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Sydney Roosters vs Canberra Raiders Tips - Tight finish expected in Sydney

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Ryan Tucker 24 Jun 2023
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  • Sydney Roosters vs Canberra Raiders predictions for Sunday’s NRL game (18:15 AEST)
  • All of the Raiders' 7 away games this year have finished with margins of 12 points or less
  • Can the Roosters start clicking in attack against a modern rival?
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Sydney Roosters vs Canberra Raiders Tips


The Roosters have been subpar this year, very subpar. But some glimpses of magic have been seen these past few weeks and fans are hopeful of a resurgence as we head toward the pointy end of the season. 
  • Sydney Roosters vs Canberra Raiders Tips
  • Head to Head 
  • Sydney Roosters Form
  • Sydney Roosters Team News
  • Sydney Roosters Team List
  • Canberra Raiders Form
  • Canberra Raiders Team News
  • Canberra Raiders Team List

I am backing the Roosters to regain some attacking prowess against a team they have dominated in recent years and pass their team total. The game will be close and decided in the last 10 minutes. Egan Butcher will look to crack the Raiders defence early out wide, back him in for a first-half meat pie! 

  • Canberra have allowed an average of 30 points to their opponents in their last 4 games.
  • The Roosters average 27 points against the Raiders in regular season games since 2019. 
  • 10 of the last 12 Raiders games played on a Sunday have finished with a margin of 12 points or less. 
  • The Raiders allow 42% of their opposition tries down the right edge. 

Head to Head 


Sydney have dominated Canberra over the last four seasons winning five of seven regular season games since the beginning of 2019. 

These teams have also met in two finals games in that period going 1-1 but with the Roosters win being the 2019 Grand Final. 

The Raiders won the only game played in 2022 22-16 in Canberra. 

Sydney Roosters Form


The Roosters were on a three-game losing streak prior to their bye in round 13. Since then they have won two of three games but they have come unconvincingly with a one and two-point margin in each game. 

Their loss to the Panthers by 24 points in 15 was a reminder that the Roosters defence is not at the level it has been in the past decade.

Sydney Roosters Team News


Luke Keary has been named but will be monitored through the week following a suspected jaw fracture last weekend. 

Joey Manu reverts to his usual centre position with James Tedesco returning from Origin. 

Lindsay Collins will also back up following a Man of the Match performance in the series clincher. 

Victor Radley returns from a three-game suspension.

Sydney Roosters Team List


1. James Tedesco
2. Daniel Tupou
3. Billy Smith
4. Joseph Manu
5. Junior Pauga
6. Luke Keary
7. Sandon Smith
8. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves
9. Jake Turpin
10. Lindsay Collins
11. Egan Butcher
12. Sitili Tupouniua
13. Victor Radley

Interchange

14. Angus Crichton
15. Nathan Brown
16. Nat Butcher
17. Naufahu Whyte

Reserves

18. Terrell May
19. Drew Hutchison
20. Corey Allan
21. Jaxson Paulo
22. Zach Dockar-Clay

Canberra Raiders Form


Canberra are coming off their second bye of the season in round 16. Before that they split their previous 4 games going 2-2 against very varied opponents. 

Wins were achieved against the Rabbitohs and Tigers but losses to Manly and New Zealand either side means Canberra remain a danger of falling out of the top 8 with a loss this weekend.

Canberra Raiders Team News


The Raiders are unchanged from their last game when they lost against the Warriors. NSW Origin rep Hudson Young is expected to back up. 

Canberra Raiders Team List


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

Interchange

14. Tom Starling
15. Emre Guler
16. Nick Cotric
17. Pasami Saulo

Reserves

18. Matt Frawley
19. Xavier Savage
20. Ata Mariota
21. Danny Levi
22. Peter Hola

Verdict

A tough game to pick to finish off the round. This game will be close and I’m backing it to go down to the wire. Any team can win this but the Roosters will get past their team total on the back of their electric outside backs and firebrand secondrowers. 

The younger Butcher brother Egan has only crossed the line once this year, but it was in the first half and the Raiders like giving away early leads.

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