second try of the game in the shadows of full time, but by then, it was too late for the Sharks.

The Magpies performed well in their clash with the Warriors at West Belconnen - and their defence absorbed a lot of pressure. They were only two points behind with 15 minutes remaining, but the Warriors just had a bit too much polish in the end.



Team news: For the Sharks, James Dyball will replace Robert Aratangi at starting prop. Davey Williams will start in the second row in place of Tevita Aroha-Tuinauvai, who drops to the bench. Richard Maher will start on the wing for the Magpies, replacing Liam Grame. Charlie Woolford and Declan Ryan will again form the Yass halves combination. Desmond To'ofohe Moves back to lock.

My tip: All the numbers say Sharks, at home.

2024 Season record: Sharks 2 and 2 (5th, +56)
Magpies 1 and 3 (7th, -80)
Form: Sharks LWLWL
Magpies WWLLL
Attacking record: Sharks 31, Magpies 19 points scored per match
Defensive record: Sharks 17, Magpies 39 points conceded per match
Last meetings: 2023 Round 15 Sharks 28 defeated Magpies 16 at Walker Park
2023 Round 8 Sharks 42 defeated Magpies 14 at NSWRL HQ, Bruce

West Belconnen Warriors v Queanbeyan Blues

This clash definitely shapes as the match of the round. Both teams currently sit in the top four and both have emerged as early contenders.

West Belconnen is coming off a 24-10 win over the Yass Magpies. The Warriors were the first to score in the 8th minute, with Magpies back Lekani Mpaso unable to defuse a kick to the in goal - and player-coach Ryan McQueen pounced on the loose ball. The first half was a tight struggle, and the Magpies did more than their share of defending. In the 40th minute, Magpies five eighth Declan Ryan made a wonderful break down the middle - and that provided the platform for prop Shaun Davis to crash over besides the posts. Ryan is a Raiders junior recruit from Toowoomba. Charlie Woolford's conversion saw the teams go to the break at six all.

Six minutes into the second half, Warriors five eighth Caleb Edwards put up a big bomb and winger Liam Grame was unable to defuse it in the corner. West Belconnen centre George Pohahau took advantage. 12-6. In the 53rd minute, Desmond To'ofohe put in a kick ahead for himself to the in goal - and while Ryan McQueen was willing the ball to go dead of its own accord, it did not. It was a well deserved try for the New Zealand recruit, who'd been shifted from lock to hooker for this match. Somehow, the conversion from virtually in front, was missed.

The Warriors had a two point advantage - and they were clinging to it as the game approached the final 15 minutes. Enter Calab Edwards, who produced an impressive 40/20 kick. On the last tackle of the next set, a bullet pass from Warriors half Brodie Schumacher set up George Pohauau's second try. Brandon Withers' conversion gave the home team an eight point lead. The try of the match came along in the 73rd minute. Ryan McQueen joined in on the right edge, putting the boot to ball. Brandon Withers charged ahead, picking the ball up and passing it back to McQueen on the inside. It was brilliant play in the conditions and the try sealed the win for the Warriors.

The Blues put on an impressive 38 points in the wet at Seiffert against the Bulldogs on Saturday. Josh Billing continued his good form, with some power runs producing two first half tries. Josh Pokoney was shifted to fullback, and made a great break to set up the second Billings try. The Blues led 18-4 at half time and went on with it in the second half. Queanbeyan half Dylan McLachlan again controlled proceedings, his kicking setting up a couple of tries. He also scored one himself. Connor Williams was moved from fullback to five eighth and he got a second half try - while prop John Papalii crashed over for two four pointers. There is no doubt, they're looking like a different outfit in 2024.



Team news: Charlie Henderson returns at halfback for the Warriors, with Brodie Schumacher dropping out. Harry Brown will start at hooker, with Jye Rushton moving to the bench. Thomas Bethke also goes to the bench, while Raiders junior recruit for 2024 Taylor Withington will start at lock. The Blues have left their backline unchanged. Samuel Griffin moves to the second row.

My tip: The numbers and form line is just a bit better for the Blues. Queanbeyan to win on the road.

2024 Season record: Warriors 3 and 1 (4th, +14)
Blues 3 and 1, 1 draw (2nd, +76)
Form: Warriors LWWLW
Blues DWWLW
Attacking record: Warriors 24, Blues 38 points scored per match
Defensive record: Warriors 18, Blues 22 points conceded per match
Last meetings: 2023 Round 15 Warriors 24 defeated Blues 18 at Seiffert Oval
2023 Round 8 Blues 20 defeated Warriors 18 at Raiders Belconnen

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Round 7

Saturday 18 May
Tuggeranong Bushrangers v Queanbeyan Kangaroos, Greenway Oval, 3:00pm *
Gungahlin Bulls v Goulburn Bulldogs, Gungahlin Enclosed, 3:00pm
Belconnen Sharks v Yass Magpies, NSWRL HQ Bruce, 3:00pm
Sunday 19 May
West Belconnen Warriors v Queanbeyan Blues, Raiders Belconnen, 3:00pm
BYE Woden Rams

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McIntyre Medal - Round 6 leaderboard

8 points - Dylan McLachlan (Queanbeyan Blues)
7 points - Daine Spencer (Woden Rams)
7 points - Kaine Pagura (Queanbeyan Kangaroos)
6 points - Sam Williams (Queanbeyan Kangaroos)

McIntyre Medal - Round 6 votes

Woden Rams v Belconnen Sharks
3 - Bradley Martin (Woden Rams)
2 - Jesse Bellchambers (Belconnen Sharks)
1 - Daine Spencer (Woden Rams)

West Belconnen Warriors v Yass Magpies
3 points - Naseri Naseri (West Belconnen Warriors)
2 points - Calab Edwards (West Belconnen Warriors)
1 point - Bayley Maher (Yass Magpies)

Queanbeyan Kangaroos v Gungahlin Bulls

3 - Sam Williams (Queanbeyan Kangaroos)
2 - Kaine Pagura (Queanbeyan Kangaroos)
1 - Bayley Hitchcock (Queanbeyan Kangaroos)

Queanbeyan Blues v Goulburn Bulldogs
3 - John Papalii (Queanbeyan Blues)
2 - Dylan McLachlan (Queanbeyan Blues)
1 - Jono Cotterill (Goulburn Bulldogs)

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'No one rates us': Bushrangers steal grand-final rematch with last-gasp try

"No one rates us." The Tuggeranong Bushrangers were written off before the season even began. But someone forgot to tell their centre Temple Rupapera as he charged towards the tryline at Greenway Oval with just seconds remaining on the clock. They especially forgot to tell Jayden Pollard as the winger dove for the corner to put the Bushies in front after Rupapera flicked him the ball.

Pollard's second try of the game gave Tuggeranong a 16-14 win in the Canberra Raiders Cup grand final rematch against the Queanbeyan Kangaroos on Saturday.

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2024 Canberra Raiders Cup: Round 8 Preview

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The Woden Rams sit on top of the competition ladder as the Canberra Raiders Cup heads towards the half way point of the season. The two Queanbeyan teams, the Blues and Kangaroos, are just one competition point adrift of the Rams. Three teams, the Sharks, Warriors and Bushrangers are one point behind, level on six competition points, and are jostling for a top four place. The match of the round this weekend sees two of those teams, the Sharks and Bushrangers, clash at Greenway.

Tuggeranong Bushrangers v Belconnen Sharks

The Bushrangers came to play in the re-match of the 2023 Grand Final last Saturday. They had been comprehensively beaten by the Kangaroos in last year's title decider. Their prospects in 2024 have been written off by most. Some of their best departed at the end of last year, others are sidelined due to injury. But the Bushrangers clearly wanted a little piece of revenge when they lined up against the Roos at Greenway last weekend.

The Tuggeranong defence was ferocious from the start. The Bushrangers were right in the faces of their Queanbeyan counterparts, forcing errors and putting the Roos off their game. Ultimately, it was a game plan that worked - with the Bushrangers scoring two late tries to secure a thrilling, 16-14, win.

The Roos were first to score in the 15th minute, after Lachie Ingram put in a grubber kick down the right edge. Winger Thomas Williams chased and planted the ball over the line out wide. The Bushrangers struck back straight away, with an error from the Kangaroos giving the home team a red zone opportunity. A shift to the left edge saw winger Jayden Pollard dive over in the corner. The Liam Oakley conversion gave the home team a 6-4 lead.

