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Re: 2024 Canberra Raiders Cup

Posted: June 28, 2024, 8:09 pm
by reptar
greeneyed wrote:
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 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! :)
Ahhh. Now I understand the classification.

Re: 2024 Canberra Raiders Cup

Posted: June 29, 2024, 6:10 pm
by The Greenhouse

Re: 2024 Canberra Raiders Cup

Posted: June 29, 2024, 6:24 pm
by reptar
I’m waiting for the Roller Raiders update, which I assume will be in this thread!

Re: 2024 Canberra Raiders Cup

Posted: June 29, 2024, 7:21 pm
by The Greenhouse
There is a live stream of the Rolling Raiders Grand Final on the NSW Wheelchair Rugby League Facebook page, Sunday 4:30pm: https://www.facebook.com/NSWWRL

Re: 2024 Canberra Raiders Cup

Posted: July 1, 2024, 1:07 am
by The Greenhouse
Rolling Raiders crowned NSW Cup premiers in inaugural season



The Rolling Raiders achieved the fairytale ending to their inaugural NSW Cup Wheelchair Rugby League season as they lifted the trophy after a triumphant Grand Final victory.

The Raiders rolled into Menai Indoor Sports Centre on Sunday and secured a dominant 50-36 victory over the minor premiers and competition favourites, the St George Illawarra Dragons.

Read more: https://www.raiders.com.au/news/2024/07 ... al-season/

Re: 2024 Canberra Raiders Cup

Posted: July 1, 2024, 5:46 am
by reptar
That’s a big score line

Re: 2024 Canberra Raiders Cup

Posted: July 3, 2024, 11:02 pm
by greeneyed
reptar wrote: July 1, 2024, 5:46 am That’s a big score line
Not that big for Wheelchair Rugby League.

Re: 2024 Canberra Raiders Cup

Posted: July 3, 2024, 11:02 pm
by greeneyed
2024 Canberra Raiders Cup: Round 13 Preview

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Round 13 of the Canberra Raiders Cup. The top four clash between the Woden Rams and Queanbeyan Kangaroos will be the match of the day this Saturday. If you can't be there, it is the free live stream game this week.

Tuggeranong Bushrangers v Goulburn Bulldogs

Both of these teams are coming off last start losses. The Bushrangers lost a tight contest against the Warriors, 22-18, at Kippax on Saturday. Tuggeranong led 12-10 at the half time break, with both teams crossing twice. They took an 18-16 lead near the 60 minute mark, with bench forward Tom Lunney scoring a try off a crash ball. But Warriors centre Kane Rushton struck back almost immediately. The home team sent the ball wide, flinging it from one side of the field to the other, with Rushton backing up the break from Brandon Withers. It delivered the winning four point margin.

The Bulldogs went into their clash with the Rams last weekend, after back to back wins over the Kangaroos (28-26) and Magpies (36-14). But that counted for little in the clash with Woden. The Bulldogs were unable to score before the 60 minute mark, and by then the Rams led 36-0. Goulburn's left winger Toby Ferris crossed out wide in the 63rd minute, while a long pass from half Tyler Cornish set up a consolation try for right winger Buster Strickland just before full time. It was not a lot of consolation, really.

There isn't a lot between the Bushrangers and Bulldogs on the ladder, but based on the numbers overall and last start form, I'll tip the Bushies at home.

Team news: Lachie Cunanan will shift to fullback for the Bushrangers, while Jack Davison will start on the wing. Temple Rupapera comes in at centre. Dane Klower will take over the No. 7 jersey for the Bulldogs, with Tyler Cornish switching to lock. Adam Jeffery moves to starting prop.

My tip: Bushrangers.

