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Canberra Raiders Cup: Round 5 Wrap

The teams at the top of the Canberra Raiders Cup ladder continued on their winning ways in Round 5. The ladder leaders, the Tuggeranong Bushrangers, secured a victory at home over the Gungahlin Bulls, while the second placed Queanbeyan Blues gave the Yass Magpies a 60-12 footballing lesson. The third placed Goulburn Bulldogs also put on 60 points in their clash with the Sharks.

At Seiffert Oval, it was all one way traffic. The Blues led 32-0 at half time, putting on five tries to nil - with the Magpies not scoring their first points until the 53rd minute. Terry Campese was the orchestra leader, with hooker Joel Munro, half Jordan Williams and forward Jack Williams having busy days. Terry Campese had a perfect day with the boot, the only Blues' goal attempt that was missed was the last, by Ilija Cotric.





In the first half, the tries flowed quickly and easily for the Blues. Prop Josh Hitchins started the scoring for the Queanbeyan outfit in the third minute and that was followed up by Joel Munro as the quarter hour mark ticked over. Campese set up a try for prop Aidan Woods in the 20th minute, with a great pass - and he then kicked two goals, after it was deemed an "eight point try" for a foul on Woods as it was scored.

The captain-coach was back in the action in the 31st minute, backing up after a Jack Williams break down the middles of the field - and earning his own four pointer. Another great run from Jack Williams set the platform for the next try as well, with Jordan Williams going over in the 35th minute. And guess who produced the try assist? Yes, it was another good pass from Terry Campese.

The Blues powered on after half time. A good dummy half run from Joel Munro led to a Matthew Cole try, before Jack Williams went on another rampage. He produced an incredible run, stepping, dummying and bulldozing his way to the try line for four points. That produced a 44-0 lead for the Blues before the 50th minute had passed.

Even though it was the 53rd minute, it felt like a consolation try for the Magpies when Autunaia Tupou crossed for Yass. And five minutes later, the Blues were back at it - hitting 50 after Josh Stuckey touched down, following a Jordan Williams kick ahead.

The Magpies scored their second, and final, try of the afternoon in the 65th minute - through Mitchell Turner, while the Blues had Zac Patch in the sin bin. Joel Monaghan iced the cake with a double in the final stages. First off it was "Bombaghan" in the 72nd minute, with Terry Campese bombing to the try line for a leaping Monaghan - bringing back one of their favourite plays from a time when they were donned in green. And in the final minute, Campese sent Monaghan down the touchline for a further try, out wide.

At Greenway, the Tuggeranong Bushrangers posted a 26-6 victory over the Bulls. The Bushies scored first, in the fifth minute, capitalising on a Bulls error in their own red zone - with winger Connor Massen going over out wide. They followed up in the 22nd minute when speedster Jayden Pollard intercepted a Jake Scholes pass and ran the length to score beside the posts. The Bushrangers defended well in the lead up to half time, going to the break with a 10-0 lead.



In the 54th minute, prop Jayden Thomas scored - before the Bulls hit back in the 66th minute through second rower Jayden Grocott, who took two or three defenders with him over the line. But that was as good as it got for Gungahlin. The Bushies scored two tries in the final 10 minutes. A good run from Thomas put on four points for Josh Baker, before a break from Drury Low set up a try for winger Tristan Eldridge in the final minutes.

In other matches, the Woden Valley Rams won 24-22 over the Queanbeyan Kangaroos in a close contest at Phillip, while the Goulburn Bulldogs comprehensively defeated the Belconnen United Sharks, 60-20 at Goulburn.