Four minutes into the second half, Kangaroos captain-coach Sam Williams chipped to the corner and centre Jake Kiely plucked the ball out of the air and crashed over. 8-6. Near the 60 minute mark, Sam Williams threw a long rainbow pass to winger Matt Wheatley - and he took advantage of a narrow corridor to the try line. Williams converted for the first time in the match, and the Roos had an eight point lead.

In the 72nd minute, Bushrangers hooker Liam Oakley put in a short grubber from dummy half, from just a metre out - and second rower Tom Lunney chased and scored. Oakley's conversion cut the visitors' lead to just two points. With two minutes left a penalty for a high tackle on Trae Bennetto saw the Bushrangers attack from 30 metres out. A red zone shift to the left saw Temple Rupapera nearly wrapped up - but he somehow got the offload away to Jayden Pollard who scored a remarkable match winner in the corner. The emotional try celebrations showed how much the win meant to Tuggeranong.



The Sharks had a hard earned win against the Yass Magpies at Bruce on Saturday - running away with it in the end, 32-22. The Belconnen outfit took a 20-12 lead to the break, but the Magpies fought back. Two tries early in the first half saw Yass push ahead by two. But the Sharks scored the two final tries of the match - including one at the death to halfback Matt Woolnough. Raiders junior outside back Lekani Mpaso got a double for the Magpies.

Team news: Trae Bennetto has been shifted to fullback for the Bushrangers this week, replacing Jack Davison, with Rhys Djerke taking over the No. 7 jersey. For the Sharks, Yuri Hromow moves to fullback, with Deakin Bright switched from centre to wing. Robert Aratangi comes in at starting prop.

My tip: The numbers point to a Sharks win, but the Bushrangers were impressive against the Kangaroos last weekend. I'll go with Tuggeranong at home in this one.

2024 Season record: Bushrangers 3 and 2 (6th, +4)
Sharks 3 and 2 (4th, +66)
Form: Bushrangers LLWWW
Sharks WLWLW
Attacking record: Bushrangers 19, Sharks 31 points scored per match
Defensive record: Bushrangers 18, Sharks 18 points conceded per match
Last meetings: 2023 Round 13 Bushrangers 30 defeated Sharks 14 at Greenway Oval
2023 Round 4 Bushrangers 28 defeated Sharks 22 at NSWRL HQ, Bruce

Woden Rams v Gungahlin Bulls

The Rams had a bye last week, so they will be fresh for this game. They have lost just once this season - to the Kangaroos (26-18). And they've come up with some wins against top company. They are coming off victories over the Sharks (16-10) and the Blues (24-16).

In contrast, the Bulls have been doing it tough. They produced a 36-20 victory over the Magpies in Round 3. But they head into this clash on a four game losing streak. In their last outing, they suffered a 28-26 loss to the previously winless Bulldogs. Goulburn scored four tries in the opening 20 minutes, taking a 24-0 lead. At the 50 minute mark, the Bulldogs went to a 28-6 lead. The Bulls then staged a remarkable comeback, scoring four tries in the last 20 minutes. Sadly for Gungahlin, Bobby Roberts was unable to force a draw, missing a conversion attempt after the 80 minutes had expired. Both teams scored five tries, with Earldric Pehara and Ethan Miller both getting doubles for the Bulls.

Team news: Halfback Brendan Jimenez is out, a big loss for the Rams. He’s replaced by Jess Eljuga. Lachie Eveston comes in at centre, with Koko Salim moving to the wing. Bobby Roberts is out for the Bulls. Ryan Grocott moves to halfback, with winger Ethan Miller taking over at fullback. Jeffery Pehara will start at centre and Jesse Croker on the wing. Ropeti Mauava and Simi Latu are the new starting props, with Joshua Morschel added to the second row.

My tip: The loss of Jimenez is a blow, but it is hard to go past the Rams.

2024 Season record: Rams 4 and 1 (1st, +70)
Bulls 1 and 5 (8th, -94)
Form: Rams WWLWW
Bulls WLLLL
Attacking record: Rams 29, Bulls 17 points scored per match
Defensive record: Rams 15, Bulls 33 points conceded per match
Last meetings: 2023 Round 13 Rams 50 defeated Bulls 28 at Phillip Oval
2023 Round 4 Rams 12 defeated Bulls 10 at Gungahlin Enclosed Oval

Queanbeyan Kangaroos v Yass Magpies

The Kangaroos have experienced defeat for the first time in 2024, going down by two points to the Bushrangers on Saturday in the 2023 Grand Final re-match. The Kangaroos looked the better team for a good part of the game. Fullback Kaine Pagura was particularly damaging, making some long breaks. But the Bushies had a strong wind behind them in the second half, and they surged to victory in the final stages. The Magpies really pushed the Sharks in their last outing, twice taking the lead. But again, it was not to be for Yass. They're on a four game losing streak.

Team news: Raiders junior Jaxen Yow will start at five eighth for the Kangaroos. Bayley Hitchcock moves from lock to prop with Troy Whiley going back to the bench. Ryan Dodson switches to lock. Lekani Mpaso will start at fullback for the Magpies, while Marty Smith takes over from Declan Ryan at five eighth.

My tip: I expect the Roos to bounce back strongly this week on home turf. Based on the numbers, the Kangaroos should win well.

2024 Season record: Kangaroos 3 and 1, 1 draw (3rd, +60)
Magpies 1 and 4 (7th, -90)
Form: Kangaroos DWWWL
Magpies WLLLL
Attacking record: Kangaroos 30, Magpies 20 points scored per match
Defensive record: Kangaroos 18, Magpies 38 points conceded per match
Last meetings: 2023 Round 13 Kangaroos 64 defeated Magpies 10 at Walker Park
2023 Round 4 Kangaroos 24 defeated Magpies 16 at Freebody Oval

Goulburn Bulldogs v West Belconnen Warriors

The West Belconnen Warriors led 22-6 after 50 minutes of Sunday's clash with the Queanbeyan Blues at Kippax. The Blues then proceeded to score the next five tries straight, winning 34-22. It was a stunning turnaround. A Josh Pokoney try started the onslaught in the 54th minute, taking a great offload from prop John Papalii. Prop Allan Wrattan quickly followed with a try under the posts. Hooker Jack Anderson got a double. In the 65th minute, he intercepted a pass from Warriors back George Pohahau and was away. He scored again three minutes later, scooting out of dummy half and running 20 metres to the try line. A Josh Billing try sealed the deal. John Papalii ran riot over the final stages.

It's a match the Warriors will want to forget. But they did do some good things in the first 50 minutes. Winger Kylan Edwards bagged a double, while Taylor Withington and Ryan McQueen also got four pointers. Coach McQueen will want his team to focus in on the good things in preparing for the trip to Goulburn this week. And on tightening the defence.

Team news: The Bulldogs are largely unchanged. William Russell comes in on the wing for Buster Strickland. Warriors hooker Harry Brown is out, replaced by Jye Rushton. Brodie Schumacher comes in on the bench for Rushton. Naseri Naseri will start in the second row, with Benjamin Flood dropping back to the bench.

My tip: While the Bulldogs broke through for a victory last weekend, they can expect the Warriors to be a much tougher opponent. I'll tip the Warriors in this match.

2024 Season record: Bulldogs 1 and 5 (9th, -116)
Warriors 3 and 2 (5th, +24)
Form: Bulldogs LLLLW
Warriors WWLWL
Attacking record: Bulldogs 20, Warriors 24 points scored per match
Defensive record: Bulldogs 39, Warriors 18 points conceded per match
Last meetings: 2023 Round 13 Warriors 24 defeated Bulldogs 18 at Goulburn Arena
2023 Round 4 Bulldogs 30 defeated Warriors 18 at Raiders Belconnen

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Round 8

Saturday 25 May
Tuggeranong Bushrangers v Belconnen Sharks, Greenway Oval, 3:00pm *
Woden Rams v Gungahlin Bulls, Phillip Oval, 3:00pm
Queanbeyan Kangaroos v Yass Magpies, Freebody Oval, 3:00pm
Goulburn Bulldogs v West Belconnen Warriors, Goulburn Arena, 3:00pm
BYE Queanbeyan Blues

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McIntyre Medal leaderboard

10 - Dylan McLachlan (Queanbeyan Blues)
8 - Sam Williams (Queanbeyan Kangaroos)
7 - Daine Spencer (Woden Rams)
7 - Kaine Pagura (Queanbeyan Kangaroos)

McIntyre Medal Round 7 votes

Tuggeranong Bushrangers v Queanbeyan Kangaroos
3 - Trae Bennetto (Tuggeranong Bushrangers)
2 - Sam Williams (Queanbeyan Kangaroos)
1 - Liam Oakley (Tuggeranong Bushrangers)

Gungahlin Bulls v Goulburn Bulldogs
3 - Jono Cotterill (Goulburn Bulldogs)
2 - Tre Holten-Williams (Gungahlin Bulls)
1 - Jai Purser (Goulburn Bulldogs)

Belconnen Sharks v Yass Magpies
3 - Sonny Tupuola (Belconnen Sharks)
2 - Bayley Maher (Yass Magpies)
1 - David Williams (Belconnen Sharlks)

West Belconnen Warriors v Queanbeyan Blues
3 - John Papalii (Queanbeyan Blues)
2 - Dylan McLachlan (Queanbeyan Blues)
1 - Ryan McQueen (West Belconnen Warriors)

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Sharks hold out Bushrangers comeback

The Belconnen United Sharks take the two points after holding out an inspired second half comeback from the Tuggeranong Bushrangers at Greenway Oval. The Sharks were dominant for the majority of the match, finding themselves up 16 points after 50 minutes, before the Bushrangers found their feet in the contest and forced an exciting finish.

