Austbrokers Canberra Raiders Cup: Round 3 Preview
Belconnen United Sharks v Woden Valley Rams, 3pm Saturday at O’Connor Oval
The Belconnen Sharks will be looking bounce back after two big losses to record their first win of the season when they take on the Woden Valley Rams.
Their opponents, the Woden Valley Rams, will be fresh having enjoyed the bye after a tough opening match of the season where they recorded a hard fought one point win.
Coming off the back of a 48 point loss to the Yass Magpies, Sharks coach, Scott Logan knows his team need to hold onto the football.
“We want to hold the ball as long as we can and get an even possession which will help us in terms of not needing to do too much defence,” Scott said. “We just need to control the ball first and look after what we can from our end.”
West Belconnen Warriors v Yass Magpies, 3pm Saturday at Raiders Belconnen
The Yass Magpies will be looking to continue their winning ways against the West Belconnen Warriors on Saturday after a big win last week.
The Magpies will be full of confidence after cruising past the Belconnen Sharks 58-10 and will be looking to claim victory over another Belconnen based team.
After having the bye in round one, the Magpies have played one less game than the Warriors, meaning the defending champions have had an extra game to work on their partnerships and find their rhythm.
The Warriors have had an up and down start to the season. Falling short to the Bulls in round one before notching up a big win over the Goulburn Bulldogs last week.
Although West Belconnen Coach Troy Thompson knows his team isn’t as big as the Magpies physically, he is confident of a win.
“They have big bodies in the back row, centres and also in the middle,” Thompson said. “We are probably one of the smallest teams, but if we can defend well, hold the footy and turn them around, we should be able to go alright.”
Queanbeyan Kangaroos v Gungahlin Bulls, 3pm Saturday at Seears Workwear Oval
After losing the Queanbeyan derby, the Queanbeyan Kangaroos will be looking to put on a big performance against the Gungahlin Bulls this Saturday.
Falling short by 10 points against the Queanbeyan Blues, the Roos will be full of fire and will be hoping to record a win against a Bulls outfit which enters the clash on the back of a loss.
Despite a strong win in round one, Gungahlin were outplayed by the Tuggeranong Bushrangers in a heavy 34-8 defeat and will hope to make amends this weekend.
Roos Coach Aaron Gorrell is wary of the Bulls forwards but believes his pack is just as good.
“They have a pretty strong forward pack, but that’s one of our strengths as well,” Gorrell said. “We’ll try to muscle up. It’s going to be pretty physical but our forward pack on their day is as good as any in the competition.”
Queanbeyan Blues v Goulburn Workers Bulldogs, 3pm Saturday at Seiffert Oval
The undefeated Queanbeyan Blues will host the winless Goulburn Workers Bulldogs in what will be a repeat of the 2014 & 2015 grand finals.
The Blues are on a high after holding on to defeat fierce rivals, the Queanbeyan Kangaroos and will be looking to continue their hot start to the season by claiming three straight wins.
The Workers Bulldogs have shown plenty of promise but have nothing to show for their efforts with two straight losses.
Coming up against the form team of the competition, the Bulldogs will have their work cut out for them as they try to contain Terry Campese’s men.