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Who will win?

Raiders 13+
5
50%
Raiders 1-12
4
40%
Draw
1
10%
Titans 1-12
0
No votes
Titans 13+
0
No votes
 
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2020 Rd 1 V Titans: Game Day

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2020 Rd 1 V Titans: Game Day

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Canberra Raiders V Gold Coast Titans
Friday March 13 6:00pm
Canberra Stadium
Tickets: Click here
TV coverage: Fox League Channel 502
Radio: ABC, Mix 106.3
Weather: Sunny. Light winds becoming northwesterly 15 to 20 km/h in the middle of the day then becoming light in the evening. Chance of any rain: 5 per cent. Min 10 Max 26

The Canberra Raiders head into Round 1 of the 2020 NRL season after a pre-season disrupted by bushfires, injuries, suspension and more. Canberra played only one pre-season trial - winning 12-10 over the Canterbury Bulldogs at Port Macquarie. The Raiders were definitely rusty and the handling from both teams was poor. Canberra's all new right edge showed it will need some time to build combinations. Of course, we shouldn't expect too much of a match which carries no competition points and was the first of 2020 for one of the teams.



More on the Port Macquarie trial: As I saw it

Unusually, the Raiders play their first game of the season at home - but against familiar Round 1 opponents, the Gold Coast Titans.

Team news: New Raiders recruit Curtis Scott has been cleared to play by NRL CEO Todd Greenberg. He's facing a number of charges, including assaulting police, after some Australia Day celebrations gone wrong. English recruit George Williams will make his NRL debut at halfback, forming an all new right edge with Scott and Nick Cotric. The Raiders have some problems with injury and suspension. With John Bateman (shoulder surgery), Ryan Sutton (suspended), Hudson Young (suspended) all on the sidelines, Canberra's back row depth is going to be tested. Corey Horsburgh has been named in Bateman's spot, while Michael Oldfield has been included as a utility on the bench.

The Titans have named the injured AJ Brimson (back) and Moeaki Fotuaika (knee) - while Shannon Boyd (shoulder) has been left out of the squad. Ryan James suffered a season-ending ACL injury during the off season. Phillip Sami takes Brimson’s fullback spot, while Sam Lisone has been named at starting prop. Former Newtown Jets prop Jaimin Joliffe will make make his NRL debut from the bench.

Late changes: The Canberra Raiders omitted Semi Valemei and Tom Starling from their squad on Thursday, with both players set to take the field for Mounties in NSW Cup on Sunday. The Titans ruled out two players under an injury cloud: Moeaki Fotuaika and Alexander Brimson.

Milestones: Co-captain Jarrod Croker is just four points away from scoring 2000 career points. He is set to become the first player to reach 2000 points before age 30.

History: Canberra has won 11 of 23 games against the Gold Coast Titans - and 26 of 40 games played against all incarnations of the Gold Coast. The Raiders have won six of the past 10 matches against the Titans. They lost in the Round 1 clash of 2018 in the final two minutes, 30-28... after leading 24-6 at one stage. The Raiders got some revenge at Canberra Stadium in Round 9, winning the re-match 32-18. Canberra held the Gold Coast scoreless in Round 1 2019, posting a 21-0 victory at Robina. The Raiders have won six of the 10 games played against the Titans at Canberra Stadium, but only two since 2010.


2019 Round 1 Canberra Raiders V Gold Coast Titans


2018 Round 9 Canberra Raiders V Gold Coast Titans


2018 Round 1 Canberra Raiders V Gold Coast Titans

Form: Raiders: WLWWL
Titans: LLLLL

The Titans have not won a premiership match since the Round 13 victory over the Brisbane Broncos at Lang Park - so they are on an 11 game losing streak. The Titans lost what was effectively an "in house" trial against the Burleigh Bears, 18-16. But when fielding a full strength team, they produced a 28-22 comeback win over the Brisbane Broncos at Redcliffe. The Raiders won three of their final five matches of 2019, just falling short of a Grand Final win against the Sydney Roosters (8-14). The other loss came in the final round against the Warriors (20-24) when the Raiders rested a number of their stars.

Betting: The Raiders are firm $1.28 favourites, while the Titans are paying $3.60. The Titans have a very big 10 points start in the line betting. The Titans' odds have lengthened over the week.

Stat attack: The Raiders finished fourth in 2019, while the Titans took the wooden spoon, winning just four matches. The Titans scored an average of just 15 points and conceded 27 points per match. The Raiders meanwhile averaged 22 points scored and conceded just under 16 points per game.

2019 season record: Raiders 17 and 10 (finished 4th, +158)
Titans 4 and 20 (finished 16th, -281)

2019 home and away records: Raiders 6 of 12 at home
Titans 2 of 12 away

Our tip: The Titans had a nightmare 2019, with coach Garth Brennan eventually sacked. He's been replaced by Justin Holbrook - who had success in the European Super League with St Helens. He should make a difference, and it won't be surprising if they climb off the bottom of the ladder. They actually looked fairly good with the ball in hand in the Nines, under the new management. However, it is going to take time for him to rebuild the playing stocks. The Raiders should win this game, but it will probably be closer than some might expect. The Raiders are impacted by injury and suspension. In addition, Canberra's new right edge will be under pressure to form their defensive and attacking combinations. The Raiders' recent record at Canberra Stadium is also less than impressive. However, I'll stick with the Green Machine in this one. Raiders by six.