Belconnen dominated field position early, with their forwards rolling up the field and getting to the end of their sets for halves Matt Woolnough and Zac Patch to kick into the corners before jamming Tuggeranong in their end.

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2024 Canberra Raiders Cup: Round 9 Preview

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Round 9 of the Canberra Raiders Cup is headlined by a battle for a top four spot between the Belconnen Sharks and West Belconnen Warriors at Bruce. Meanwhile, the Tuggeranong Bushrangers will be aiming to stay in touch with the front runners by toppling the Blues at Queanbeyan’s Seiffert Oval.

Belconnen Sharks v West Belconnen Warriors

A Belconnen derby. Fourth versus fifth. Both teams are level on competition points, with the Sharks ahead on points differential. Both teams are coming off wins in Round 8. Enough reason to make sure you get to Bruce to watch this clash.

The Sharks produced a 22-18 win over the Tuggeranong Bushrangers on Saturday at Greenway - holding on despite a second half challenge from the home team.

The Sharks were first to score in the 7th minute, with a Matt Woolnough crash ball putting second rower Sonny Tupuola over the line. Woolnough was in the thick of it again in the 15th minute, sending a long cut out pass to winger Connor Massen. Massen was just able to ground the ball inside the corner post. Five minutes later, Woolnough shifted the ball to the left to fullback Yuri Hromow, who quickly offloaded to Tevita Aroha- Tuinauvai. There was no stopping the big centre, his try in the corner giving the visitors a 16 point lead.

The Bushrangers struck back just before the break, with fullback Trae Bennetto putting up a bomb, regathering it himself and scoring under the posts. That saw the Sharks lead, 16-6, at half time.

Eight minutes into the second half, Sonny Tupuola grabbed a second try, barging over from close range, restoring the Sharks’ 16 point advantage.

In the 54th minute, Tuggeranong’s Julian Haywood-Whiley snuck down the narrowest of blind sides to score in the corner. The Sharks, defending on their own goal line, had left him completely unmarked. Near the 65 minute mark, Tuggeranong five eighth Wez Alexander-McCarthy put in a chip kick - and spectacularly regathered and offloaded to Haywood-Whiley. Two in a row for JHW.

The Bushrangers trailed by four, but the Sharks defence held firm in the final 15 minutes. They held the Bushrangers up over the line at one stage, while Sharks prop Albert Watego expertly defused a kick on his own goal line with two minutes left.

The Warriors were pushed by the Bulldogs on their visit to Goulburn last weekend. Warriors winger Kylan Edwards scored in the corner in just the fourth minute, with a great cut to pass from Charlie Henderson setting it up. Three minutes later, Ryan McQueen kicked to the opposite corner, and the Bulldogs fumbled. Raiders junior Kane Rushton pounced on the loose ball in the in goal. 8-0 for the Warriors.

The Bulldogs got themselves on the board in the 17th minute, with centre Brad Arnall on the end of a sweep to the right on the last tackle.

The Warriors took a 16-4 lead to the break, after scoring two tries just before half time. First, a big break from lock Taylor Withington down the middle set up a try for centre Brandon Withers. Withington was stopped short of the line, but Ryan McQueen got the try assist on the subsequent play. Minutes later a McQueen attacking kick set up another four pointer, this time for left centre George Pohahau.

Seven minutes into the second half, a Charlie Henderson pass was intercepted in the red zone by Bulldogs winger William Russell and he ran 90 metres untouched to score. That brought the Bulldogs within six points. Near the 60 minute mark the Warriors again skipped ahead, with a wonderful run down the sideline from Kane Rushton producing his second try of the game.

The Bulldogs were not done. Inside the final 10 minutes, the Warriors defence fell for a dummy from halfback Nicholas Cornish and he scored out wide. The Isaac Walker conversion saw the Bulldogs draw within four points. But Goulburn could not breach the gap in the final stages. They were held up over the line by the Warriors in the last minute. Final score 20-16.



Team news: Neither team has announced major changes.

My tip: This should be a good contest and either side could easily come out on top. Remember last year when the Warriors won against the Sharks in the final round of the regular season - and then lost to the Sharks seven days later in Week 1 of the finals? I’ll go with the Sharks, based on the numbers.

2024 Season record: Sharks 4 and 2 (4th, +70)
Warriors 4 and 2 (5th, +16)
Form: Sharks LWLWW
Warriors WLWLW
Attacking record: Sharks 30, Warriors 23 points scored per match
Defensive record: Sharks 18, Warriors 20 points conceded per match
Last meetings: 2023 Minor Semi Final Sharks 30 defeated Warriors 28 at Raiders Belconnen
2023 Round 18 Warriors 26 defeated Sharks 18 at Raiders Belconnen
2023 Round 9 Sharks 26 defeated Warriors 10 at NSWRL HQ, Bruce

Queanbeyan Blues v Tuggeranong Bushrangers

The Queanbeyan Blues had the bye in Round 8 and should be fresh. They are sitting on back to back wins over the Warriors (34-22) and Bulldogs (38-14). Their only loss in their past five games has come against the Rams (24-16). The Bushrangers are coming off a four point loss to the Sharks. That defeat broke their three game winning streak against the Bulldogs (34-24), Bulls (30-10) and Kangaroos (16-14).

The arrival of half back Dylan McLachlan has really been a game changer for the Queanbeyan Blues. He shares the lead in the McIntyre Medal count, along with with Kangaroos captain coach Sam Williams. One concerning thing for Bushrangers coach Jason Kelly will be that his team has conceded as many points as they’ve scored in season 2024. Meanwhile the Blues have the best attacking record in the competition.

Team news: For the Blues, Connor Martin replaces Bryce Lee on the wing. Temple Rupapera takes over at fullback for the Bushrangers, while Jayden Pollard and Julian Haywood-Whiley will form a new centre partnership. Liam Oakley moves to halfback, with Rhys Djerke dropping to the bench. Veteran Michael Brophy will start at five eighth. Josh Eppelstun will replace Oakley at hooker. Nicholas Navarro will start at prop, with Daniel Hickson dropping to the bench.

My tip: Blues at home.

2024 Season record: Blues 4 and 1, 1 draw (3rd, +88)
Bushrangers 3 and 3 (6th, 0)
Form: Blues WWLWW
Bushrangers LWWWL
Attacking record: Blues 37, Bushrangers 19 points scored per match
Defensive record: Blues 22, Bushrangers 19 points conceded per match
Last meetings: 2023 Round 10 Blues 32 drew Bushrangers 32 at Seiffert Oval
2023 Round 1 Bushrangers 38 defeated Blues 12 at Greenway Oval

Yass Magpies v Woden Rams

Life must be tough for Yass Magpies coach Adam Kyle right at the moment. The Magpies suffered a 58–0 loss to the Queanbeyan Kangaroos last Saturday at Freebody Oval. The Magpies are now on a five game losing streak, after having won their Round 2 clash with Bulldogs (32-28). They have the worst defensive record in the competition on a per game basis. In contrast, the Rams sit on top of the competition ladder, having lost only once this season. They’re the best defensive team in the league - and their attack is not bad either. The Rams are coming off a five try, 28-0 victory over the Gungahlin Bulls. Second rower Ron Leapai scored a double, while winger KoKo Salim impressed with an 80 metre try.



Team news: Brendan Jimenez returns for the Rams, taking over from Sean Maloney at five eighth. Jimenez will partner Jess Eljuga in the halves, with the captain, Maloney moving to lock. Steven Ferry drops to the bench. Adam Lucas will start at hooker. The Magpies are mostly unchanged.