2024 Season record: Bushrangers 4 and 6 (6th, -46)
Bulldogs 3 and 7 (7th, -126)
Form: Bushrangers LLWLL
Bulldogs WLWWL
Attacking record: Bushrangers 18, Bulldogs 21 points scored per match
Defensive record: Bushrangers 23, Bulldogs 34 points conceded per match
Last meetings: 2024 Round 4 Bushrangers 34 defeated Bulldogs 24 at Goulburn Arena
2023 Round 11 Bushrangers 46 defeated Bulldogs 6 at Greenway Oval
2023 Round 2 Bushrangers 32 defeated Bulldogs 30 at Goulburn Arena

Gungahlin Bulls v West Belconnen Warriors

The Gungahlin Bulls have fallen to last place on the competition ladder, after they suffered their eighth loss in a row on Saturday. They fell to the Magpies, 28-24, at Gungahlin Enclosed after giving up a 14 point lead in the final 10 minutes. First, Magpies hooker Charlie Woolford scored off his own grubber and a rebound. They followed up on the next set, with Yass centre Waisale Nayavucere making a half break and putting winger LIam Grame away. Nayavucere then backed up on the inside for the four pointer. The Magpies couldn't convert either try, and the Magpies still trailed, 24-18. But the Yass momentum was still building.

Three minutes later, a crash ball from half Brandon Thompson on the last tackle put prop Ranapiri Baker over the line. The conversion tied the game. The match winner for Yass came on the next set. It was a stunner, with Nayavucere chasing a kick and then offloading to Grame. Nayavucere and Lane Davis were backing up on the inside - and then Davis threw a brilliant offload to Grame for the try in the corner. Both the Bulls and Magpies have had more than their share of woes, but that was a moment of joy for the long suffering Magpies, at least.

The Warriors did just enough in their victory over the Bushrangers. That has ensured that they are still in touch with the top four. They are only two competition points adrift of the Kangaroos and Sharks. But they can't afford to drop games that they are expected to win. And this game is certainly one of them.

Team news: Todd Sherd comes in for Rourke O’Sullivan on the wing for the Bulls. Jade Schumacher will start in the No. 9 jersey, replacing Matthew Richards. Willie Peace will start at centre for the Warriors, with Kane Rushton moving to wing.

My tip: Warriors.

2024 Season record: Bulls 1 and 9 (9th, -172)
Warriors 5 and 4 (5th, -28)
Form: Bulls LLLLL
Warriors LWLLW
Attacking record: Bulls 16, Warriors 20 points scored per match
Defensive record: Bulls 33, Warriors 23 points conceded per match
Last meetings: 2024 Round 4 Warriors 38 defeated Bulls 18 at Raiders Belconnen
2023 Round 11 Warriors 32 defeated Bulls 18 at Raiders Belconnen
2023 Round 2 Warriors 36 defeated Bulls 22 at Gungahlin Enclosed Oval

Woden Rams v Queanbeyan Kangaroos

The Rams have lost only one match so far this season. It was the Round 4 clash with the Kangaroos at Freebody Oval. Since then, they've recorded a seven game winning streak, beating the Blues and Sharks along the way. They had a day out last weekend at Goulburn, scoring 40 points and winning by 30. Five eighth Brendan Jimenez was simply terrific. He scored four tries, three of them the result of long range runs. The best came early in the second half. Daine Spencer made a tackle break near his own 30 metre line, and then put Koko Salim on a long run down the touch line. Salim put in a kick back inside, 30 metres out - and Jimenez was the man chasing. It was great try. Gideon Afemui also got a double in the match.

The 2023 Premiers, the Kangaroos, are coming off the bye. They are not having the dominant season that they had last year. They drew with the Blues in their last outing at Seiffert Oval. It was the second time this year that they have drawn with their cross town, Queanbeyan rivals. And it is the second time that they've allowed the Blues to make a big, late charge. It is probably worrying captain-coach Sam Williams, a least a little bit. Their recent form line is a bit mixed. They were beaten by the Bushrangers (16-14) in Round 7, while the Bulldogs produced a massive upset in Round 9, beating the Roos (28-26) at Goulburn. But they've also had a recent win against strong opposition, beating the Sharks (19-12) in Round 10.



This should be a terrific contest, and on their day, either team could win. The key difference between the teams is the defence. The Rams have only conceded an average 12 points per game. And they're no slouches in attack. Both the numbers and the form lines point to a win for Woden.

Team news: Koko Salim returns to the wing for the Rams, with Lachie Eveston to start at centre. There are no major changes for the Kangaroos.

My tip: Rams.