Canberra Raiders Cup Round 5

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Results:

Queanbeyan Blues 60 (Tries: J Monaghan, J Hitchins, J Munroe, A Woods, Jordan Williams, T Campese, M Cole, Jack Williams, J Stuckey; Goals: T Campese 10) defeated Yass Magpies 10 (Tries: A Tupou, M Turner; Goals: S Davis)

Tuggeranong Bushrangers 26 (Tries: C Massen, J Pollard, J Thomas, J Baker, T Eldridge; Goals: J Mitchell 3) defeated Gungahlin Bulls 6

Woden Valley Rams 24 (Tries: C Ellis 2, C Malisauskas, A Vivili; Goals: H Van Dartel 4) defeated Queanbeyan Kangaroos 22 (Tries: G Afemui, K Pagura, J Simbiken, J Ulrick, T Williams; Goals: J Ulrick)

Goulburn Bulldogs 60 (Tries: M Atkinson 2, M Cornish 2, C Hart, H Hodge, D Rota, S Cummins, I Tittor, L Tauoqooqu, T Greenwood; Goals: C Hart 8) defeated Belconnen United Sharks (Tries: T Aroha-Tuinauvai, M Butz, J Vejvoda, I Mataora; Goals: K Shepherdson 2)

Round 6

Saturday 18th May
Tuggeranong Bushrangers V Woden Valley Rams, Greenway, 3:00pm
Gungahlin Bulls V Queanbeyan Blues, Gungahlin, 3:00pm
Belconnen United Sharks V Yass Magpies, O'Connor, 3:00pm
West Belconnen Warriors V Goulburn Bulldogs, Kippax, 3:00pm
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Jarrad Kennedy stars for Tuggeranong Bushrangers in Canberra Raiders Cup

There is no price tag fitting for Tuggeranong Bushrangers back-rower Jarrad Kennedy. So says Tuggeranong coach Jarrad Teka, because quite simply "he's invaluable, that bloke".

"We haven't quite hit our straps yet in terms of what we can potentially do with the ball and it's affecting his attacking game. But the stuff he does off the ball and in defence, it really lifts the blokes," Teka said.

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2019 Canberra Raiders Cup: Round 6 Preview

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Round 6 of the Canberra Raiders Cup is headlined by a rematch of the 2018 Grand Final, with the Tuggeranong Bushrangers hosting the Woden Valley Rams at Greenway on Saturday.

Tuggeranong Bushrangers V Woden Valley Rams

The Rams won an epic premiership decider last season by a solitary point. The match looked to be all over after 50 minutes, when the Rams went to a 30-0 lead - but the Bushrangers then staged the most remarkable come back, piling on 30 points of their own. A Lincoln Withers field goal inside the final five minutes ultimately proved to be the difference. And when the final siren sounded, the Rams had extended their unbeaten run to 13 games and had taken their first premiership title in 22 years.



In 2019, it is the Bushrangers that are undefeated and they sit atop the premiership ladder - while the Rams are placed fifth. The Rams started the season with wins over the Magpies and Sharks, but their unbeaten run came to an end in Round 3, when they suffered a 20 point loss to the Bulldogs. They also unexpectedly lost to the Bulls in Round 4 by two - before righting the ship with a narrow 24-22 win last weekend over the Queanbeyan Kangaroos.

The Bushies won their fourth straight match in their last outing, a 26-6 win over the Bulls. Bushrangers coach Jarrad Teka wasn't entirely happy with the performance - but is happy his team is winning, despite not yet being at their peak.

"The best thing with us is we probably haven't hit our straps yet. We've got a lot to work on within our club but we are getting wins at the moment so obviously that's a positive," Teka told The Canberra Times.





The two teams have a similar attacking record in 2019, with Tuggeranong averaging 27 points scored per match, and the Rams 26. But Tuggeranong has the advantage in defence - indeed, the Bushies have the best defence in the competition so far this season. They have conceded an average of 17 points per match, compared with 23 for the Rams.

There were some injury concerns emerging for the Bushrangers after last weekend, with Wezley Alexander, Matt Dragisic and Daniel Hickson expected to be out this week. But given the form lines, we'll tip a Tuggeranong win in this one at home.

If you can't get to the ground, thanks to the Bar TV Sports YouTube channel, you'll be able to watch a live stream of this match right here:



Belconnen United Sharks V Yass Magpies

The teams at the foot of the ladder, the Belconnen United Sharks and Yass Magpies, meet at O'Connor. The Sharks have shown signs of being more competitive in 2019, but they are the only team yet to post a win this season. The Magpies have one win and four losses to their name, their only victory coming against the Bulls in Round 3 at Walker Park.