My tip: Rams.

2024 Season record: Magpies 1 and 5 (7th, -90)
Rams 5 and 1 (1st, +98)
Form: Magpies LLLLL
Rams WLWWW
Attacking record: Magpies 16, Rams 29 points scored per match
Defensive record: Magpies 41, Rams 13 points conceded per match
Last meetings: 2023 Round 10 Rams 46 defeated Magpies 6 at Phillip Oval
2023 Round 1 Rams 38 defeated Magpies 36 at Walker Park

Goulburn Bulldogs v Queanbeyan Kangaroos

The Goulburn Bulldogs have only one win to their name this season. And while they pressed the Warriors last weekend, they couldn’t come up with the winning play in the final stages. The Kangaroos easily disposed of the Yass Magpies on Saturday (58-0), scoring 10 tries. Fullback Kaine Pagura and five eighth Jaxen Yow both bagged doubles. It was be a huge upset if the Bulldogs could win this one.

Team news: Dillon Rota returns for the Bulldogs at centre, with Buster Strickland coming back onto the wing. Bradley Arnall shifts from centre into the second row. His second row partner will be Blake Jeffery. Jamie Cowling will start at halfback. Nicholas Cornish switches to five eighth, Isaac Walker moves to fullback. Raiders junior Jaxen Yow has again been selected at five eighth for the Kangaroos. Troy Whiley will start at prop, with Bayley Hitchcock moving into the second row.

My tip: Kangaroos.

2024 Season record: Bulldogs 1 and 6 (8th, -120)
Kangaroos 4 and 1, 1 draw (2nd, +118)
Form: Bulldogs LLLWL
Kangaroos WWWLW
Attacking record: Bulldogs 19, Kangaroos 34 points scored per match
Defensive record: Bulldogs 37, Kangaroos 15 points conceded per match
Last meetings: 2023 Round 10 Kangaroos 32 defeated Bulldogs 10 at Freebody Oval
2023 Round 1 Kangaroos 36 defeated Bulldogs 20 at Goulburn Arena

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Round 9

Saturday 1 June
Belconnen Sharks v West Belconnen Warriors, NSWRL HQ Bruce, 3:00pm *
Queanbeyan Blues v Tuggeranong Bushrangers, Seiffert Oval, 3:00pm
Yass Magpies v Woden Rams, Walker Park, 3:00pm
Goulburn Bulldogs v Queanbeyan Kangaroos, Goulburn Arena, 3:00pm
BYE Gungahlin Bulls

* Free live stream game.

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McIntyre Medal leaderboard

10 - Dylan McLachlan (Blues)
10 - Sam Williams (Kangaroos)
8 - Liam Oakley (Bushrangers)
7 - Daine Spencer (Rams)

McIntyre Medal Round 8 votes

Tuggeranong Bushrangers vs Belconnen Sharks
3 - Owen Hromow (Sharks)
2 - Liam Oakley (Bushrangers)
1 - Sonny Tupuola (Sharks)

Woden Rams vs Gungahlin Bulls
3 - Adam Lucas (Rams)
2 - Ron Leapai (Rams)
1 - Ryan Grocott (Bulls)

Queanbeyan Kangaroos v Yass Magpies
3 - Lachlan Ingram (Kangaroos)
2 - Sam Williams (Kangaroos)
1 - Michael Dodson (Kangaroos)

Goulburn Bulldogs vs West Belconnen Warriors
3 - Taylor Withington (Warriors)
2 - Ryan McQueen (Bulldogs)
1 - Nick Cornish (Bulldogs)

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Round 10 of the Canberra Raiders Cup is headlined by the top four clash between the Queanbeyan Kangaroos and Belconnen Sharks at Freebody Oval. Meanwhile, at Kippax, the West Belconnen Warriors take on the first placed Woden Rams, hoping to stay in touch with the leading teams. With only four competition points separating first from fifth, the results will be important.

Tuggeranong Bushrangers v Yass Magpies

Both the Bushrangers and Magpies are coming off losses in their last start.

The Bushrangers were right in their Round 9 clash with the Blues at Queanbeyan near the 60 minute mark - with the scores tied at 18 all. It had been a been a good effort from a disrupted Tuggeranong side. Hooker Liam Oakley had switched to halfback for the match, while veteran Michael Brophy had come in at five eighth. But the Blues scored four tries in the final 20 minutes to take out the contest, 38-18.

The Magpies seriously challenged the ladder leading Rams at Walker Park in Round 9. Yass went to an early lead after winger Noah Collins scored a try in the fifth minute. Two tries to Rams five eighth Brendan Jimenez gave the visitors a 10-6 lead at the break. Only two minutes into the second half, the Magpies struck back, with prop Ranapiri Baker crashing over the line. That saw the home team edge ahead by two points. But the Rams took back the lead with a try to Ron Leapai in the 50th minute - and they sealed the match with a try to Jesse Martin right on full time. Final score, Rams 22 - Magpies 12.

Sadly for the Magpies, the defeat extended their losing streak to six matches. The Bushrangers are on back to back losses, but all the numbers indicate they should be too strong for the Magpies on Saturday.

Team news: Jayden Pollard moves back to the wing for the Bushrangers, with Jack Davison to start at fullback. Liam Oakley also returns to his regular position at hooker, with Trae Bennetto to start at halfback. Bayley Maher takes over at fullback for the Magpies, with Lekani Mpaso switching to the centres. Patty McPhillips comes in on the wing. Charlie Woolford will switch to hooker, with Brandon Thompson to start at halfback. Ranapiri Baker will start at prop, while Samuel Pyne-Edwards and Ben Davis will be second row partners.

My tip: Bushrangers.

2024 Season record: Bushrangers 3 and 4 (7th, -20)
Magpies 1 and 6 (9th, -158)
Form: Bushrangers WWWLL
Magpies LLLLL
Attacking record: Bushrangers 19, Magpies 16 points scored per match
Defensive record: Bushrangers 22, Magpies 38 points conceded per match
Last meetings: 2023 Round 17 Bushrangers 66 defeated Magpies 0 at Greenway Oval
2023 Round 6 Bushrangers 22 defeated Magpies 16 at Walker Park

Gungahlin Bulls v Queanbeyan Blues

The Queanbeyan Blues have moved into second place on the ladder after beating the Tuggeranong Bushrangers, 38-18, at Seiffert Oval in Round 9. It took until the 27th minute for the first points to be scored - with a Connor Williams kick setting up a try for centre Josh Billing. Five minutes later, Tuggeranong couldn't defuse a Dylan McLachlan kick to their goal line and Blues benchie Bradley Terry took advantage. With four minutes to the break, Liam Oakley got the Bushrangers on the board, grubbering into the in goal for himself. The Bushrangers levelled the match three minutes into the second half. A huge cross field bomb from Michael Brophy saw winger Lachlan Cunanan leap for the ball and ground it out wide. 12-12.

Tit for tat tries from scrum plays for Blues winger Connor Martin and Bushrangers five eighth Brophy saw the scores tied at 18-18 at the 50 minute mark. But the Blues ran away with the game in the final 20 minutes. First, a scoot from Jack Anderson produced a try out of dummy half. Next, a huge break from Dylan McLachlan set up a try out wide for fullback Josh Pokoney. With just over five minutes remaining, Queanbeyan second rower Victor Tereszko scored, after getting a perfect bounce from a Connor Williams kick. The Blues wrapped it up with a try to Williams just before full time. He followed the kick from McLachlan, and kicked ahead again himself before falling on the ball in the in goal.

The Bulls are coming off the bye - but are on a five game losing streak. They last won in Round 3 against the Magpies (36-20). They came close against the Bulldogs in Round 7, losing by just two points (28-26). But they failed to score in their last outing, falling to the Rams, 28-0 at Phillip.

The Blues are the No. 1 attacking team in the competition so far - and their defence has not been too bad either. They rank fourth in that department. Even though this match is being played on Gungahlin's home turf, I expect the Blues will be far too strong.

Team news: Bobby Roberts returns to the Bulls line up at halfback, replacing Ryan Grocott. Jayden Ford has been named at prop - despite his inclusion in the Canberra Jersey Flegg team. Mo Tiotala comes into the second row. Tyrel Kimori-Edmond comes in on the wing for the Blues, replacing Connor Martin. Allan Wrattan comes into the second row and Daetyn Tanuvasa at lock. Blake Murray takes over at hooker, while Jack Anderson will start on the bench.