2024 Season record: Rams 9 and 1 (1st, +190)
Kangaroos 5 and 2, 2 draws (3rd, +119)
Form: Rams WWWWW
Kangaroos LWLWD
Attacking record: Rams 31, Kangaroos 31 points scored per match
Defensive record: Rams 12, Kangaroos 17 points conceded per match
Last meetings: 2024 Round 4 Kangaroos 26 defeated Rams 18 at Freebody Oval
2023 Round 11 Kangaroos 38 defeated Rams 18 at Freebody Oval
2023 Round 2 Kangaroos 40 defeated Rams 10 at Phillip Oval

Queanbeyan Blues v Yass Magpies

The Queanbeyan Blues produced an extraordinary 32-26 victory over the Belconnen Sharks at Seiffert Oval on Saturday - a match in which momentum swung from one team to the other. The Blues started on fire, posting tries to winger Bryce Lee and hooker Blake Murray inside the opening 10 minutes. But then the Sharks piled on four tries in a row. Jacob Piper, Deakin Bright, Lachlan Trindale, Sonny Tupuolo. It was almost a procession. Belconnen five eighth Matt Woolnough was in everything. The Sharks led 20-8 at the break.

Blues half Dylan McLachlan then orchestrated a comeback for the home team. It was three tries in the space of six minutes for the Blues, with McLachlan scoring one of them himself. Blistering attack. It allowed them to snatch back the lead, with just under 20 minutes remaining. 26-20. The Sharks were not finished. A crash over try to prop Robert Aratangi saw the Belconnen outfit draw level with five minutes remaining. But McLachlan had the last word, setting up the last gasp match winner for five eighth Connor Williams with a cross field grubber.

The Yass Magpies finally broke through for a victory last weekend, and what a way to do it. They scored the last four tries of the game, in the last 10 minutes or so, get the four point win over the Bulls (28-24). What a relief it must be for coach Adam Kyle, the whole club. The Magpies had not won since Round 2, when they beat the Bulldogs (32-28). An eight game losing streak, ended. They are finally off the bottom of the ladder. But this week, they face one of the most difficult assignments in the Canberra Raiders Cup of 2024. I can't see Yass upsetting the Blues at Seiffert.

Team news: Dylan McLachlan is out for the Blues, with Samuel Griffin to replace him at halfback. Big boots to fill. Josh Pokoney will start in the No. 1 jersey and George Morseu on the wing. Connor Harrison and Kalani Skipps will form the Queanbeyan centre pairing. Josh Billing returns in the second row. For the Magpies, Lekani Mpaso will move to centre, while Noah Collins comes in on the wing. Marty Smith will start at five eighth, with Declan Ryan to take the No. 14 jersey.

My tip: Blues.

2024 Season record: Blues 7 and 1, 2 draws (2nd, +150)
Magpies 2 and 8 (8th, -180)
Form: Blues WWWDW
Magpies LLLLW
Attacking record: Blues 36, Magpies 17 points scored per match
Defensive record: Blues 21, Magpies 35 points conceded per match
Last meetings: 2024 Round 4 Blues 68 defeated Magpies 14 at Walker Park
2023 Round 11 Magpies 36 defeated Blues 20 at Walker Park
2023 Round 2 Blues 32 defeated Magpies 24 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 X.com, Instagram and Facebook, while we also provide live scores on X.com via @CanberraCup.

Round 13

Saturday 6 July
Tuggeranong Bushrangers v Goulburn Bulldogs, Greenway Oval, 3:00pm
Gungahlin Bulls v West Belconnen Warriors, Gungahlin Enclosed, 3:00pm
Woden Rams v Queanbeyan Kangaroos, Boomanulla Oval, 3:00pm
Queanbeyan Blues v Yass Magpies, Seiffert Oval, 3:00pm
BYE Belconnen Sharks

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Re: 2024 Canberra Raiders Cup

Posted: July 6, 2024, 9:51 pm
by The Greenhouse

Re: 2024 Canberra Raiders Cup

Posted: July 10, 2024, 5:55 pm
by greeneyed
2024 Canberra Raiders Cup: Round 14 Preview

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Round 14 of the Canberra Raiders Cup is headlined by the top of the table clash between the Woden Rams and Queanbeyan Blues. If you can't be there at the game, it is the free live stream game this week.