Last week, both teams conceded 60 points to their opposition. The Magpies were handed a footballing lesson by the Blues in a 48 point defeat. The same could be said for the Sharks, defeated 60-20 by the Goulburn Bulldogs. Both teams have conceded an average of over 40 points per game - with the Magpies having a slightly worse defensive record. Yass has the slightly better attack, averaging 20 points scored per match, compared with 17 for the Sharks. It's almost a flip of a coin tipping this one... but we'll go with the Sharks to get their first win at home.

West Belconnen Warriors V Goulburn Bulldogs

The fourth placed West Belconnen Warriors host the third placed Goulburn Bulldogs - in what shapes as one of the best contests of the round. The Warriors are coming off the bye - after suffering a 44-22 loss to the Queanbeyan Blues in Round 4. The Bulldogs meanwhile, showed they were back in the business of piling on points last week - after losing their first match of the season to the Bushrangers in Round 4, 24-18.

While the two teams are only separated by two competition points, the Bulldogs have had a 4 and 1 start to season 2019, compared with a 2 and 2 record for the Warriors. The ladder leading Bushrangers are the only other team to have won four games so far.

The Bulldogs have rebuilt their team strongly, with the Cornish brothers in the halves and hooker James Aubusson leading the way. But the Warriors have some handy men in their play making roles as well, with the experienced Brent Crisp and Bobby Roberts steering the team in the halves.

Goulburn has the better attack and defence. They have scored over 200 points in five games (an average 43 points per match, compared with 34 for the Warriors) while conceding 94 (an average 19 points per match, 30 for the Warriors). It should be a great contest, and even though the match will be played on the Warriors' home turf, this should be a Bulldogs win.

Gungahlin Bulls V Queanbeyan Blues

On Sunday, the undefeated Queanbeyan Blues travel to Gungahlin for a meeting with the Bulls. The Blues produced a very big 60-12 victory last weekend over the the Yass Magpies. It was virtually all one way traffic. The Blues led 32-0 at half time - with the Magpies not scoring their first points until the 53rd minute. Terry Campese was the orchestra leader, with hooker Joel Munro, half Jordan Williams and forward Jack Williams making a big impact.

The Blues have now won three and drawn one match this season, while the Bulls have recorded a one and three start to the year. The Bulls upset the Rams in Round 4, but then lost to the Bushrangers, 26-6, in their last outing. The Blues rank first in attack, based on points scored per match. They've posted an average 45 points per game, compared with just 16 for the Bulls. The Blues also have the second best defence, after the Bushrangers, conceding an average 19 points per game, compared with 39 for the Bulls. It would be a huge upset if the young Bulls can produce a win in this game.

The Greenhouse will bring you live scores from the match between the Bushrangers and Rams on Saturday via @CanberraCup on Twitter. We'll also bring you live scores from Gungahlin on Sunday. If you're at any game, make sure you post your pics and score updates on Twitter, using the #CRCup and #CRRL19 hashtags.

Canberra Raiders Cup Round 6

Saturday 18th May
Tuggeranong Bushrangers V Woden Valley Rams, Greenway, 3:00pm
Belconnen United Sharks V Yass Magpies, O'Connor, 3:00pm
West Belconnen Warriors V Goulburn Bulldogs, Kippax, 3:00pm

Sunday 19th May
Gungahlin Bulls V Queanbeyan Blues, Gungahlin, 3:00pm
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Woden Valley Rams coach Lincoln Withers calls on ex-Canberra Raiders

Ken Nagas and David Atkins have been welcomed into the Woden Rams fold as coach Lincoln Withers looks to spread the load ahead of a grand final rematch against the Tuggeranong Bushrangers on Saturday.

"I try to get them to do a bit of the coaching stuff, and then that leaves me to do a bit more on-field," Withers said. "Axe runs a lot of the defence and the forwards stuff, and Kenny overlooks a lot of it too."

