Austbrokers Canberra Raiders Cup: Round 2 Preview
Tuggeranong Bushrangers vs Gungahlin Bulls, 3pm Saturday at Greenway Oval
The Gungahlin Bulls will be looking to make it two in a row when they take on the Tuggeranong Bushrangers this Saturday.
The Bulls are coming off a strong win over West Belconnen, trumping their rivals 24-12 in a match heavily influenced by conversations.
However, the Bushrangers were outmatched by the Queanbeyan Roos going down 32-16, dampening their spirits before this week’s match up.
Tuggeranong Coach Justin Giteau, believes it isn’t all bad news from last week, saying his team is better off because of it.
“We gained experience from it and learnt how to close out a game and go for a full 80 minutes,” Giteau said. “I was happy with the effort but the execution we need to work on this week.”
“If we can go out with the same effort and improve our execution and work on things we need to work on we will be competitive.”
West Belconnen Warriors vs Goulbourn Workers Bulldogs, 3pm Saturday at Raiders Belconnen
After the disappointment of a one point loss last week, the Goulbourn Workers Bulldogs will be looking to bounce back against the West Belconnen Warriors.
The Bulldogs fell just one point shy of starting the season with a win after the Woden Valley Rams took the game away from them 23-22.
West Belconnen’s start to the season wasn’t as close, going down to the Gungahlin Bulls 24-12 after only converting one of their three tries.
West Belconnen Coach, Troy Thompson, says there is a lot to improve on for his team after last week.
“Improving on ball security from last week is important,” Thompson said. “We completed 2 out of 14 sets in the second half last week. I think our fundamentals, catching passing and work ethic was just gone.”
Queanbeyan Blues vs Queanbeyan Kangaroos, 3pm Saturday at Seiffert Oval
The Queanbeyan derby is set to fire this weekend as both teams fight for back-to-back win’s to start their season.
The Blues are full of confidence after they trounced the West Belconnen Blues 68-8 in a comprehensive victory.
But the Roo’s are just as dangerous after they beat the Tuggeranong Bushrangers 32-16 in a confident display.
The Blues are boasting the return of Raiders great Terry Campese and injured Blues second rower, Naseri Naseri, says the team has gained a lot from his presence
“Last year we had two to three halves and it was pretty scattered and all over the place,” Naseri said. “Now that we have Terry it’s more composed and structured which is good for us.”
Yass Magpies vs Belconnen Sharks United, 3pm Saturday at Walker Park
The Yass Magpies will be looking to win their first game of the year as they take on the Belconnen Sharks.
The Magpies sat out last week thanks to the bye and will be coming into the match well rested and keen to play.
The Belconnen Sharks are coming off the back of a heavy loss to the Blues last week and will be desperate to put on a strong display and try snag their first win of the year.
Coach of the Magpies Steve Naughton, says the extended break was good for his players, and this year the Magpies have a well balance team.
“We’re excited and keen to get playing after a long pre-season,” Naughton said. “A few new faces are keen to play their first game for the club.”
“We are pretty well balanced across the park this year, we’ve got some good attacking football in us as long as we can play consistently and complete sets.”