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Having narrowly missed out on a premiership in 2019, the Canberra Raiders overcame some long odds to reach the preliminary finals again in 2020.
Can Ricky Stuart’s men figure in the finish once more in 2021? Let’s see where they sit in this year’s NRL betting markets.
|Home ground:||GIO Stadium|
|Captains:||Jarrod Croker, Josh Hodgson|
|Premierships:||Three – 1989, 1990, 1994|
|2020 ladder finish:||Fifth (14-6)|
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|2021 Premiership||Make Finals||Make Top 4|
There are dozens of NRL futures markets for the Raiders, but where are they likely to return some real value?
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|1||West Tigers||GIO Stadium||Saturday, March 13||3:05pm|
|2||Cronulla Sharks||Netstrata Jubilee Staidum||Sunday, March 21||5:15pm|
|3||New Zealand Warriors||GIO Stadium||Friday, March 26||2:00pm|
|4||Gold Coast Titans||CBUS Super Stadium||Saturday, April 3||6:35pm|
|5||Penrith Panthers||Panthers Stadium||Friday, April 9||7:55pm|
|6||Parramatta Eels||GIO Stadium||Saturday, April 17||7:35pm|
|7||North Queensland Cowboys||Queensland Country Bank Stadium||Saturday, April 24||7:35pm|
|8||South Sydney Rabbitohs||GIO Stadium||Thursday, April 29||7:50pm|
|9||Newcastle Knights||McDonalds Park||Friday, May 7||3:00pm|
|10||Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs||Suncorp Stadium||Friday, May 14||3:00pm|
|11||Melbourne Storm||GIO Stadium||Saturday, May 22||7:35pm|
|12||Sydney Roosters||HBF Park||Saturday, May 29||7:35pm|
|14||Brisbane Bronocos||GIO Stadium||Saturday, June 12||7:35pm|
|15||St George Illawarra Dragons||WIN Stadium||Saturday, June 19||5:30pm|
|16||Gold Coast Titans||GIO Stadium||Saturday, July 3||5:30pm|
|17||Manly Seas Eagles||Lottoland||Thursday, July 8||7:50pm|
|18||Cronulla Sharks||GIO Stadium||Friday, July 16||3:00pm|
|19||Parramatta Eels||Bankwest Stadium||Saturday, July 22||7:50pm|
|20||Newcastle Knights||McDonald Jones Stadium||Saturday, July 31||5:30pm|
|21||St George Illawarra Dragons||GIO Stadium||Friday, August 6||6:00pm|
|22||Melbourne Storm||AAMI Park||Thursday, August 12||7:50pm|
|23||Manly Sea Eagles||GIO Stadium||Friday, August 20||6:00pm|
|24||New Zealand Warriors||Mt Smart Stadium||Friday, August 27||:30pm|
|25||Sydney Roosters||GIO Stadium||Thursday, September 2||7:50pm|
The previous two seasons have been standouts for Jack Wighton. Ricky Stuart made the decision to move him from fullback into the five-eighth position after signing Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad, and the Raiders have gone on to make the grand final in 2019 and the last four in 2020. Wighton has managed to win the 2019 Clive Churchill Medal and the 2020 Dally M Medal in that time, also playing a big role in the 2019 State of Origin victory for the New South Wales team. He played 22 out of the 23 games for Canberra last year, scoring 13 tries with eight try assists and an average of 276.8 kicking metres. All eyes will be on him this season to see if he can back it up again.
Crowned the Meninga Medalist for the club’s Player of the Season on three occasions, Josh Papalii has established himself as one of the best props in the game. Having played most of his career in the second-row, he was switched over to the middle in 2018 and hasn’t looked back since. Playing 22 out of the 23 games last season, Papalii had 44 tackle breaks and a 96% tackle efficiency. When the Raiders are close to the line and need someone to break through the defence, this is the player they go to. We are expecting another big year from Papalii.
Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad made the switch from the New Zealand Warriors at the start of 2019 and quickly established himself as a key player for the Canberra Raiders. His hustle and bustle in the fullback role has allowed Jack Wighton step into the five-eighth slot, which has had an enormous impact on Canberra’s fortunes. CNK had 70 tackle breaks last season, and we are expecting a similar level of output from him in 2021.
It did not take long for the Raiders to become a genuine force. They reached the finals for the first time in 1984 and lost to Manly in the decider three years later. The floodgates opened when the likes of Mal Meninga, Laurie Daley, Ricky Stuart and Glenn Lazarus inspired Canberra to a 19-14 win over Balmain in the 1989 NSWRL Grand Final. They defended that title in 1990, fell just short in ’91 and added a third flag in ’94.
The formation of the Australian Rugby League and the rival Super League marked the end of Canberra’s golden age. Their star players of the ’80s retired or departed, while the advent of several new franchises made it difficult to recruit and retain the best available talent. Although the Raiders have reached finals 11 times since 2000, they have only had one invite to the big dance.