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Tuggeranong Bushrangers 12
Woden Valley Rams 6
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Canberra Raiders Cup

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Woden Valley Rams 26
Tuggeranong Bushrangers 18

MATCH REPORT: Woden comeback to snap Tuggeranong’s perfect start

The Woden Valley Rams have won the Grand Final rematch as a strong second half saw them defeat the Tuggeranong Bushranger 26-18 at Greenway Oval.

Daine Spencer put the icing on the cake for the Rams right on full time as Woden claimed their fourth consecutive win against their rivals.

Woden Valley Rams 26 (Tries: T Hodge, C Malisauskas, M Geiger, S Ferry, D Spencer; Goals: L Withers 3) d Tuggeranong Bushrangers 8 (Tries: C Massen, J Baker, J Kennedy; Goals: J Mitchell 3)

West Belconnen Warriors 38 (Tries: R McQueen 3, K Sione 2, B Crisp, R Thomas; Goals: B Crisp 5) d Goulburn Workers Bulldogs 22 (Tries: J Gray 2, N Cornish, M Cornish; Goals: C Hart 2)

Belconnen United Sharks 18 (Tries: C McNamara, B Nangati, S Tupoala, E McCarroll; Goals: A Agnew) d Yass Magpies 6 (Try: J Smith; Goal: S Davis)

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Woden Rams claim Canberra Raiders Cup thriller over Tuggeranong Bushrangers

The conventional play would be for Lincoln Withers to kick for touch and hope his side can hold out one, maybe two plays. The Rams scored 20 unanswered points to claim the spoils in a grand final rematch, and Daine Spencer's try was the icing on the cake on Saturday.

"I don't think we'll get him [Spencer] back for the rest of the year, I think he'll be up for bigger and better things with the Raiders [under 20s] but it was good for him to come back and play with the boys from last year and enjoy what is probably his last game [with Woden].

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Queanbeyan Blues 16 lead Gungahlin Bulls 6
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Canberra Raiders Cup

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Gungahlin Bulls 24 defeated Queanbeyan Blues 22

Gungahlin Bulls 24 (Tries: J Pio 2, I Vatanitawake, R Cronin; Goals: D Hately 3, B Robinson) defeated Queanbeyan Blues (Tries: N Marshall 2, M Cullen, M Cole; Goals: T Campese 3)
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Gungahlin Bulls claim big scalp in Canberra Raiders Cup upset

The Gungahlin Bulls have claimed their second big scalp in three weeks after toppling the Queanbeyan Blues 24-22 in the Canberra Raiders Cup at Gungahlin Enclosed Oval on Sunday.

"We had Brendan O'Hagan come back from the Raiders again, he's that cool, calm head that helped steer us around again. Our middles really stood up" Bulls coach David Howell said.

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Canberra Raiders Cup: Round 6 Wrap

It was a weekend of upsets in Round 6 of the Canberra Raiders Cup, with the three top teams on the ladder all upset by their opponents.

The Woden Valley Rams produced a big comeback in the 2018 Canberra Raiders Cup Grand Final rematch on Saturday at Greenway - handing out another defeat for the Tuggeranong Bushrangers.

In the Grand Final last year, the Rams were victorious by just one point, a Lincoln Withers field goal breaking a 30-30 deadlock in the final five minutes. The Rams went to a 30-0 lead before the Bushrangers produced an incredible 30 point comeback - only to be pipped at the post.

On Saturday, the Rams trailed the 2019 ladder leaders, the Bushrangers 18-6, with just over 20 minutes remaining. And then Woden took control, piling on 20 points to take a 26-18 victory. It was the first defeat of the season for Tuggeranong.





The Rams were the first to score, with prop Tyson Hodge crashing over from close range in the 15th minute. The Bushrangers struck back in the 20th minute, with a spectacular try to winger Connor Massey. Five eighth Rob Sheffield made a very good break through the middle, and produced a very well weighted kick ahead for his winger, for the try in the corner. Tuggeranong followed up in the 35th minute, when second rower Josh Baker went over under the posts - with half Michael Brophy setting Baker on his run with a clever inside pass.

