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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||Dally M Odds|
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 be stand out performances for five-eighth Jack Wighton. Ricky Stuart made the decision to move him from fullback into the five-eighth position which has proved to be a significant move to the Canberra Raiders as they have gone on to make the grand final in 2019 and make top four in 2020. Personally for Jack he has managed to win the 2019 Clive Churchill Medal and the 2020 Dally M Medal plus playing a big role in the 2019 victory for New South Wales team. Jack played 22 out of the 23 games scoring 13 tries with 8 try assists and an average of 276.8 kicking metres. All eyes will be on him this season to see if he can back up his performance for a third season.
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 , Papalii was switched over to the middle to play prop through the middle of 2018. This resulted in in him having some of the best seasons of his career. 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 too, managing to score 5 tries last season and 6 in 2019. We are expecting the same performance out of him this year.
Charles Nicoll-Klokstad made the switch from New Zealand Warriors to Canberra Raiders at the start of the year in 2019 and has been a key player in the Raiders squad. Having a 46% of going over every game and having 70 tackle breaks last season he is one to watch. We are expecting him to have a big footprint in the Canberra Raiders offence this year.
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.