What they're saying:

Josh Hodgson on the Port Macquarie trial and the arrival of George Williams: "We had some combinations that worked pretty well, George swung around to the left side a couple of times and we ended up stacking the fullback and both halves on one side. So, we tried a couple of things, George sweeping, George at first receiver so I think we got a lot out of it. He's fit into the structure pretty well."

Nick Cotric on the Raiders' new right edge: "It's been great getting Georgie Williams over and Curtis, they're great players and we’re just working on our combinations. Curtis is a great player, he's played in a grand final and he fits into that role perfectly and he's a strong ball-runner and he talks ... he's a great communicator."

Canberra Raiders

1. Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad
2. Bailey Simonsson
3. Jarrod Croker
4. Curtis Scott
5. Nick Cotric
6. Jack Wighton
7. George Williams
8. Josh Papalii
9. Josh Hodgson
10. Dunamis Lui
11. Corey Horsburgh
12. Elliott Whitehead
13. Joe Tapine

14. Siliva Havili
15. Emre Guler
16. Sia Soliola
17. Michael Oldfield

18. Jack Murchie
19. Sam Williams

Injury/Suspension
Ryan Sutton, Suspension (Round 2)
Hudson Young, Suspension (Round 6)
John Bateman, Shoulder (Round 7-8)
Luke Bateman, Knee (Round 8)
Sebastian Kris, Extended sick leave

Gold Coast Titans

1. Phillip Sami
2. Anthony Don
3. Kallum Watkins
4. Tyrone Peachey
5. Dale Copley
6. Tyrone Roberts
7. Ashley Taylor
8. Jarrod Wallace
9. Mitch Rein
10. Sam Lisone
11. Kevin Proctor
12. Bryce Cartwright
13. Jai Arrow

14. Nathan Peats
15. Jai Whitbread
16. Brian Kelly
17. Jaimin Jolliffe

18. Sam Stone
19. Jonus Pearson

Officials

Referees: Chris Sutton, Dave Munro
Touch judges: Phil Henderson, Mark Bohan
Senior review official: Ashley Klein
Video referee: Bryan Norrie

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As a member you used to be able to buy discounted game tickets (for friends/family) but I can't see anything on this on the raiders website. GE do you know anything on this?

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Doesn't look like it's offered anymore, used to put your barcode in as the password

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Game day preview updated for squads and officials: https://www.thegh.com.au/forum/viewtopi ... 8#p1720368
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Already organised to leave work early.

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TV deal

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Does anybody have any idea why we always seem to play the Titans in round 1?

That's been the case for the last 3 years, I think.
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Tv deal

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Sterlk wrote:
March 10, 2020, 9:31 pm
Does anybody have any idea why we always seem to play the Titans in round 1?

That's been the case for the last 3 years, I think.
They look for “local derbies” and “rivalries” as they see them, for Round 1. We are the left overs.
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Shannon Boyd ruled out due to excessively bleeding green
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Sid wrote:Shannon Boyd ruled out due to excessively bleeding green
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Sterlk wrote:
March 10, 2020, 9:31 pm
Does anybody have any idea why we always seem to play the Titans in round 1?

That's been the case for the last 3 years, I think.
Can anyone tell me why the Raiders haven't been in Newcastle for 3-4 years ?
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Sterlk wrote:
March 10, 2020, 9:31 pm
Does anybody have any idea why we always seem to play the Titans in round 1?

That's been the case for the last 3 years, I think.
The titans are struggling so they paired them with the peoples team for a boost
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-PJ- wrote:
March 11, 2020, 6:14 am
Sterlk wrote:
March 10, 2020, 9:31 pm
Does anybody have any idea why we always seem to play the Titans in round 1?

That's been the case for the last 3 years, I think.
Can anyone tell me why the Raiders haven't been in Newcastle for 3-4 years ?
Safety concerns.

They are coming back to the Central Coast though :hi

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Coastalraider wrote:
-PJ- wrote:
March 11, 2020, 6:14 am
Sterlk wrote:
March 10, 2020, 9:31 pm
Does anybody have any idea why we always seem to play the Titans in round 1?

That's been the case for the last 3 years, I think.
Can anyone tell me why the Raiders haven't been in Newcastle for 3-4 years ?
Safety concerns.

They are coming back to the Central Coast though :hi
I'm thinking about coming up for that, CCS looks a picture

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-TW- wrote:
March 11, 2020, 12:07 pm
Coastalraider wrote:
-PJ- wrote:
March 11, 2020, 6:14 am
Sterlk wrote:
March 10, 2020, 9:31 pm
Does anybody have any idea why we always seem to play the Titans in round 1?

