The Canberra Raiders are an enigmatic bunch. Having nosedived to 10th in 2017 and remained there in 2018, Ricky Stuart’s men put it all together in 2019 and narrowly missed out on a premiership.
Can the Raiders go one better and win it all in 2020? Let’s see where they sit in this year’s NRL betting markets.
About the Canberra Raiders
|Home ground:||GIO Stadium|
|Captains:||Jarrod Croker, Josh Hodgson|
|Premierships:||Three – 1989, 1990, 1994|
|2019 ladder finish:||Fourth (15-9)|
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Updated Canberra Raiders futures odds
|2020 Premiership||Make Finals||Make Top 4||Dally M Odds|
Best Canberra Raiders bets for NRL 2020
There are dozens of NRL futures markets for the Raiders, but where are they likely to return some real value?
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- Canberra started the 2019 NRL season as an outside chance to reach the finals, but they made it all the way to the big dance and might have won it all but for a controversial refereeing decision late in the game. The Raiders are rightly rated among the top few contenders this year.
- The Raiders held off the likes of Parramatta and Manly to claim fourth place last season and made it all the way to the NRL Grand Final. If nothing much changes this year, they should be there or thereabouts again.
- Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad was a revelation at fullback last season and should poll well in the Dally M Medal again if he maintains those standards. English second-rower John Bateman starred in his maiden season at the Raiders and will figure prominently in Dally M voting if he avoids injury and suspension this year.
2020 Canberra Raiders draw
|1||Gold Coast Titans||GIO Stadium||Friday, March 13||6pm|
|2||New Zealand Warriors||Eden Park||Saturday, March 21||3pm|
|3||St George Illawarra Dragons||GIO Stadium||Thursday, March 26||8:05pm|
|4||Manly Sea Eagles||GIO Stadium||Friday, April 3||8:05pm|
|5||Penrith Panthers||Panthers Stadium||Sunday, April 12||4:05pm|
|6||Newcastle Knights||GIO Stadium||Saturday, April 18||3pm|
|7||South Sydney Rabbitohs||GIO Stadium||Sunday, April 26||2:05pm|
|8||Canterbury Bulldogs||Suncorp Stadium||Saturday, May 2||5:30pm|
|9||Wests Tigers||Scully Park||Saturday, May 9||5:30pm|
|10||Penrith Panthers||GIO Stadium||Sunday, May 17||2:05pm|
|11||Sydney Roosters||HBF Park||Saturday, May 23||7:35pm|
|13||Melbourne Storm||AAMI Park||Saturday, June 6||7:35pm|
|14||New Zealand Warriors||GIO Stadium||Sunday, June 14||2:05pm|
|15||Sydney Roosters||GIO Stadium||Sunday, June 28||4:05pm|
|16||Cronulla Sharks||Jubilee Stadium||Sunday, July 5||4:05pm|
|17||Brisbane Broncos||GIO Stadium||Saturday, July 11||5:30pm|
|18||Parramatta Eels||GIO Stadium||Saturday, July 18||5:30pm|
|19||St George Illawarra Dragons||WIN Stadium||Sunday, July 26||2:05pm|
|20||North Queensland Cowboys||Queensland Country Bank Stadium||Saturday, August 1||7:35pm|
|21||Manly Sea Eagles||Lottolands||Saturday, August 8||2:05pm|
|22||Wests Tigers||GIO Stadium||Sunday, August 16||4:05pm|
|23||South Sydney Rabbitohs||Central Coast Stadium||Saturday, August 22||5:30pm|
|24||Gold Coast Titans||Cbus Super Stadium||Sunday, August 30||2:05pm|
|25||Melbourne Storm||GIO Stadium||Saturday, September 5||7:35pm|
Raiders players to watch in 2020
CNK had played seven games on the wing for the New Zealand Warriors when Canberra signed him at the end of the 2018 season. A year on, he is one of the most valuable fullbacks in the NRL.
Position: Second row
The former Wigan Warriors star made a huge impact in his debut season in the NRL and was named on the second row in the 2019 Dally M Team of the Year. Raiders fans will want more of the same in 2020.
The 2019 campaign was a big one for Wighton, who played a pivotal role in New South Wales’ State of Origin triumph and won the Clive Churchill Medal with an inspiring performance in the NRL Grand Final.
Canberra Raiders records and stats
- Most games: 318 – Jason Croker
Most career points: 1,908* – Jarrod Croker
Most points in a season: 296 – Jarrod Croker (2016)
Most career tries: 126* – Jarrod Croker
Most tries in a season: 23 – Jordan Rapana (2016)
Most points in a match: 38 – Mal Meninga (vs. Roosters, 1990)
- Most wins in a season: 20 (1995)
Most consecutive wins: 11 (1989-90, 1994-95)
Biggest winning margin: 68-0 (vs. Eels, 1993)
Biggest comeback win: 0-22 to 30-22 (vs. Tigers, 2015)
Largest home attendance: 29,476 (vs. Tigers at Canberra, 2010)
- The Canberra Raiders were formed in 1981 and joined the NSW Rugby League a year later. In doing so, they became the first interstate team to compete in Australia’s top-grade competition. They were also the first non-Sydney team in the NSWRL since the Newcastle Rebels left the division in 1909.
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 10 times since 1998, they have yet to win another invite to the big dance.