My tip: Blues.

2024 Season record: Bulls 1 and 6 (8th, -122)
Blues 5 and 1, 1 draw (2nd, +108)
Form: Bulls LLLLL
Blues WWLWW
Attacking record: Bulls 15, Blues 37 points scored per match
Defensive record: Bulls 33, Blues 22 points conceded per match
Last meetings: 2023 Round 17 Blues 36 defeated Bulls 33 at Seiffert Oval
2023 Round 6 Bulls 46 defeated Blues 26 at Gungahlin Enclosed Oval

West Belconnen Warriors v Woden Rams

The Warriors remain in fifth place on the ladder after their Round 9 loss to the Sharks (34-12). But they are in danger of losing touch with the top four teams if they keep up their inconsistent run of form. Things won't get easier for them this week, when they take on the ladder leading Rams. Woden is on a four game winning streak - and are coming off a 22-12 victory over the Magpies at Walker Park. While the Rams rank fourth in attack, they are the No. 1 defensive team, conceding an average of just 13 points. Any NRL team would be happy to have that defensive record.



This should be a great contest. All the numbers point to a win for the Rams, but the Warriors will have the home ground advantage. I won't be shocked if a desperate Warriors outfit springs a surprise.

Team news: Player-coach Ryan McQueen is out of the Warriors line up. He’s replaced at fullback by Brandon Withers. Kylan Edwards moves to centre, and Willie Peace returns as his centre partner. Taylor Withington has been named at lock. Chevi Ellis replaces Jomal Nchouki at starting prop for the Rams. Sam Gash drops to the bench.

My tip: Rams.

2024 Season record: Warriors 4 and 3 (5th, -6)
Rams 6 and 1 (1st, +108)
Form: Warriors LWLWL
Rams LWWWW
Attacking record: Warriors 21, Rams 28 points scored per match
Defensive record: Warriors 22, Rams 13 points conceded per match
Last meetings: 2023 Round 17 Warriors 27 defeated Rams 24 at Phillip Oval
2023 Round 6 Warriors 22 defeated Rams 12 at Raiders Belconnen

Queanbeyan Kangaroos v Belconnen Sharks

This is a re-match of the 2023 Preliminary Final - a match won decisively, 40-10, by the Queanbeyan Kangaroos - on their way to a premiership.

The Bulldogs produced the upset of the season in Round 9, defeating the defending premiers, the Queanbeyan Kangaroos, 28-26 at Goulburn. The teams were level, 16-16 near the 60 minute mark. Tries to Kangaroos fullback Kaine Pagura and centre Jake Kiely gave the visitors a 10 point lead late in the game. But the Bulldogs produced a stunning finish, with Roos forward Josh Ayers in the sin bin. With four minutes remaining, a shift to the left saw Goulburn winger Jesse Lacey cross in the corner. The conversion cut the Queanbeyan lead to just four. And then with 90 seconds left, the Bulldogs spun the ball from one side of the field to the other, with centre Tom Harmer crashing over out wide. The Isaac Walker conversion from the sideline won it in dramatic fashion, right on full time.

The Belconnen Sharks were impressive in their 34-12 win over the Warriors in the Belconnen derby at Bruce in Round 9. Tries to lock Owen Hromow and second rower Sonny Tupuola gave the Sharks a 12-0 lead by the 20 minute mark - and that was the lead they took to the half time break. The Warriors finally got on the board in the 44th minute, with a Calab Edwards kick setting up a try to William Robb. But the Sharks then turned up the heat. A double to prop Robert Aratangi and a double to centre Tevita Aroha-Tuinauvai saw the home team take a 34-6 lead by the 70th minute. Calab Edwards got a consolation try for the Warriors two minutes from the end. Matt Woolnough and Zac Patch were strong for the Sharks, orchestrating the victory with their passing and kicking.

The Roos have dropped from second to fourth on the ladder after their defeat in Goulburn, while the Sharks have moved up one place into third. This is the clear match of the round. I'm going to tip the Kangaroos, mostly because they will be at home. The numbers and form lines indicate there is very little between the sides in 2024.

Team news: Bailey Nash comes in at centre for the Roos, while Jaxen Yow will again join Sam Williams in the halves. Aidan Woods will start at prop, replacing Matt Wheatley. The Sharks are largely unchanged.

My tip: Kangaroos.

2024 Season record: Kangaroos 4 and 2, 1 draw (4th, +116)
Sharks 5 and 2 (3rd, +92)
Form: Kangaroos WWLWL
Sharks WLWWW
Attacking record: Kangaroos 33, Sharks 30 points scored per match
Defensive record: Kangaroos 17, Sharks 17 points conceded per match
Last meetings: 2023 Preliminary Final Kangaroos 40 defeated Sharks 10 at Raiders Belconnen
2023 Round 17 Kangaroos 44 defeated Sharks 8 at Freebody Oval
2023 Round 6 Kangaroos 46 defeated Sharks 6 at NSWRL HQ, Bruce

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Round 10

Saturday 15 June
Tuggeranong Bushrangers v Yass Magpies, Greenway Oval, 3:00pm
Gungahlin Bulls v Queanbeyan Blues, Gungahlin Enclosed, 3:00pm
West Belconnen Warriors v Woden Rams, Raiders Belconnen, 3:00pm *
Queanbeyan Kangaroos v Belconnen Sharks, Freebody Oval, 3:00pm
BYE Goulburn Bulldogs

* Free live stream match

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McIntyre Medal leaderboard

13 - Sam Williams (Queanbeyan Kangaroos)
10 - Dylan McLachlan (Queanbeyan Blues)
9 - Liam Oakley (Tuggeranong Bushrangers)
8 - Daine Spencer (Woden Valley Rams)

McIntyre Medal Round 9 votes

Belconnen Sharks v West Belconnen Warriors
3 - Matt Woolnough (Sharks)
2 - Jesse Bellchambers (Sharks)
1 - Logan Reis (Sharks)

Queanbeyan Blues v Tuggeranong Bushrangers
3 - Jack Anderson (Blues)
2 - Josh Billing (Blues)
1 - Liam Oakley (Bushrangers)

Yass Magpies v Woden Rams
3 - Sean Maloney (Rams)
2 - Charlie Woolford (Magpies)
1 - Daine Spencer (Rams)

Goulburn Bulldogs v Queanbeyan Kangaroos
3 - Sam Williams (Kangaroos)
2 - Jamie Cowling (Bulldogs)
1 - Tyson Greenwood (Bulldogs)

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Derby round… and Round 11 is headlined by a blockbuster! The Queanbeyan derby. Second versus third. Kangaroos v Blues at Freebody. It is the free live stream match this week.

Belconnen Sharks v Gungahlin Bulls

The Sharks are coming off a hard-fought, 19-12, loss to the Queanbeyan Kangaroos at Freebody in Round 10. They scored two quick tries, through winger Deakin Bright and lock Owen Hromow just before half time - and took a 12-6 lead to the break. But the Roos hit back in the second forty. Queanbeyan bench player Adam Barlow plunged over the line in the 45th minute - the conversion from Hayden Bradley levelling the game. It took until the 70th minute before deadlock could be broken, with a Sam Williams bomb setting up a try for Kangaroos five eighth Jaxen Yow. A Sam Williams field goal with a minute left on the clock put the cherry on top.

The Bulls are on a six game losing streak. They were well out-gunned by the Queanbeyan Blues on Saturday at Gungahlin. The Blues took a 22-6 lead to the break, with a try to Bulls centre Zachary Dickason in the 35th minute keeping the home team in the contest, just. But the game was definitely all over at the 60 minute mark, with the Blues having scored three more tries. 38-6. The Bulls scored a couple of late tries through centre Jeffery Pehara and second rower Mo Tiotala. But it was too little, too late. Final score 46-16.

Team news: Tristan Eldridge returns for the Sharks at fullback, while George Wood replaces Connor Massen on the wing. Zac Patch moves to hooker and Sam Chapman takes over the No. 7 jersey. Jesse Bellchambers drops to the bench. Earldric Pehara moves to fullback for the Bulls, replacing Ethan Miller. Todd Sherd comes in on the wing, and Keegan Kenny at centre. Bobby Roberts is out, with Blake Morschel to start at halfback. Jordan Eti will start at prop, while Joshua Morschel comes into the second row.

My tip: I expect the Sharks will be far too strong in this one.