That's been the case for the last 3 years, I think.
Can anyone tell me why the Raiders haven't been in Newcastle for 3-4 years ?
Safety concerns.

They are coming back to the Central Coast though :hi
I'm thinking about coming up for that, CCS looks a picture

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greeneyed wrote:
Sterlk wrote:
March 10, 2020, 9:31 pm
Does anybody have any idea why we always seem to play the Titans in round 1?

That's been the case for the last 3 years, I think.
They look for “local derbies” and “rivalries” as they see them, for Round 1. We are the left overs.
Do you really want to waste your derbies in rd 1? Surely in round 1 fans are ravenous for footy, hell I’ll even watch the Bulldogs play Eels tomorrow night! I reckon they’d get bigger aggregate crowds by using derbies when the shine has worn off footy returning myself...

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The GF rematch should be a round 1 staple, other than that I'm not too fussed

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Cmon kickoff. There’s only so much non game discussion I can partake in.

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-TW- wrote:
March 11, 2020, 3:03 pm
The GF rematch should be a round 1 staple, other than that I'm not too fussed

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-TW- wrote:
March 11, 2020, 3:03 pm
The GF rematch should be a round 1 staple, other than that I'm not too fussed

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We often look quite sketchy in the first few rounds. Glad to be playing against an ordinary team in that regard.

My biggest concern is playing at home. The boys will want to put on a good showing, but have overcooked it in recent years. I cant remember the last time they looked relaxed playing at home.

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Yeah I’m not expecting a lot, particularly from George Williams. Could take him a number of games to adjust, so hopefully Wighton’s ready to take the lead in the meantime

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-PJ- wrote:
Sterlk wrote:
March 10, 2020, 9:31 pm
Does anybody have any idea why we always seem to play the Titans in round 1?

That's been the case for the last 3 years, I think.
Can anyone tell me why the Raiders haven't been in Newcastle for 3-4 years ?
It’d be silly to send the side to Newcastle when no Raiders games have been scheduled there. Hope this helps
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Sid wrote:
March 11, 2020, 9:16 pm
-PJ- wrote:
Sterlk wrote:
March 10, 2020, 9:31 pm
Does anybody have any idea why we always seem to play the Titans in round 1?

That's been the case for the last 3 years, I think.
Can anyone tell me why the Raiders haven't been in Newcastle for 3-4 years ?
It’d be silly to send the side to Newcastle when no Raiders games have been scheduled there. Hope this helps
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gangrenous wrote:
March 11, 2020, 1:25 pm
greeneyed wrote:
Sterlk wrote:
March 10, 2020, 9:31 pm
Does anybody have any idea why we always seem to play the Titans in round 1?

That's been the case for the last 3 years, I think.
They look for “local derbies” and “rivalries” as they see them, for Round 1. We are the left overs.
Do you really want to waste your derbies in rd 1? Surely in round 1 fans are ravenous for footy, hell I’ll even watch the Bulldogs play Eels tomorrow night! I reckon they’d get bigger aggregate crowds by using derbies when the shine has worn off footy returning myself...
Come on, Gangrenous, that makes way too much sense.

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Ruben Daley wrote:
March 11, 2020, 10:39 pm
gangrenous wrote:
March 11, 2020, 1:25 pm
greeneyed wrote:
Sterlk wrote:
March 10, 2020, 9:31 pm
Does anybody have any idea why we always seem to play the Titans in round 1?

That's been the case for the last 3 years, I think.
They look for “local derbies” and “rivalries” as they see them, for Round 1. We are the left overs.
Do you really want to waste your derbies in rd 1? Surely in round 1 fans are ravenous for footy, hell I’ll even watch the Bulldogs play Eels tomorrow night! I reckon they’d get bigger aggregate crowds by using derbies when the shine has worn off footy returning myself...
Come on, Gangrenous, that makes way too much sense.
Bulldogs V Eels is a derby!
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And it doesn’t factor into me watching it at all. I’m watching it because it’s the first game of the season.

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Spot on, being first round you'd watch any match ups. "Rivalry round" should have been left to another round

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Game day preview updated for squads, weather and betting: https://thegh.com.au/forum/viewtopic.ph ... 8#p1720368
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1 hour till game day 😍 Any idea what's going on with ticketek? I'm getting this error message when I try to get to tickets from the link on this thread.

The page you're looking for doesn't exist.

"The event is either over, or is no longer on sale. Search for your next event experience above, or check out other great events on the Home Page.
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Itd be a dud link

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GMGT wrote:
March 12, 2020, 9:56 pm
1 hour till game day 😍 Any idea what's going on with ticketek? I'm getting this error message when I try to get to tickets from the link on this thread.

The page you're looking for doesn't exist.

"The event is either over, or is no longer on sale. Search for your next event experience above, or check out other great events on the Home Page.
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They clearly changed the link... fixed.
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Game day! you coronavirus having gimps
WHAT A LONG STRANGE TRIP IT'S BEEN

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