Tuggeranong Bushrangers v Gungahlin Bulls

The Bushrangers suffered a 16-10 loss to the Bulldogs at Greenway last Saturday. Something of an upset. Both teams scored two tries in the first half. Bushrangers prop Nicholas Navarro scored in the 23rd minute, off a Liam Oakley crash ball. Ten minutes later, a good long pass from Tuggeranong halfback Rhys Djerke set up a try for centre Peter Soward. That ensured the home team trailed by just two, 12-10, at the half time break. But that was the last of the scoring for the Bushies. A try for Bulldogs centre Dillon Rota, near the 55th minute, produced the only points of the second half.

The Bulls definitely upset the West Belconnen Warriors at Gunghalin in Round 13. Heading into the match, the Gungahlin outfit had won just once all season and were on an eight game losing streak. The last time they'd won was in Round 3, against the last placed Magpies. The Warriors had more than pride on the line. They were aiming to keep in touch with the top four teams on the ladder. But the Bulls scored five tries in a 22-12 defeat of their northern neighbours.

The Warriors were the first to score, with a cross field shift delivering a four pointer to winger Kylan Edwards in the corner. Gungahlin was quick to strike back, after a pass from centre Jeffery Pehara rebounded freakishly off a Warriors player. Fullback Charlie Henderson regathered and quickly offloaded to Earldric Pehara for a try in the corner. In the 34th minute, Raiders junior Mahonri Tiotala drove over the line from dummy half. That saw the Bulls go to the break with an 8-6 lead.

Ten minutes into the second half, Charlie Henderson - the brother of Raiders lower grade half Mitch - was in the action again. He put in a kick to the corner for Bushrangers winger Jesse Croker - and he touched down in the corner. In the 66th minute, Gungahlin half Tre Holten-Williams kicked high and across field. Jeffery Pehara was chasing and batted the ball back, to half Blake Morschell. Four more points. Five minutes later, Croker was in for his second try, after a move down the short side. 22-6. A try to Warriors lock Taylor Withington in the shadows of full time was a consolation only.

The numbers point to a Bushrangers win over the Bulls this weekend. But the Bushies' recent form line is not the best. They have had a tough draw. But they've produced only one recent victory - over the Magpies (22-18) in Round 10. They have lost recently to the Sharks (22-18), Blues (38-18), Rams (38-12), Warriors (22-18) and most recently, the Bulldogs. I'll tip Tuggeranong, but I can't say I have a lot of confidence in the prediction.

Team news: For the Bushrangers Wez Alexander-McCarthy moves to halfback, with veteran Michael Brophy to start at five eighth. David Somerville replaces Peter Soward at centre, while Julian Haywood-Whiley replaces Jack Davison on the wing. Rourke O'Sullivan replaces Todd Sherd on the wing for the Bulls. Kaleb Kearney will start at prop, with Simi Latu dropping to the bench.

My tip: Bushrangers.

2024 Season record: Bushrangers 4 and 7 (6th, -52)
Bulls 2 and 9 (8th, -162)
Form: Bushrangers LWLLL
Bulls LLLLW
Attacking record: Bushrangers 18, Bulls 16 points scored per match
Defensive record: Bushrangers 22, Bulls 31 points conceded per match
Last meetings: 2024 Round 5 Bushrangers 30 defeated Bulls 10 at Gungahlin Enclosed
2023 Round 14 Bushrangers 32 defeated Bulls 16 at Gungahlin Enclosed
2023 Round 5 Bulls 42 defeated Bushrangers 16 at Greenway Oval

Woden Rams v Queanbeyan Blues

First versus second. An absolute blockbuster. Both the Rams and the Blues are on 18 competition points. Which ever team wins on Saturday will sit by themselves on top of the competition ladder.

The Rams lost their first placed ranking on Saturday, after falling to the 2023 Premiers, the Kangaroos, 20-12, at Phillip.

The Kangaroos have been boosted by the recent arrival of experienced hooker-half Lachlan Bristow. The former Tumut Blues player-coach headed to France last year. But has recently returned to Australia after winning a title with Villefranche XIII Aveyron. On Saturday, he proved invaluable in his second game with the Kangaroos - switching from five eight to dummy half, after an injury to hooker Lachie Ingram.

The Kangaroos started on fire, with a long Sam Williams pass producing a try for winger Thomas Williams. Four minutes before half time, the captain-coach was at it again, setting up a try for Raiders junior, fullback Jaxen Yow in the corner. It was 10-0 for the visitors at the break.