The Bushies took a 12-6 lead to the break - and they extended that just three minutes into the second half, after a dummy half pass from Josh Mitchell sent Jarrad Kennedy over the try line. That gave the home team an 18-6 lead - but it would be the last of the scoring for Tuggeranong.

Woden started their comeback in the 59th minute, with dummy half Mitch Souter and five eighth James Desaxe sending the ball wide to centre Michael Geiger for a four pointer. Ten minutes later, Geiger produced a great offload to his winger Caleb Malisauskas, who scored in the corner. And while Lincoln Withers could not convert from the sideline, the Rams were within four points of the Bushrangers.

With around five minutes left on the clock, Mitch Souter was in action again, setting up Steve Ferry for a run to the line. And though he collided with a goal post, he still managed to ground it, just to the left of the post. The conversion from Withers saw Woden take a 20-18 lead. And then in the final moments, a last tackle play from Lincoln Withers sent fullback Daine Spencer away for a stunning match-sealer.

"I saw Daine and he normally comes up with the goods, the young kid. I just got him the ball and he did what he does. He's strong, he's fast, he's probably too good for the local competition," Withers told The Canberra Times later.

Withers expects he'll lose Spencer to the Raiders Jersey Flegg team once the Under 20s gets back underway. He's certainly a great prospect.

On Sunday, the Gungahlin Bulls produced a huge 24-22 upset of the Queanbeyan Blues in Canberra's far north. The Blues have been in raging hot form, previously undefeated. The closest they'd come to defeat was a draw with cross town rivals, the Queanbeyan Kangaroos. The Bulls had previously produced just one win this year - a two point upset against the Rams in Round 4. The giant killers were at it again in Round 6.



The Bulls had Canberra Raiders youngster Brendan O'Hagan on deck in the Bulls win over the Rams - and he was available again this week. He clearly makes a huge difference to the team. He started the scoring against the Blues in the eighth minute, when he put in a cross field kick for centre Isimeli Vatanitawake. It was a perfectly placed kick, a perfect four pointer.

But the Blues then took back control. In the 13th minute, Blues winger Nicolas Marshall went over in the corner after Terry Campese shovelled the ball wide. Marshall got a double in the 26th minute, backing up a Joel Monaghan break. Monaghan was brought to ground by the Bulls' defence, but was not effectively tackled, and he legally offloaded off the grass for the try scorer. Just before the break, a kick ahead from Blues half Zac Patch produced confusion in the in goal for the Bulls - and second rower Michael Cullen was able to ground it. The Campese conversion gave the visitors a 16-6 half time lead.

The second half started perfectly for the Bulls. They kicked off, and the ball bounced awkwardly for Queanbeyan, and Bulls winger Jone Pio stormed onto the ball. It gave Gungahlin early possession and territory and centre Ryan Cronin was able to get over the line in the 42nd minute. Pio was the game breaker at the back end of the game. He scored out wide in the 56th minute - the conversion giving the Bulls an 18-16 lead. And then he got his double inside the final 10 minutes, Gungahlin's lead extending to eight points.

The Blues managed to cross through fullback Matthew Cole, with just a few minutes left. While the Blues desperately tried to conjure a miracle try in the final minutes, they were not able to overcome the two point deficit.

In other matches, the more favoured Goulburn Bulldogs lost to the West Belconnen Warriors, 38-22, at Kippax, with Ryan McQueen scoring a hat trick. And at O'Connor, the Belconnen United Sharks got their first win of the year - and their first since 2017- defeating the Yass Magpies, 18-6.