2024 Season record: Sharks 5 and 3 (4th, +85)
Bulls 1 and 7 (8th, -154)
Form: Sharks LWWWL
Bulls LLLLL
Attacking record: Sharks 28, Bulls 15 points scored per match
Defensive record: Sharks 17, Bulls 34 points conceded per match
Last meetings: 2024 Round 2 Sharks 38 defeated Bulls 10 at Jamison Enclosed Oval
2023 Round 10 Sharks 34 defeated 32 Bulls at NSWRL HQ, Bruce
2023 Round 1 Sharks 34 defeated Bulls 16 at Gungahlin Enclosed Oval

Woden Rams v Tuggeranong Bushrangers

The Rams are now on a five game winning streak - and sit in first place on the ladder. They rank third in attack, but no team has been better in defence. So far this year, they have conceded an average of just 12 points per match.

The Rams produced a very convincing, 32-6, victory over the West Belconnen Warriors at Kippax in Round 10. They were the first to score in the 12th minute, when five eighth Brendan Jimenez stepped his way to the line. Winger Koko Salim followed up with a double. His second - scored right on half time - was spectacular. Woden half Jesse Eljuga put up a bomb into the red zone, and Salim appeared out of nowhere to snatch the ball out of the air. That made it 14-0 at the break.





A try to Raiders junior Siamani Leuluai and a second try to Jimenez saw the Rams extend their lead to 24 points, inside the first five minutes of the second half. Warriors winger Kane Rushton was in the sin bin for dissent, while the Rams were scoring freely, either side of the break. Rushton partly made up for that by scoring a four pointer in the 70th minute, but it was small consolation by then. Centre Gideon Afemui rounded off the match for the Rams with a converted try and a penalty goal.

The Bushrangers were tested by the Yass Magpies in Round 10, before eventually running out 22-18 winners. Tuggeranong led 12-6 at the break. But the Magpies scored two tries in the space of three minutes, right after the Bushrangers had a player sent to the bin for a "professional foul". Yass prop Ranapiri Baker crashed over first. Centre Cooper O'Connor quickly followed up - giving the visitors a 16-12 lead at the 55th minute. A Charlie Woolford penalty goal extended the Yass lead to six points, 10 minutes later.

Near the 70th minute, a charge down the middle from Tuggeranong bench forward Owen Lewis set the platform for a shift to the right, with centre Peter Soward crossing out wide. Well after the try, Woolford was sensationally sent from the field, presumably for dissent, leaving the Magpies with 12 men. The Tuggeranong conversion attempt failed - and the home team still trailed by two. It was not for long, with Bushies forward Nicholas Navarro crashing over under the posts. It was the match winner. And a narrow escape for Tuggeranong.

Team news: Sam Gash comes in on the wing for the Rams, in place of Siamani Leuluai. Scott Swanson will start in the second row and Steven Ferry at lock. Sean Maloney is out due to an ankle injury. The Bushrangers are largely unchanged.

My tip: Impossible to go past the Rams.

2024 Season record: Rams 7 and 1 (1st, +134)
Bushrangers 4 and 4 (5th, -16)
Form: Rams WWWWW
Bushrangers WWLLW
Attacking record: Rams 29, Bushrangers 19 points scored per match
Defensive record: Rams 12, Bushrangers 21 points conceded per match
Last meetings: 2024 Round 2 Rams 30 defeated Bushrangers 6 at Greenway Oval
2023 Round 18 Bushrangers 40 defeated Rams 38 at Phillip Oval
2023 Round 9 Rams 24 defeated Bushrangers 22 at Greenway Oval

Queanbeyan Kangaroos v Queanbeyan Blues

The Queanbeyan derby has lost some lustre in recent years. But, under new coach Jeremy Braun, and with new recruit Dylan McLachlan at halfback, the Blues are again a force to be reckoned with. The clash between these two teams in Round 2 ended in a 32 all draw - with the Blues launching a sensational comeback in the final 20 minutes of the match. The Blues are coming off a 30 point win over the Bulls (46-16). Raiders juniors, centre Josh Billing and fullback Josh Pokoney are in in fine form - with Billing getting a double last weekend. Connor Williams is also building a good partnership in the halves with McLachlan.



Meanwhile, the 2023 premiers, the Kangaroos, are showing some signs of vulnerability in 2024. They lost only twice in the whole of last season - but have already lost twice this year. First, they suffered a two point loss to the Bushrangers (16-14) in Round 7. They were then upset by the Bulldogs (28-26) in Round 9, with Goulburn scoring twice in the final stages, while Roos prop Josh Ayers was in the sin bin. The Roos had to battle to beat the Sharks (19-12) at home on Saturday.

Team news: Jaxen Yow will start at fullback for the Kangaroos, in place of Kaine Pagura who is injured for an extended period. Bayley Hitchcock replaces Troy Whiley at starting prop, with Josh Ayers coming into the second row. Whiley drops to the bench. Luke Tuialii has been named at centre for the Blues, replacing Josh Billing. Jack Anderson will start at hooker and Blake Murray at lock. Allan Wratten will start in the second row.

My tip: The Blues are running second, the Roos third, on the ladder. The Blues are ranked first in attack, the Roos second. The Roos have been a bit better than the Blues in defence. But in my view, the numbers and form lines point to a Blues win.

2024 Season record: Kangaroos 5 and 2, 1 draw (3rd, +119)
Blues 6 and 1, 1 draw (2nd, +144)
Form: Kangaroos WLWLW
Blues LWWWW
Attacking record: Kangaroos 31, Blues 38 points scored per match
Defensive record: Kangaroos 17, Blues 20 points conceded per match
Last meetings: 2024 Round 2 Blues 32 drew Kangaroos 32 at Seiffert Oval
2023 Round 18 Kangaroos 46 defeated Blues 12 at Freebody Oval
2023 Round 6 Round 9 Kangaroos 34 defeated Blues 14 at Seiffert Oval

Yass Magpies v Goulburn Bulldogs

The Magpies are on a seven game losing streak and running last. They really were a bit unlucky not to break that streak against Tuggeranong last weekend. They have pushed both the Rams and Bushrangers in the past couple of weeks - and coach Adam Kyle must be wondering what else they can do to get a win. The Bulldogs are coming off the bye, so they'll be fresh. But it has also been a very tough year for Goulburn coach Mitch Cornish and his team. They only have one more win than the Magpies.

Team news: Noah Collins comes in on the wing for the Magpies. The starting team is otherwise unchanged. For the Bulldogs, Isaac Lanham will start at prop, while Tyler Cornish returns to the team on the bench.

My tip: I'm going to tip the Magpies, based on signs of promise in the last couple of weeks, and on the basis they are at home. Walker Park on a cold winter afternoon is a tough road trip.

2024 Season record: Magpies 1 and 7 (9th, -162)
Bulldogs 2 and 6 (7th, -118)
Form: Magpies LLLLL
Bulldogs LLWLW
Attacking record: Magpies 16, Bulldogs 21 points scored per match
Defensive record: Magpies 36, Bulldogs 38 points conceded per match
Last meetings: 2024 Round 2 Magpies 32 defeated Bulldogs 28 at Goulburn Arena
2023 Round 18 Magpies 38 defeated Bulldogs 30 at Walker Park
2023 Round 9 Bulldogs 44 defeated Magpies 30 at Goulburn Arena

The Greenhouse will again be going around the grounds to cover the Canberra Raiders Cup matches whenever we can this season. Watch for our coverage on @TheGHRaiders on X.com, Instagram and Facebook, while we also provide live scores on X.com via @CanberraCup.

Round 11
Derby Round

Saturday 22 June
Belconnen Sharks v Gungahlin Bulls, NSWRL HQ Bruce, 3:00pm
Woden Rams v Tuggeranong Bushrangers, Phillip Oval, 3:00pm
Queanbeyan Kangaroos v Queanbeyan Blues, Freebody Oval, 3:00pm
Yass Magpies v Goulburn Bulldogs, Walker Park, 3:00pm
BYE West Belconnen Warriors

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Queanbeyan derby ends in another stalemate



History has repeated itself as an exciting Queanbeyan Derby resulted in a 24-all draw at Freebody Oval. The Queanbeyan Blues dug deep to bounce back in a huge second half which saw them close an 18-point deficit.

The Kangaroos dominated field position in the first 15 minutes of play, having multiple shots at the line but the Blue’s to showcased strong goal line defence.

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2024 Canberra Raiders Cup: Round 12 Preview

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Round 12 of the Canberra Raiders Cup is headlined by the top four clash between the Queanbeyan Blues and Belconnen Sharks. Second versus fourth. Seiffert Oval. Be there! But if you can't be there, it is the free live stream game this week.