The Roos extended their lead, five minutes into the second half with a play put in motion by Bristow. He ran cross field from dummy half before shifting the ball to the right. The passing of Bayley Hitchcock and Jesse Dent then helped set up a try for centre Lucas Thomson. 14-0 and the Queanbeyan outfit seemed well in control. But the Rams quickly got themselves back into the game.

In the 50th minute, a kick towards the sideline from Woden half Jesse Eljuga resulted in a perfect bounce for his winger Koko Salim. He offloaded and centre Lachlan Eveston then put second rower Brad Martin on his way to the sideline. The next try for Woden was even more spectacular. It was scored almost from the kick off. Jesse Martin sent fellow second rower, Ron Leapai on a barnstorming run from the Rams' own 20 metre line - and he passed back inside for fullback Daine Spencer. It was Spencer's eighth try of the year. Suddenly, the Rams trailed by just two.

However, Sam Williams soon halted Woden's momentum. Near the 55 minute mark, he put in a perfect kick to winger Jake Kiely, and he charged over in the corner. It was enough to win the day.



The Blues produced a 60-10 win over the Yass Magpies at Seiffert Oval in Round 13. The 50 point margin saw their points differential go past that of the Rams, delivering them first place on the competition table. The Blues were without their chief playmaker, Dylan McLachlan, but others stepped up. It was six all after 20 minutes, but the home team led 30-6 at half time. The Queanbeyan team went on to score a total of 11 tries. Second rower Josh Billing got a hat trick, while fullback Josh Pokoney and centre Connor Harrison both bagged doubles.

This should be a great contest. The Blues have the best attack in the competition, while the Rams have the best defence. One advantage is almost cancelled out by the other. It is a game that could easily go either way. But, with Dylan McLachlan still sidelined, I'll tip the Rams.

Team news: The Rams are largely unchanged from last week. Blues halfback Dylan McLachlan is still out, with Blake Murray taking the No. 7 jersey and Samuel Griffin starting at hooker.

My tip: Rams.

2024 Season record: Rams 9 and 2 (2nd, +182)
Blues 8 and 1, 2 draws (1st, +200)
Form: Rams WWWWL
Blues WWDWW
Attacking record: Rams 29, Blues 38 points scored per match
Defensive record: Rams 12, Blues 20 points conceded per match
Last meetings: 2024 Round 5 Rams 24 defeated Blues 16 at Seiffert Oval
2023 Round 14 Rams 28 defeated Blues 26 at Seiffert Oval
2023 Round 5 Rams 26 defeated Blues 16 at Phillip Oval

Goulburn Bulldogs v Belconnen Sharks

The Bulldogs are coming off a six point win over the Bushrangers last weekend, while the Sharks will be fresh off the bye. The Belconnen outfit had a loss to the Blues (32-26) in their last outing. Overall the Sharks have clearly had the better season. But all of the Bulldogs' four wins have come in their past six games. They've had recent victories over the Bulls (28-26), Kangaroos (28-26), Magpies (36-14) and in Round 13, the Bushrangers (16-10). The Sharks should be too strong - but I'll admit, the Bulldogs have recently surprised me.

Team news: Cody McCallum replaces James Russell at hooker for the Bulldogs, with Russell taking the No. 14 jersey. Tyler Cornish moves to the bench - and he’s replaced at lock by Mitchell Turner. Matthew Sherer comes into the second row. Deakin Bright holds the fullback spot for the Sharks, with Sam Chapman again partnering Matt Woolnough in the halves. Zac Patch remains at dumm6 half.

My tip: Sharks.

2024 Season record: Bulldogs 4 and 7 (7th, -120)
Sharks 6 and 4 (4th, +93)
Form: Bulldogs LWWLW
Sharks WWLWL
Attacking record: Bulldogs 21, Sharks 28 points scored per match
Defensive record: Bulldogs 31, Sharks 19 points conceded per match
Last meetings: 2024 Round 5 Sharks 48 defeated Bulldogs 8 at NSWRL HQ, Bruce
2023 Round 14 Sharks 24 defeated Bulldogs 16 at NSWRL HQ, Bruce
2023 Round 5 Sharks 26 defeated Bulldogs 24 at Goulburn Arena

West Belconnen Warriors v Queanbeyan Kangaroos

The Warriors are two competition points adrift of the fourth placed Sharks - and they're going to have to start putting some form on the board soon. They have had a tough recent draw, losing to the Blues (34-22) in Round 7, the Sharks in Round 9, and the Rams in Round 10. All teams in the top four. Their only recent wins have come against the Bulldogs (20-16) and Bushrangers (22-18). Their loss last weekend to the Bulls was not one they could afford. This week's clash with the third placed Kangaroos is one they really need to win.