Canberra Raiders Cup Round 6

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Results:

Woden Valley Rams 26 (Tries: T Hodge, C Malisauskas, M Geiger, S Ferry, D Spencer; Goals: L Withers 3) defeated Tuggeranong Bushrangers 18 (Tries: C Massen, J Baker, J Kennedy; Goals: J Mitchell 3)

West Belconnen Warriors 38 (Tries: R McQueen 3, K Sione 2, B Crisp, R Thomas; Goals: B Crisp 5) defeated Goulburn Bulldogs 22 (Tries: J Gray 2, N Cornish, M Cornish; Goals: C Hart 2)

Belconnen United Sharks 18 (Tries: C McNamara, B Nangati, S Tupoala, E McCarroll; Goals: A Agnew) defeated Yass Magpies 6 (Try: J Smith; Goal: S Davis)

Gungahlin Bulls 24 (Tries: J Pio 2, I Vatanitawake, R Cronin; Goals: D Hately 3, B Robinson) defeated Queanbeyan Blues 22 (Tries: N Marshall 2, M Cullen, M Cole; Goals: T Campese 3)

Round 7

Sunday 26th May
Goulburn Bulldogs V Queanbeyan Blues, Goulburn, 2:15pm
West Belconnen Warriors V Belconnen United Sharks, Kippax, 3:00pm
Queanbeyan Kangaroos V Gungahlin Bulls, Freebody Oval, 3:00pm
Yass Magpies V Tuggeranong Bushrangers, Walker Park, 3:00pm
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2019 Canberra Raiders Cup: Round 7 Preview

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Round 7 of the Canberra Raiders Cup is headlined by a top three clash between the third placed Goulburn Bulldogs and second placed Queanbeyan Kangaroos this Sunday.

Goulburn Bulldogs V Queanbeyan Blues

In Round 6, all of the top three teams were defeated. The Bulldogs travelled to Kippax last Saturday for a clash with the West Belconnen Warriors - and started well, going to a 16-0 lead through tries to Jason Gray and brothers Mitch and Nick Cornish. But then the Warriors hit back. They levelled the scores by half time, and went on with the job in the second half, securing a 38-22 victory. It was the Bulldogs' second loss of the season, the other coming against the ladder leading Bushrangers in Round 4.

On Sunday, the Blues suffered a huge 24-22 upset at the hands of the Bulls in Canberra's far north. The Blues have been in raging hot form, previously undefeated. The closest they'd come to defeat was a draw with cross town rivals, the Queanbeyan Kangaroos. The Bulls had previously produced just one win this year - a two point upset against the Rams in Round 4. The Bulls had Canberra Raiders youngster Brendan O'Hagan on deck in their win over the Rams - and he was available again last week. He clearly makes a huge difference to the team. The Blues had a 16-6 advantage at half time, but the Bulls had the better of the second half. A double to Bulls winger Jone Pio saw the home team go to an eight point lead, with less than 10 minutes remaining. The Blues scored through fullback Matthew Cole with two minutes remaining - but that was not enough.

The Blues are in slightly better form than the Bulldogs so far this season, and have a slightly better attacking and defensive record. With the Bulldogs having the home ground advantage, it should be a great contest. On form, we'll go with the Blues in this one.

Season record: Bulldogs 4 and 2 (3rd, +102)
Blues 3 and 1, 1 draw (2nd, +104)

Form: Bulldogs WWLWL
Blues WDWWL

Attacking record: Blues 40, Bulldogs 39 points scored per match
Defensive record: Blues 20, Bulldogs 22 points conceded per match

Most recent meetings:
2018 Rd 7: Blues 40 defeated Bulldogs 10 at Goulburn Arena
2018 Rd 16: Blues 44 defeated Bulldogs 12 at Seiffert Oval

West Belconnen Warriors V Belconnen United Sharks

The Warriors closed the gap on the leading teams after last week's win over the Bulldogs - and now host the eighth placed Sharks in the Belconnen derby at Kippax. The Warriors are now level with the Bulldogs on eight competition points, and just two competition points behind the first placed Bushrangers. The Sharks won their first match of the season - and their first game since 2017 - against the struggling Yass Magpies, 16-6. But it will be a much bigger challenge for the Sharks against the Warriors. West Belconnen have veteran halves Brent Crisp and Bobby Roberts very effectively controlling the action, while fullback Ryan McQueen is in fine form, scoring a hat trick last week. The Warriors clearly have the better form and record so far this season - and should have too much firepower for the Sharks.