Yass Magpies v Gungahlin Bulls

This is a clash between the two teams at the foot of the competition ladder. The Magpies are now on an eight game losing streak, while the Bulls have lost seven in a row. The Magpies showed some resolve in their recent matches against the Rams (12-22) and Bushrangers (18-22), but were a bit disappointing against the Bulldogs (14-36) last weekend. The Bulls are coming off a 30-16 loss to the Sharks. Walker Park is a tough road trip for opposition teams, but the numbers point to a win for the Bulls in this one.

Team news: Raiders junior Charlie Henderson will start at fullback, having switched from the Warriors this week. Rourke O’Sullivan makes a return to firsts for the Bulls on the wing. Blake Morschel comes in at halfback, while Noah Marcantonio drops to the bench. Matthew Richards will start in the No. 9 and Lionel Saddler at prop. Marty Smith shifts to centre for the Magpies, with Charlie Woolford taking over at hooker.

My tip: Bulls.

2024 Season record: Magpies 1 and 7 (9th, -184)
Bulls 1 and 8 (8th, -168)
Form: Magpies LLLLL
Bulls LLLLL
Attacking record: Magpies 16, Bulls 15 points scored per match
Defensive record: Magpies 36, Bulls 34 points conceded per match
Last meetings: 2024 Round 3 Bulls 36 defeated Magpies 20 at Walker Park
2023 Round 12 Bulls 28 defeated Magpies 12 at Gungahlin Enclosed Oval
2023 Round 3 Magpies 30 defeated Bulls 10 at Walker Park

West Belconnen Warriors v Tuggeranong Bushrangers

The Warriors will be fresh off the bye in this contest - and will be wanting to put their last start defeat (32-6) against the ladder leading Rams behind them. They've also suffered recent losses to two top four teams, the Sharks (34-12) and Blues (34-22). Recent wins have only come against the more lowly ranked Bulldogs (20-16) and Magpies (24-10). The Bushrangers are not in the best of recent form either. They're coming off a 38-12 loss to the Rams. But they do have a win over the 2023 premiers, the Kangaroos (16-14) in their past five starts. Both teams have won just four matches so far in 2024.

Team news: The big news at the Warriors is the inclusion of Bobby Roberts at halfback. He started the year as one of the co-coaches of the Gungahlin Bulls, and played for the Bulls in Round 10. Jacob Haeata replaces Jayden Pollard on the wing for the Bushrangers. Otherwise their starting team is unchanged.

My tip: I will go with the Warriors at home, but it is a close run thing. I won't be at all surprised if the Bushies come up with the win.

2024 Season record: Warriors 4 and 4 (5th, -32)
Bushrangers 4 and 5 (6th, -42)
Form: Warriors WLWLL
Bushrangers WLLWL
Attacking record: Warriors 19, Bushrangers 18 points scored per match
Defensive record: Warriors 23, Bushrangers 23 points conceded per match
Last meetings: 2024 Round 3 Warriors 14 defeated Bushrangers 10 at Greenway Oval
2023 Round 12 Warriors 22 drew Bushrangers 22 at Raiders Belconnen
2023 Round 3 Warriors 16 defeated Bushrangers 4 at Greenway Oval

Queanbeyan Blues v Belconnen Sharks

The Blues are coming off a remarkable comeback in the Queanbeyan derby last weekend. The Kangaroos seemed to be well in control mid-way through the second half, but the Blues scored 18 unanswered points in the final 20 minutes, to force a draw. It is the second draw between the sides this year, with the Blues twice producing an improbable late surge.

The Kangaroos were the first to score in the 15th minute, with hooker Lachie Ingram darting out of dummy half and reaching out to score near the posts. While the Roos had more territory and opportunity in the first half, they struggled to convert that into points. It took until the 35th minute for them to cross again, with a lost ball in a tackle from Josh Pokoney giving the home team a red zone set. A shift to the right saw centre Bailey Nash shoot the ball to winger Thomas Williams, who scored in the the corner. Just before half time, a wayward pass from the Roos allowed Blues winger George Morseu to gather in the ball and run 60 metres to the try line. It was definitely against the run of play, and it meant that the Kangaroos led by only four points, 10-6, at the break.

The Roos started fast in the second half, with Brayden Draber able to offload to winger Jake Kiely - and he had open passage to the line. Soon after, Kangaroos bench hooker Hayden Bradley shifted the ball right on a last tackle play, with Jaxen Yow putting Thomas Williams over for his second try of the match. Then in the 58th minute, Lachie Ingram sent Bayley Hitchcock on a rampaging run. He planted the ball under the posts. The Ingram conversion produced a 24-6 lead for the home team at the 60 minute mark.

Then came a critical turning point. The Roos conceded four penalties in a row defending their own goal line - and the referee ran out of patience, sending fullback Jaxen Yow to the sin bin. Blues bench forward Atunaisa Tupou crashed over the try line, right after the Kangaroos were reduced to 12 men. Next, a long pass from Dylan McLachlan set winger Tyrell Kimori-Edmond on a 60 metre run to the try line. He broke two tackles and fended off another on the way. Yow returned to the field with a couple of minutes remaining, with the Roos still leading by six. But the Blues kept playing frantic football. With seconds left on the clock, a McLachlan grubber produced a four pointer for Connor Williams, right beside the posts. George Morseu's conversion after the siren forced the extraordinary 24 all draw.

The Sharks posted a 30-16 win over the Bulls at Bruce last Saturday. Zac Patch, playing at hooker, opened the scoring in the 20th minute, going over from close range. Lock Owen Hromow was quick to follow up, crashing over under the posts. 12-0. The Bulls scored tries either side of half time through hooker Jade Schumacher and winger Todd Sherd. Sherd was hit high in the act of scoring - and while Tre Holten-Williams missed the conversion from out wide, there was no way he could miss the extra penalty goal from in front of the posts. That saw the Bulls trail by just two at the 45 minute mark.

Hromow's second try in the 48th minute made things more comfortable for the Sharks. But the Bulls would not go away. Raiders junior Mahonri Tiotola jinked his way over in the 60th minute, allowing the Bulls to again draw within two. However, the Sharks finished more strongly. Tries to prop Robert Aratangi and Tristan Eldridge - who was backing up a break from Tevita Aroha-Tuinauvai - made things safe for the Belconnen outfit.

This should be a very good contest. The Sharks are genuine contender this year. But the Blues, with Dylan McLachlan at the helm, are formidable opponents. All the numbers are pointing to a win for the Blues, at home.

Team news: George Morseu switches from the wing to fullback for the Blues, while Josh Pokoney shifts to centre. Bryce Lee has been added to the wing. Blake Murray will start at hooker, while former Raiders junior JJ Clarkson has returned to Canberra and will turn out for Queanbeyan on the bench. Deakin Bright takes over from Tristan Eldridge at fullback for the Sharks, while Sam Chapman remains at halfback and Zac Patch at hooker. Owen Hromow shifts into the second row, with Jesse Bellchambers coming in at lock.

My tip: Blues.

2024 Season record: Blues 6 and 1, 2 draws (2nd, +144)
Sharks 6 and 3 (4th, +99)
Form: Blues WWWWD
Sharks WWWLW
Attacking record: Blues 37, Sharks 28 points scored per match
Defensive record: Blues 21, Sharks 17 points conceded per match
Last meetings: 2024 Round 3 Blues 34 defeated Sharks 28 at NSWRL HQ, Bruce
2023 Round 12 Sharks 19 defeated Blues 0 at NSWRL HQ, Bruce
2023 Round 3 Sharks 26 defeated Blues 10 at Seiffert Oval

Goulburn Bulldogs v Woden Rams

The Bulldogs posted their third win of the 2024 season on Saturday, defeating the Magpies, 36-14, at Walker Park. Yass had shown signs of promise against strong opposition in the previous couple of weeks. But the Bulldogs scored four tries in the first half - giving them a 20-0 lead.

An altercation just before the break resulted in Goulburn's Blake Jeffery and Magpies centre Waisale Nayavucere being sent to sin bin. That was the start of a mini-comeback for the home team. Yass fullback Bayley Maher touched down right on half time, after a chasing a kick to the in goal. Then, four minutes into the second half, halfback Brandon Thompson dummied and stepped his way over the line.

The comeback did not last long, with the Bulldogs laying on three more tries. Goulburn hooker James Russell was busy. He went on a 40 metre scoot out of dummy half to score in the 50th minute, and then set up a try for winger Jesse Lacey with a short kick to the corner. Five eighth Isaac Walker scored his second try of the match, off a scrum play, with five minutes left. Yass hooker Marty Smith dived over from dummy half for a consolation try, just before full time.