The Roos are not quite the team they were last year. But it seems the recent arrival of hooker/half Lachlan Bristow from a stint in France has given them a fillip. Beating the Rams last week is the evidence of that. I'll tip the Kangaroos in this one.

Team news: Ryan McQueen returns at fullback for the Warriors, with Bobby Roberts set to start in the halves, alongside Brodie Schumacher. The Kangaroos are unchanged.

My tip: Kangaroos.

2024 Season record: Warriors 5 and 5 (5th, -38)
Kangaroos 6 and 2, 2 draws (3rd, +127)
Form: Warriors WLLWL
Kangaroos WLWDW
Attacking record: Warriors 19, Kangaroos 30 points scored per match
Defensive record: Warriors 23, Kangaroos 17 points conceded per match
Last meetings: 2024 Round 5 Kangaroos 32 defeated Warriors 18 at Freebody Oval
2023 Round 14 Kangaroos 26 defeated Warriors 16 at Raiders Belconnen
2023 Round 5 Kangaroos 44 defeated Warriors 6 at Freebody 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 14

Saturday 13 July
Tuggeranong Bushrangers v Gungahlin Bulls, Greenway Oval, 3:00pm
Woden Rams v Queanbeyan Blues, Phillip Oval, 3:00pm
Goulburn Bulldogs v Belconnen Sharks, Goulburn Arena, 3:00pm
Sunday 14 July
West Belconnen Warriors v Queanbeyan Kangaroos, Raiders Belconnen, 3:00pm
BYE Yass Magpies

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: Rams half Brendan Jimenez and Blues hooker Sam Griffin: Click here



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Re: 2024 Canberra Raiders Cup

Posted: July 13, 2024, 3:55 pm
by The Greenhouse

Re: 2024 Canberra Raiders Cup

Posted: July 17, 2024, 2:37 pm
by greeneyed
2024 Canberra Raiders Cup: Round 15 Preview

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Round 15 of the Canberra Raiders Cup features a big top four clash between the Woden Rams and Belconnen Sharks. It is the free live stream match of the round.

Gungahlin Bulls v Queanbeyan Kangaroos

The Gungahlin Bulls came close to toppling the Tuggeranong Bushrangers at Greenway last Saturday. Bulls halfback Blake Morschell scored a spectacular try early in the second half, to give Gungahlin a 14-6 lead. A kick ahead on the last tackle was regathered by hooker Jade Schumacher, who offloaded to Morschel, who was backing up on the outside. The Bushrangers struck back quickly, after the Bulls were unable to defuse a bomb from Wez Alexander-McCarthy - delivering a four pointer to Tuggeranong centre Temple Rupapera. A couple of minutes later, Rupapera was in the thick of the action again - making a big break down the left edge. That set up a red zone opportunity for Alexander-McCarthy, who broke out of an attempted tackle and ran five metres to the line. That saw the home team take the lead, 16-14, at the 55 minute mark.

Late in the contest, Wez Alexander-McCarthy intercepted and he thought he was away for a match sealing try. But some late contact from Bushrangers prop Jayden Thomas on Blake Morschel in the lead up - not much more than a push, really - produced a penalty for the Bulls. The relatively easy goal for Morschel levelled the scores. But almost straight after the re-start, the Bulls lost the ball in the ruck - and conceded a penalty, apparently for back chat, right in front of the posts. Liam Oakley did not miss the opportunity for the match winning penalty goal. 18-16 for the home team.

The Queanbeyan Kangaroos thrashed the West Belconnen Warriors, 56-6, on Sunday at Kippax. The Roos scored 10 tries, with captain-coach Sam Williams getting a double, along with second rower Jesse Dent. With Williams, five eighth Lachlan Bristow and hooker Lachie Ingram, the Roos are blessed for playmakers. They orchestrated proceedings almost perfectly. The Warriors' only points came at the very end of the game, with a try for five eighth Calab Edwards.