If you can't get to the ground, thanks to the Bar TV Sports YouTube channel, you'll be able to watch a live stream of this match right here:



Season record: Warriors 3 and 2 (4th, +30)
Sharks 1 and 4 (8th, -84)

Form: Warriors LWWLW
Sharks LLLLW

Attacking record: Warriors 35, Sharks 17 points scored per match
Defensive record: Warriors 29, Sharks 34 points conceded per match

Most recent meetings:
2018 Rd 8: Warriors 18 defeated Sharks 15 at O'Connor
2018 Rd 17: Warriors 54 defeated Sharks 12 at Kippax

Queanbeyan Kangaroos V Gungahlin Bulls

The seventh placed Queanbeyan Kangaroos host the sixth placed Gungahlin Bulls at Freebody Oval. The Kangaroos are coming off the bye, after suffering a narrow 24-22 loss to the Woden Valley Rams in their last outing. The Roos have only won one match so far this season, the Bulls two - but it is the Kangaroos that have probably produced the more consistent form. That is underlined by the fact that the Roos have a significantly better attacking and defensive record than the Bulls - and attack and defence that compares fairly well with teams well up the ladder.

The Bulls have now upset two of the big guns of the competition - the Woden Valley Rams and the Queanbeyan Blues by exactly the same scoreline, 24-22. It is no coincidence that the wins have come in the two games when Brendan O'Hagan turned out for the Bulls - and their chances may well depend on whether he is available for this game. If not, the Kangaroos will probably be too strong at home.

Season record: Kangaroos 1 and 3, 1 draw (7th, +20)
Bulls 2 and 3 (6th, -92)

Form: Kangaroos LDLWL
Bulls LLWLW

Attacking record: Kangaroos 30, Bulls 17 points scored per match
Defensive record: Kangaroos 26, Bulls 36 points conceded per match

Most recent meetings:
2018 Rd 1: Kangaroos 34 defeated Bulls 30 at Gungahlin
2018 Rd 10: Kangaroos defeated Bulls at Freebody Oval

Yass Magpies V Tuggeranong Bushrangers

This is a clash between first and last on the ladder - and it, unfortunately, shapes as a bit of a mismatch. Last week, the Bushrangers lost their first match of the season, while the Magpies lost out to the Sharks in the battle for the wooden spoon spot. Attack is not the Bushies' relative strength so far this season - but their record is clearly stronger than the Magpies. Tuggeranong has an even clearer advantage in defence. The Bushrangers have the best defence in the competition, the Magpies the worst, by a fair margin. Tuggeranong should win this contest, and win it well.

Season record: Magpies 1 and 5 (9th, -131)
Bushrangers 4 and 1 (1st, +30)

Form: Magpies LWLLL
Bushrangers WWWWL

Attacking record: Bushrangers 25, Magpies 17 points scored per match
Defensive record: Bushrangers 19, Magpies 39 points conceded per match

Most recent meetings:
2018 Rd 4: Bushrangers 20 defeated Magpies 14 at Walker Park
2018 Rd 13: Bushrangers 42 defeated Magpies 4 at Greenway

The Greenhouse will bring you live scores from the match between the Bulldogs and Blues at Goulburn via @CanberraCup on Twitter. If you're at any game, make sure you post your pics and score updates on Twitter, using the #CRCup and #CRRL19 hashtags.

Canberra Raiders Cup Round 7

Sunday 26th May

Goulburn Bulldogs V Queanbeyan Blues, Goulburn, 2:15pm
West Belconnen Warriors V Belconnen United Sharks, Kippax, 3:00pm
Queanbeyan Kangaroos V Gungahlin Bulls, Freebody Oval, 3:00pm
Yass Magpies V Tuggeranong Bushrangers, Walker Park, 3:00pm
BYE Woden Valley Rams

Canberra Raiders Cup teams and program: To come

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