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Squad for Raiders Trial



[h=1]Hasler Names Strong Squad for Raiders Trial[/h]

Thursday 21 February 2013 3:15 PM

Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs Coach Des Hasler has today named a 20-man squad to play the Canberra Raiders at Workers Arena, Goulburn on Saturday, February 23 with kick-off at 7.00pm.

Captain Michael Ennis and Lock Forward Greg Eastwood will play their first match of the year after they sat out the 36-14 victory over the Newtown Jets in the Bulldogs first trial at Belmore. Ben Barba, Josh Morris and Joel Romelo will also have their first hit-out for the Bulldogs after participating in the All-Stars match on February 9.

“I can’t wait to get out there, it will be a good test against a quality outfit in the Raiders,” Ennis said. “It will be my first hit-out and after a long pre-season it’ll be good to work on the things we’ve been focusing on.”

“For the guys the first trial was about getting some timing and some minutes in the legs but this week it’s about knuckling down and getting serious.”

The Holden Cup side will also travel to Goulburn to take on the Raiders at the Workers Arena, Goulburn with kick-off at 5.00pm.
NRL v Raiders

Workers Arena, Goulburn
Saturday, February 23

1. Ben Barba
2. Steve Turner
3. Josh Morris
4. Krisnan Inu
5. Sam Perrett
6. Josh Reynolds
7. Kris Keating
8. Aiden Tolman
9. Michael Ennis ©
10. Martin Taupau
11. Tony Williams
12. Josh Jackson
13. Greg Eastwood

14. Dene Halatau
15. Mitch Brown
16. David Klemmer
17. Dale Finucane
19. Tim Browne
20. Joel Romelo
21. Drury Low
Coach: Des Hasler

NYC v Raiders

Workers Arena, Goulburn
Saturday, February 23

1. Patrick Templeman
32. John Sila
3. Ryan Wilson
4. Dujuan Liolevave
33. Pio Seci
6. Doug Hewitt
7. Jaline Graham
21. Lloyd Perrett
9. Blake Carter
27. Herman Ese’ese
11. Danny Fualalo
12. James Ralphs
13. Jack Creighton

8. Adam Elliott
10. Josh Vaartjes
16. Tommy Backhouse
17. Jaelen Feeney
19. Jordan Jammal
20. Robbie Kamoto
22. Sean Lane
23. Denzel King
24. Dylan Rintoul
29. Leilani Latu
30. Makahesi Makatoa
Coach: Andrew Patmore 


Almost full strength 


yeah not bad, missing 3 I think. 


Keating??? Where's Hodko?? 


good question, not sure what the go is with Hodko 


Injuries, contracts affect Raiders trial

Canberra will head into their last trial game of the NRL pre-season minus two more players and with a cloud hanging over the future of young enforcer Josh Papalii.

Coach David Furner has decided to not to play Joe Picker and Matt McIlwrick against Canterbury in Goulburn on Saturday to give the duo an extra two weeks' rest before round one against Penrith.

"I gave (McIlwrick) a test yesterday and he had injured a rib cartilage there and that's something that doesn't settle so quick," Furner said.

"Joey Picker won't be starting as he still has a little back problem from last week."

Furner said Jarrad Kennedy and Michael Picker would get more game time as a result of the duo's absence.

The two late withdrawals join the injury ward of Glen Buttriss (ankle), Terry Campese (knee), Jarrod Croker (knee), Hayden Crockett (knee) and Jack Wighton (hand).,-contracts-affect-raiders-trial/tabid/10874/newsid/70836/default.aspx 


[h=1]NRL: Raiders 22 - Bulldogs 18[/h]

Saturday 23 February 2013 8:00 PM
The Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs have tonight been defeated by the Canberra Raiders by 22 points to 18 at Workers Arena in Goulburn.
It was five tries to three with the match being played in terrible conditions with the rain pouring down for the duration and the wind swirling around the venue.

The Raiders probably had the better of the possession and field position in the early minutes with three sets within the Bulldogs 20m line causing some concern for the 2012 Minor Premiers.

The first points of the match came in the ninth minute to the Bulldogs. The try was scored by Sam Perrett in the right hand corner off the back of some good second phase play and ball movement. In extremely wet conditions the ball handling was outstanding prior to Perrett registering the four-pointer. Centre Krisnan Inu smartly converted to put the Bulldogs out to a 6-nil lead.

The next period of the match saw each side work the centre of the field but when the Bulldogs decided to head right again Perrett found himself going over for his second try only for it to be called back for a forward pass from fullback Ben Barba.

It wasn’t until the 32nd minute where the Raiders were able to crack the Bulldogs defence. It was a kick off the boot of Josh McCrone over to the corner of Josh Morris and Steve Turner. It was Raiders winger Sandor Earl who leapt the highest and knocked the ball back for his centre Blake Ferguson who got the ball down. The conversion was unsuccessful with the Bulldogs holding on to a 6-4 lead.

The final eight minutes of the half was riddled with errors as the rain continued to fall and the playing surface causing some concern for the players as they struggled to stay on their feet. No team were able to register any further points and the blue and whites went to the sheds leading 6-4.

The players returned to the field for the second half as the rain continued to come down. Just four minutes into the half, the Bulldogs were able to extend their lead through centre Josh Morris. A Kris Keating cross-kick was snapped up by Morris who planted the ball down for his first try of the year. Inu brilliantly converted to extend the lead out to 12-4.

It was then the Raiders who took control of the match and put on 18 points in 16 minutes to get out to a 22-12 lead. Tries to Dimitri Pelo, Tom Learoyd-Lahrs, Sandor Earl and Jarrad Kennedy all crossed for the Raiders with Tony Milford converting one to put them in the lead.

With two minutes remaining the Bulldogs were playing catch-up and five-eighth Josh Reynolds took the ball to the line and put in a grubber with replacement fullback Drury Low winning the race to the ball to score. Inu swiftly converted to reduce the gap to 22-18.

The final moments were played out and with the final siren sounding, the Raiders had recorded a 22-18 victory.

RAIDERS 22 (Ferguson, Pelo, Learoyd-Lahrs, Earl, Kennedy Tries; Milford 1 Goal) Def. BULLDOGS 18 (Perrett, Morris, Low Tries; Inu 3 Goals) 

annav3 NRL Bulldogs ‏@NRL_Bulldogs

No injuries out of tonight's match which is great news 

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