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Preview: Raiders v Panthers

The return of fullback flyer Lachlan Coote could provide Penrith with winning impetus when they challenge the Raiders at Canberra Stadium this Friday night.
Preview: Raiders v Panthers
by NRL

The return of fullback flyer Lachlan Coote could provide Penrith with winning impetus when they challenge the Raiders at Canberra Stadium this Friday night.

While Coote has been convalescing from an ankle injury, it has been all downhill for the Panthers, who have fallen from finals contenders to also-rans.

Coote's ability to sniff out tries has been sorely missed, especially when he combines with halfback Luke Walsh. Coote has scored 11 tries from 13 appearances this season and boasts a 54 percent winning record in his 50 top grade appearances.

The Raiders are expected to play on emotion as veteran captain Alan Tongue makes his final appearance at Canberra Stadium but the home side will need to show plenty of improvement if it is to break a four-game losing streak.

Canberra fell 26-18 to the last-placed Gold Coast Titans last Saturday night, a week after they leaked 47 points at home against the Rabbitohs.

Look to a Canberra try as First Scoring Play but consider a Penrith win by 1-12 points.

Best chances for First Tryscorer are Blake Ferguson, Joel Thompson or David Milne for the Raiders or Brad Tighe, David Simmons or Adrian Purtell for the Panthers.

Canberra v Penrith
Canberra Stadium
Saturday night 7.30pm


Canberra Raiders
1 David Milne, 2 Blake Ferguson, 3 Jarrod Croker, 4 Joel Thompson, 5 Reece Robinson, 6 Josh McCrone, 7 Sam Williams, 8 Brett White, 9 Alan Tongue [c], 10 David Shillington, 11 Danny Galea, 12 Bronson Harrison , 13 Shaun Fensom. Subs: 14 Michael Picker, 15 Joe Picker, 16 Josh Papalii , 17 Sam Mataora, 18 Jarrad Kennedy (one to be omitted).

Penrith Panthers
1 Lachlan Coote, 2 David Simmons, 3 Junior Vaivai, 4 Brad Tighe, 5 Adrian Purtell, 6 Travis Burns, 7 Luke Walsh, 8 Sam McKendry, 9 Nafe Seluini, 10 Petero Civoniceva [c], 11 Trent Waterhouse, 12 Nigel Plum, 13 Nathan Smith. Subs: 14 Kevin Kingston, 15 Dayne Weston, 16 Tim Grant, 17 Blake Austin, 18 Matthew Bell (one to be omitted).

Date: Sat August 27 2011, 7:30PM AEST GMT+10 [Sat August 27 2011, 9:30AM GMT]

Prediction - Matthew O'Neill: Panthers by 4

OVERALL:
Total Games: 59
Canberra Raiders wins: 29. [Pts: 1236]
Penrith Panthers wins: 29. [Pts: 1255]
Draws: 1

Biggest wins:
Canberra Raiders: 62 pts: 2008 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 22 - [View] Sun: Canberra Raiders 74 d. Penrith Panthers 12 [Crowd: 6500]
Penrith Panthers: 34 pts: 2004 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 19 - [View] Sat Jul 17: Panthers 42 d. Raiders 8 [Crowd: 11784]

Biggest Crowd: 1991 J J Giltinan Shield and Winfield Cup - Grand Final - [View] Sun Sep 22: Panthers 19 d. Raiders 12 [Crowd: 41815]

Last 50 games against each other form line (most recent matches at end of line):
Canberra Raiders: WWWLLWLLWWLWLWWLWWDWLWWLWLWLWLLWWLLLWWWLWWWWLLLWWL
Penrith Panthers: LLLWWLWWLLWLWLLWLLDLWLLWLWLWLWWLLWWWLLLWLLLLWWWLLW

Last 10 games:
2011 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 5 - [View] Sat: Penrith Panthers 36 d. Canberra Raiders 10 [Crowd: 10229]
2010 NRL Telstra Premiership - Finals Week 1 - [View] Sat: Penrith Panthers 22 l. Canberra Raiders 24 [Crowd: 16668]
2010 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 22 - [View] Mon: Canberra Raiders 30 d. Penrith Panthers 26 [Crowd: 8850]
2010 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 1 - [View] Sat: Penrith Panthers 34 d. Canberra Raiders 16 [Crowd: 11133]
2009 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 19 - [View] Sat: Penrith Panthers 27 d. Canberra Raiders 14 [Crowd: 8074]
2009 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 8 - [View] Sat: Canberra Raiders 10 l. Penrith Panthers 18 [Crowd: 8850]
2008 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 22 - [View] Sun: Canberra Raiders 74 d. Penrith Panthers 12 [Crowd: 6500]
2008 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 2 - [View] Sat: Penrith Panthers 16 l. Canberra Raiders 20 [Crowd: 7503]
2007 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 20 - [View] Fri: Canberra Raiders 34 d. Penrith Panthers 30 [Crowd: 8240]
2007 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 7 - [View] Sat: Penrith Panthers 18 l. Canberra Raiders 34 [Crowd: 8494]

Overall record at Canberra Stadium, Bruce, Canberra (ACT) Stats:
Canberra Raiders: 256 games, won 175, drawn 4, lost 77.
Last 5 games:
2011 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 23 - [View] Sun: Canberra Raiders 18 l. South Sydney Rabbitohs 47
2011 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 20 - [View] Mon: Canberra Raiders 24 d. St George Illawarra Dragons 19
2011 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 19 - [View] Sun: Canberra Raiders 0 l. Melbourne Storm 26
2011 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 16 - [View] Sat: Canberra Raiders 25 d. Parramatta Eels 12
2011 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 13 - [View] Sun: Canberra Raiders 24 l. North Queensland Cowboys 40

Penrith Panthers: 21 games, won 6, drawn 0, lost 15.
Last 5 games:
2010 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 22 - [View] Mon: Canberra Raiders 30 d. Penrith Panthers 26
2009 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 8 - [View] Sat: Canberra Raiders 10 l. Penrith Panthers 18
2008 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 22 - [View] Sun: Canberra Raiders 74 d. Penrith Panthers 12
2007 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 20 - [View] Fri: Canberra Raiders 34 d. Penrith Panthers 30
2006 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 4 - [View] Sat: Raiders 21 d. Panthers 20

Head to Head at Canberra Stadium, Bruce, Canberra (ACT) Stats:
Total Games: 21
Canberra Raiders wins: 15. [Pts: 559]
Penrith Panthers wins: 6. [Pts: 380]
Draws: 0

Last 5 games:
2010 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 22 - [View] Mon: Canberra Raiders 30 d. Penrith Panthers 26 [Crowd: 8850]
2009 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 8 - [View] Sat: Canberra Raiders 10 l. Penrith Panthers 18 [Crowd: 8850]
2008 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 22 - [View] Sun: Canberra Raiders 74 d. Penrith Panthers 12 [Crowd: 6500]
2007 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 20 - [View] Fri: Canberra Raiders 34 d. Penrith Panthers 30 [Crowd: 8240]
2006 NRL Telstra Premiership - Round 4 - [View] Sat: Raiders 21 d. Panthers 20 [Crowd: 9399]

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