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Canberra Raiders vs Canterbury Bulldogs Tips - Tight contest predicted at GIO

Last updated: 19 Aug 2023
Jeremy Darke 19 Aug 2023
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Tough and important battle at GIO for the Raiders (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)
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Canberra Raiders vs Canterbury Bulldogs Tips

These two points have never been more important for Ricky Stuart’s Raiders with five teams sitting below them waiting for them to slip up and take their top 8 spot. 

The Raiders will face the Broncos and the Sharks in the following two rounds so a loss here will mean that they will need to beat two sides above them on the ladder to make it into the 2023 Finals.

There is something inside of me saying to stay away from picking a winner here because it will probably be the loser, so I am going to stay neutral and take either team 1-12, following the trends. The Over is also trending for these clubs in their last 10 matches so I like the generous number of 45.5 to be beat.

Matthew Timoko scored in round 10 against the Bulldogs, who have allowed a try by right centres in their last three, so I’ll be taking the New Zealander for a four-pointer.

  • 7 of the last 10 games involving Canterbury have gone OVER the Game Total.
  • 6 of the last 10 games involving Canberra have gone OVER the Game Total.
  • 7 of the last 10 games played between The Raiders and the Bulldogs have resulted in a margin of 1-12
  • The Bulldogs have conceded a try to opposing right centres in their last 3 consecutive games

Head to Head 

Canberra have won their last seven games against Canterbury, and also their last four at GIO Stadium.

The pair last met in Magic Round with the Raiders getting a slim four-point victory at Suncorp, 30-34. The Bulldogs had trouble stopping the Raider's backline movement with both centres and wingers scoring a try and Jordan Rapana scoring two. 

Canberra Raiders Form

The Canberra Raiders have been doing it tough the last month winning just one of their last four matches. Their win was against Wooden Spooners the Wests Tigers and by only four points, which has plenty wondering ‘How are the Raiders the sixth best team in the league at the moment? 

Last week’s loss against fourth place Melbourne really put their form in perspective. The Storm held the Raiders to just two points, while putting on nine tries of their own. Canberra conceded 10 Linebreaks in the match without breaking the Melbourne line. They were also outrun by 700 Total Run Metres.

Canberra Raiders Team News

Jarrod Croker is back after his hamstring issues, while James Schiller and Tom Starling join the bench.

Adrian Trevilyan and Pasami Saulo drop out of the side.

Canberra Raiders Team List

1. Jordan Rapana
2. Albert Hopoate
3. Jarrod Croker
4. Matthew Timoko
5. Nick Cotric
6. Jack Wighton
7. Jamal Fogarty
8. Josh Papali'i
9. Zac Woolford
10. Joe Tapine
11. Hudson Young
12. Elliott Whitehead
13. Corey Horsburgh


14. Tom Starling
15. Emre Guler
16. James Schiller
17. Ata Mariota


18. Trey Mooney
19. Matt Frawley
20. Ethan Strange
21. Brad Morkos
​​​​​​​22. Adrian Trevilyan

Canterbury Bulldogs Form

Canterbury conceded seven tries to one against the Knights last game. Allowing Newcastle to run for over 500 more Run Metres while breaking their line 7 times.

The loss to the Knights was their sixth in their last nine games.

Canterbury Bulldogs Team News

Jacob Preston is out with a two-game ban for a hip-drop. Luke Thompson and Harrison Edwards are also out this week.

Corey Waddell, Ryan Sutton and Raymond Faitala-Mariner are the replacements for the Bulldogs.

Canterbury Bulldogs Team List

1. Jake Averillo
2. Blake Wilson
3. Jacob Kiraz
4. Braidon Burns
5. Josh Addo-Carr
6. Matt Burton
7. Toby Sexton
8. Max King
9. Reed Mahoney
10. Liam Knight
11. Viliame Kikau
12. Corey Waddell
13. Ryan Sutton


14. Kyle Flanagan
15. Luke Thompson
16. Raymond Faitala-Mariner
17. Tevita Pangai Junior


19. Harrison Edwards
20. Kurtis Morrin
21. Jayden Okunbor
​​​​​​​22. Hayze Perham
23. Reece Hoffman


This game is shaping up to be a tight, high-scoring affair so I am backing either team 1-12 and the OVER. Matthew Timoko will cross for the Raiders at right centre.
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