The Bulls have shown some spark the last couple of weeks. But the recent arrival of Bristow has significantly bolstered the 2023 premiers. The Kangaroos are right back in the frame as a contender for the 2024 title. It's difficult to see the west Queanbeyan outfit dropping this game.

Team news: Earldric Pehara replaces Rourke O'Sullivan on the wing for the Bulls, with Jeffery Pehara coming in at centre. Jack Sandford replaces Jaxen Yow at fullback for the Kangaroos, with Yow taking over the No. 14 jersey. Matt Wheatley comes in for Bayley Hitchcock at starting prop.

My tip: Kangaroos.

2024 Season record: Bulls 2 and 10 (8th, -164)
Kangaroos 7 and 2, 2 draws (3rd, +177)
Form: Bulls LLLWL
Kangaroos LWDWW
Attacking record: Bulls 16, Kangaroos 32 points scored per match
Defensive record: Bulls 30, Kangaroos 16 points conceded per match
Last meetings: 2024 Round 6 Kangaroos 44 defeated Bulls 8 at Freebody Oval
2023 Round 16 Kangaroos 58 defeated Bulls 14 at Gungahlin Enclosed Oval
2023 Round 7 Kangaroos 20 defeated Bulls 0 at Freebody Oval

Belconnen Sharks v Woden Rams

First versus fourth. There have been some blockbusters in recent weeks, and this shapes as another.

The Rams again sit alone on top of the competition ladder, after defeating the Queanbeyan Blues, 26-16, at Phillip Oval on Saturday. Rams half Brendan Jimenez was outstanding, before he was forced from the field with a serious leg problem. He suffered the injury in a tackle, just after he'd made a huge break down the left edge. He is going to be out for some time, but will reportedly be able to return for the finals. Josh Billing was the stand out for the Blues, scoring a hat trick - and he has been deservedly picked by the Raiders in NSW Cup this weekend.

Billing was the man who got the scoring underway, in the fourth minute. He snatched the ball out of the air, following a Connor Williams kick towards the sideline - and he scored in the corner. 4-0. The Rams hit back in the 13th minute, with Jimenez putting in a grubber, which Blues fullback Josh Pokoney could not defuse. Fullback Daine Spencer was on the spot to pick up the loose ball and score. In the 24th minute, Jimenez was again in action, dummying, running, swerving on the last tackle. He then sent the ball wide to centre Lachlan Eveston for a four pointer.

Five minutes later, Billing made a red zone charge, fending off the first defender, and then carrying two or three other defenders over the try line. The Rams had the final say in the first half. Daine Spencer made a break, before Siamani Leuluai got a kick away to the corner - and winger Sam Gash grounded it. 16-10 for the Rams at the break.

The Rams went further ahead, two minutes into the second half, with bench hooker Kosta Posantzis diving over from dummy half. In the 47th minute, Billing kept the game alive for the Blues, making a terrific angled run from 20 metres out, throwing a dummy along the way to the try line. Jimenez set up his third try of the match near the 60 minute mark, kicking to the corner - and Sam Gash had his second. With that, the Rams had done enough for the win. Woden fullback Daine Spencer and backrower Jesse Martin were sin binned in the final couple of minutes, but their 11 man line held.



The Sharks travelled to Goulburn last Saturday and came away with a 24-18 victory. The Sharks led by only 4-0 at half time - and most of the point scoring action took place in the final quarter of the game. The Bulldogs took an 18-14 lead with just over 10 minutes remaining - after a Nick Cornish kick to the in goal set up a second try for second rower Matthew Scherer. But two late tries for Sharks prop Robert Aratangi and Raiders junior Jacob Piper delivered a six point victory for the visitors.

This should be a great contest. The numbers are pointing to a victory for the Rams. The Rams have the best defence in the competition, and have conceded only 13 points on average this year. And that's where they have the clearest advantage over the Sharks. Overall, the Rams should be too strong in this one.

Team news: Yuri Hromow will start at fullback for the Sharks, with Deakin Bright moving to the wing. Jacob Piper and Tevita Aroha-Tuinauvai will form the centre partnership. Harrison Leadbitter switches from centre to the second row, while Albert Watego will start at prop. In a big blow for the Rams, five eighth Brendan Jimenez is out. Adam Lucas takes over the No. 6 jersey, while Josh Fattore will be his halves partner. Jess Eljuga drops to the bench and has been named at No. 14. Kosta Posantzis will start at hooker in place of Lucas.

