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Canberra Raiders vs Canterbury Bulldogs Tips & Preview - Doggies to open Magic Round with a win

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Jeremy Darke 15 May 2024
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Canberra Raiders vs Canterbury Bulldogs Predictions


The Canterbury Bulldogs are tipped to open up 2024 Magic Round with a win and move into the top eight on the NRL ladder. The Dogs can also a -3.5 line against the Raiders at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane.
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  • Head to Head 
  • Canberra Raiders Form
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  • Canberra Raiders Team List
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  • Canterbury Bulldogs Team List

  • Canterbury have had more Territory than their opponent in their past 7 matches with an average of 55% in each match. 
  • The Raiders are the only team in the top-eight with a negative points differential.
  • The Bulldogs are the only team in the bottom-eight with a positive points differential.
  • The Bulldogs have scored 48% of their tries on the left-side of the field.

Head to Head 


Canberra have beaten the Bulldogs in eight consecutive matches including a 34-30 win in Magic Round last season.

They also had a 20-18 victory in 2021 Magic Round at Suncorp. 

Canberra Raiders Form


The Raiders got a well-deserved week off in round 10 after coming back from 20-0 down against the Manly in Round 9, beating the Sea Eagles 26-24 with trusty Hudson Young crossing for the game-winner in the 76th minute.

Their performance against Manly was an important one after getting dusted by the Sharks 40-0 and Brisbane by 24 points the couple before.

There is a lot to like about Ricky Stuart’s men but their inexperience has them playing inconsistent footy at NRL level, which can be seen in their results. 

Just like their game against the Sea Eagles, they can go missing for long periods and then put on a strong performance in the half that follows.

Canberra Raiders Team News


Jordan Rapana returns for the Raiders with Albert Hopoate moving to 18th man.

Canberra Raiders Team List


1. Jordan Rapana
2. Nick Cotric
3. Matt Timoko
4. Seb Kris
5. Xavier Savage
6. Ethan Strange
7. Kaeo Weekes 
8. Josh Papalii
9. Danny Levi
10. Joseph Tapine
11. Hudson Young
12. Elliott Whitehead
13. Morgan Smithies

Interchange
14. Tom Starling
15. Ata Mariota
16. Trey Mooney
17. Emre Guler

Reserves
18. Albert Hopoate
19. Zac Woolford
20. Simi Sasagi
21. Peter Hola
22. Hohepa Puru

Canterbury Bulldogs Form


Canterbury are certainly a team on the improve and have really looked dangerous over the last month or so getting three wins from five games and pushing both Melbourne and Penrith to a one-score contest, losing to Melbourne by 2 points and Penrith last week by six.

A lot can be said about their attack on the left side with a rejuvenated Matt Burton linking up with Villiame Kikau and Bronson Xerri.

What has impressed the most has been their attitude in defence and their ability to now play the territory game instead of always looking for flare to get them home. 

Last week’s match against Penrith is the perfect example. Yes Cleary left the match and plays a big role in how the Panthers control the game, however, the Bulldogs drew dead-even with the Premiers in Possession and Territory and had almost identical attacking stats.

Canterbury Bulldogs Team News


Coach Cameron Ciraldo has named an unchanged side for the Bulldogs after their stellar performance against the Panthers last week.

Canterbury Bulldogs Team List


1. Connor Tracey
2. Jacob Kiraz
3. Bronson Xerri
4. Stephen Crichton
5. Josh Addo-Carr
6. Matt Burton
7. Drew Hutchison
8. Max King
9. Reed Mahoney
10. Sam Hughes
11. Viliame Kikau
12. Jaeman Salmon
13. Kurt Mann

Interchange
14. Bailey Hayward
15. Josh Curran
16. Kurtis Morrin
17. Jacob Preston

Reserves
19. Poasa Faamausili
20. Blake Taaffe
21. Jake Turpin
22. Toby Sexton
23. Blake Wilson

Verdict

The Canterbury Bulldogs can cover the 3.5-point line as favourites against the Raiders and surpass 21.5 points too.

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