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Canberra Raiders v St George Illawarra Dragons NRL live stream: Raiders to deliver in must-win clash

  • Canberra Raiders face St George Illawarra Dragons on Friday
  • Dragons won last four meetings
Raiders host Dragons on Friday (credit:livesport.co.uk)

Canberra Raiders are tasked with a must-win clash against the St George Illawarra Dragons when the two sides square off in NRL Round 19 action at GIO Stadium on Friday night.

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Playing in front of their home fans in the nation’s capital, the time has come for the Raiders to put up or shut up as they attempt to make a last-minute dash to the finals.

After making the preliminary finals and playing some magical football last season, many believed Canberra would be up their challenging for the minor premiership in 2017.

Unfortunately that couldn’t be further from the truth, with the Raiders languishing in 11th spot on the competition ladder and three wins outside the top eight.

Nobody can really pinpoint why Canberra have suffered such a dramatic fall from grace. They still look dangerous in attack and their defence is solid, but sort of like the Roosters last year, they just haven’t been able to win any close games.

Perhaps a do-or-die clash against a team in the middle of a potential collapse could be the spark Canberra needs to recapture their 2016 form?

St George Illawarra are really struggling at the moment and have slipped from competition leaders to seventh spot after a challenging Origin period - which doesn’t really have anything to do with losing players to the interstate series.

The Dragons have only won one of their last four games - and that was a last-minute come-from-behind win over the last-placed Newcastle Knights.

Still, the Dragons are just three wins away from reaching 28 points - the mark that is usually enough to secure a spot in the finals.

It’s another tough game to predict. I’ve placed so much faith in the Raiders this season, but they’ve disappointed time and time again. But on the other hand, I have a feeling the Dragons are slipping - and I don’t think they were actually that great to begin with. I’ll lean with the Raiders one last time…

Canberra Raiders v St George Illawarra Dragons Stats


  • Dragons won last four meetings
  • Raiders had won 15 of 16 before that run
  • Canberra lead overall H2H 16-10 (one game drawn)

Canberra Raiders v St George Illawarra Dragons Team Lists


Josh Dugan and Paul Vaughn have been named in the reserves for the Dragons, while Tyson Frizell hasn’t been included in the squad.

Josh Hodgson returns at hooker for the Raiders, with Kurt Baptiste moving back to the bench and Scott Sorenson dropping out the side.

Raiders team: 1. Jack Wighton 2. Nick Cotric 3. Jarrod Croker 4. Joseph Leilua 5. Jordan Rapana 6. Blake Austin 7. Aidan Sezer 8. Junior Paulo 9. Josh Hodgson 10. Shannon Boyd 11. Josh Papalii 12. Elliot Whitehead 13. Iosia Soliola 14. Kurt Baptiste 15. Luke Bateman 16. Dave Taylor 17. Joseph Tapine 18. Michael Oldfield 19. Erin Clark 20. Clay Priest 21. Royce Hunt

Dragons team: 1. Jason Nightingale 2. Nene Macdonald 3. Taane Milne 4. Timoteo Lafai 5. Kurt Mann 6. Gareth Widdop 7. Josh McCrone 8. Russell Packer 9. Cameron McInnes 10. Leeson Ah Mau 11. Tariq Sims 12. Joel Thompson 13. Jack de Belin 14. Jacob Host 15. Blake Lawrie 16. Hame Sele 17. Matthew Dufty 18. Jake Marketo 19. Josh Dugan 20. Luciano Leilua 21. Paul Vaughan


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Canberra Raiders v St George Illawarra Dragons NRL live stream: Raiders to deliver in must-win clash

Canberra Raiders are tasked with a must-win clash against the St George Illawarra Dragons when the two sides square off in NRL Round 19 action at GIO Stadium on Friday night.

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