My tip: Rams.

2024 Season record: Sharks 7 and 4 (4th, +99)
Rams 10 and 2 (1st, +192)
Form: Sharks WLWLW
Rams WWWLW
Attacking record: Sharks 28, Rams 29 points scored per match
Defensive record: Sharks 19, Rams 13 points conceded per match
Last meetings: 2024 Round 6 Rams 16 defeated Sharks 10 at Seiffert Oval
2023 Round 16 Sharks 20 defeated Rams 14 at NSWRL HQ, Bruce
2023 Round 7 Rams 32 defeated Sharks 4 at Phillip Oval

Yass Magpies v West Belconnen Warriors

The Magpies are coming off the bye - and a 50 point drubbing at the hands of the Queanbeyan Blues in their last outing. The Warriors are also coming off a 50 point drubbing - the victims of the third placed Queanbeyan Kangaroos last weekend. The Warriors would have been hoping for a much better performance, with the return of coach Ryan McQueen to the field, at fullback. They haven't beaten any of the teams in the top four so far this year - and they would have been looking to make a statement on that. But they now find themselves four competition points adrift of the fourth placed Sharks. And there are only five games left in their regular season. They should beat the Magpies this week. If they don't they're in a whole pile of trouble.

Team news: Patty McPhillips replaces Lekani Mpaso at centre for the Magpies, while Ryan Greig comes into the second row for McPhillips. Kylan Edwards switches from the wing to centre for the Warriors, replacing George Pohahau.

My tip: Warriors.

2024 Season record: Magpies 2 and 9 (9th, -230)
Warriors 5 and 6 (6th, -88)
Form: Magpies LLLWL
Warriors LLWLL
Attacking record: Magpies 16, Warriors 18 points scored per match
Defensive record: Magpies 37, Warriors 26 points conceded per match
Last meetings: 2024 Round 6 Warriors 24 defeated Magpies 10 at Raiders Belconnen
2023 Round 16 Warriors 35 defeated Magpies 18 at Raiders Belconnen
2023 Round 7 Warriors 48 defeated Magpies 0 at Walker Park

Goulburn Bulldogs v Queanbeyan Blues

The Bulldogs are likely out of the running for the 2024 finals. They sit in seventh place on the ladder, six competition points away from the fourth placed Sharks. They have only four games left - including this week's clash with the second placed Blues. There are also games coming up against the Kangaroos and Warriors. No easy points on offer there. The Blues have been without halfback Dylan McLachlan the past couple of weeks. And that definitely cost them in last weekend's loss to the Rams. But, regardless, they should be too strong for the Bulldogs this week.

Team news: The starting line up for the Bulldogs is largely unchanged. Dylan McLachlan returns at halfback for the Blues. That’s a big IN. Blake Murray moves from halfback to hooker. Luke Tuialii, named last week on the wing for the Australian Schoolboys, comes in at centre. Josh Billing has been named in the second row, so that may be a hint that he is not playing NSW Cup this week. He certainly cannot play in both games.

My tip: Blues.

2024 Season record: Bulldogs 4 and 8 (7th, -126)
Blues 8 and 2, 2 draws (2nd, +190)
Form: Bulldogs WWLWL
Blues WDWWL
Attacking record: Bulldogs 20, Blues 37 points scored per match
Defensive record: Bulldogs 31, Blues 21 points conceded per match
Last meetings: 2024 Round 6 Blues 38 defeated Bulldogs 14 at Seiffert Oval
2023 Round 16 Bulldogs 54 defeated Blues 6 at Goulburn Arena
2023 Round 7 Bulldogs 46 defeated Blues 26 at Seiffert Oval

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Round 15

Saturday 20 July
Gungahlin Bulls v Queanbeyan Kangaroos, Gungahlin Enclosed, 3:00pm
Belconnen Sharks v Woden Rams, NSWRL HQ Bruce, 3:00pm
Yass Magpies v West Belconnen Warriors, Walker Park, 3:00pm
Goulburn Bulldogs v Queanbeyan Blues, Goulburn Arena, 3:00pm
BYE Tuggeranong Bushrangers

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