The Rams produced a 38-12 victory over the Bushrangers at Phillip in Round 11. They led 18-0 at the half time break and extended their lead to 22 points at the 50 minute mark - after a long range intercept try from winger Koko Salim. He'd already picked up a four pointer in the first half, impressively gathering in a kick to the corner. The Bushrangers fought back, with tries to winger Lachlan Cunanan and second rower Marcus Malaetasi. But the Rams powered away from there. Fullback Daine Spencer and five eighth Brendan Jimenez both got their second tries of the game, while winger Sam Gash rounded out the comprehensive victory with his own try.

The Bulldogs have delivered back to back wins, having upset the Kangaroos (28-26) in Round 9. The Rams, however, are on a six game winning streak. They are very clearly the No. 1 defensive team and rank third in attack, behind the Blues and Kangaroos. They have lost only one match this season - to the Kangaroos (26-18) in Round 4. Again, it is impossible to go past the Rams this week.

Team news: Tyler Cornish takes over from Jamie Cowling at halfback for the Bulldogs. Bailey Sassall will start in the second row, with Matthew Sherer dropping to the bench. Toby Ferris replaces Jesse Lacey on the wing. Jomal Nchoucki will start at prop for the Rams, while Jesse Martin **** to lock. Steven Ferry and Chevi Ellis drop to the bench.

My tip: Rams.

2024 Season record: Bulldogs 3 and 6 (7th, -96)
Rams 8 and 1 (1st, +160)
Form: Bulldogs LWLWW
Rams WWWWW
Attacking record: Bulldogs 22, Rams 30 points scored per match
Defensive record: Bulldogs 33, Rams 12 points conceded per match
Last meetings: 2024 Round 3 Rams 58 defeated Bulldogs 18 at Phillip Oval
2023 Round 12 Bulldogs 24 defeated Rams 6 at Goulburn Arena
2023 Round 3 Bulldogs 20 defeated Rams 6 at Phillip Oval

The Greenhouse will again be going around the grounds to cover the Canberra Raiders Cup matches whenever we can this season. Watch for our coverage on @TheGHRaiders on X.com, Instagram and Facebook, while we also provide live scores on X.com via @CanberraCup.

Round 12

Saturday 29 June
Yass Magpies v Gungahlin Bulls, Walker Park, 3:00pm
West Belconnen Warriors v Tuggeranong Bushrangers, Raiders Belconnen, 3:00pm
Queanbeyan Blues v Belconnen Sharks, Seiffert Oval, 3:00pm
Goulburn Bulldogs v Woden Rams, Goulburn Arena, 3:00pm
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Raiders Roll into Grand Final in inaugural season

The Rolling Raiders have qualified for the Grand Final in their inaugural NSW Cup season following a dominant 42-12 preliminary final win over the Parramatta Eels on Sunday. The Raiders will take on the St George Illawarra Dragons this Sunday (30th) at the Menai Indoor Sports Centre at 4:30pm in a massive competition decider.

Last Sunday, our Rolling Raiders went into the preliminary final as underdogs against the defending-premiers, the Parramatta Eels. The strong Parramatta side boasted three current NSW representatives including NSW co-captain and Australian Wheelaroo Diab Karim.

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What the hell is a Rolling Raider, and how would you know when you've spotted one in the wild?
Gina Riley: Oh, come on, John. That’s a bit old hat, the corrupt IOC delegate.
John Clarke: Old hat? Gina, in the scientific world when they see that something is happening again and again and again, repeatedly, they don’t call it old hat. They call it a pattern.
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reptar wrote: June 28, 2024, 7:42 am What the hell is a Rolling Raider, and how would you know when you've spotted one in the wild?
It is wheelchair rugby league.
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greeneyed wrote: June 28, 2024, 8:48 am
reptar wrote: June 28, 2024, 7:42 am What the hell is a Rolling Raider, and how would you know when you've spotted one in the wild?
It is wheelchair rugby league.
And the Parramatta Eels wheelchair rugby league team play in the Canberra Raiders Cup?
Gina Riley: Oh, come on, John. That’s a bit old hat, the corrupt IOC delegate.
John Clarke: Old hat? Gina, in the scientific world when they see that something is happening again and again and again, repeatedly, they don’t call it old hat. They call it a pattern.
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reptar wrote: June 28, 2024, 12:40 pm
greeneyed wrote: June 28, 2024, 8:48 am
reptar wrote: June 28, 2024, 7:42 am What the hell is a Rolling Raider, and how would you know when you've spotted one in the wild?
It is wheelchair rugby league.
And the Parramatta Eels wheelchair rugby league team play in the Canberra Raiders Cup?
No, the Rolling Raiders represent the Canberra District Rugby League in the NSW competition. The CDRL runs the Canberra Raiders Cup and all the other local leagues. The CDRL is funded by the Raiders Group.
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greeneyed wrote: June 28, 2024, 1:52 pm
reptar wrote: June 28, 2024, 12:40 pm
greeneyed wrote: June 28, 2024, 8:48 am
reptar wrote: June 28, 2024, 7:42 am What the hell is a Rolling Raider, and how would you know when you've spotted one in the wild?
It is wheelchair rugby league.
And the Parramatta Eels wheelchair rugby league team play in the Canberra Raiders Cup?
No, the Rolling Raiders represent the Canberra District Rugby League in the NSW competition. The CDRL runs the Canberra Raiders Cup and all the other local leagues. The CDRL is funded by the Raiders Group.
Okay.

Now, bare with me here for a second... why is this in the Canberra Raiders Cup thread?
Gina Riley: Oh, come on, John. That’s a bit old hat, the corrupt IOC delegate.
John Clarke: Old hat? Gina, in the scientific world when they see that something is happening again and again and again, repeatedly, they don’t call it old hat. They call it a pattern.
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reptar wrote: June 28, 2024, 5:14 pm
greeneyed wrote: June 28, 2024, 1:52 pm
reptar wrote: June 28, 2024, 12:40 pm
greeneyed wrote: June 28, 2024, 8:48 am
reptar wrote: June 28, 2024, 7:42 am What the hell is a Rolling Raider, and how would you know when you've spotted one in the wild?
It is wheelchair rugby league.
And the Parramatta Eels wheelchair rugby league team play in the Canberra Raiders Cup?
No, the Rolling Raiders represent the Canberra District Rugby League in the NSW competition. The CDRL runs the Canberra Raiders Cup and all the other local leagues. The CDRL is funded by the Raiders Group.
Okay.

Now, bare with me here for a second... why is this in the Canberra Raiders Cup thread?
Where else would you want it to be?
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greeneyed wrote: June 28, 2024, 5:29 pm
reptar wrote: June 28, 2024, 5:14 pm
greeneyed wrote: June 28, 2024, 1:52 pm
reptar wrote: June 28, 2024, 12:40 pm
greeneyed wrote: June 28, 2024, 8:48 am

It is wheelchair rugby league.
And the Parramatta Eels wheelchair rugby league team play in the Canberra Raiders Cup?
No, the Rolling Raiders represent the Canberra District Rugby League in the NSW competition. The CDRL runs the Canberra Raiders Cup and all the other local leagues. The CDRL is funded by the Raiders Group.
Okay.

Now, bare with me here for a second... why is this in the Canberra Raiders Cup thread?
Where else would you want it to be?
2024 NSW Wheelchair RL off-topic thread!
Gina Riley: Oh, come on, John. That’s a bit old hat, the corrupt IOC delegate.
John Clarke: Old hat? Gina, in the scientific world when they see that something is happening again and again and again, repeatedly, they don’t call it old hat. They call it a pattern.
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reptar wrote: June 28, 2024, 6:16 pm
greeneyed wrote: June 28, 2024, 5:29 pm
reptar wrote: June 28, 2024, 5:14 pm
greeneyed wrote: June 28, 2024, 1:52 pm
reptar wrote: June 28, 2024, 12:40 pm

And the Parramatta Eels wheelchair rugby league team play in the Canberra Raiders Cup?
No, the Rolling Raiders represent the Canberra District Rugby League in the NSW competition. The CDRL runs the Canberra Raiders Cup and all the other local leagues. The CDRL is funded by the Raiders Group.
Okay.

Now, bare with me here for a second... why is this in the Canberra Raiders Cup thread?
Where else would you want it to be?
2024 NSW Wheelchair RL off-topic thread!
Well, given the Raiders have this on their Canberra Raiders Cup site, I’ll go with putting it here! :)
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