Austbrokers Canberra Raiders Cup Round 7 Preview
Woden Valley Rams v Queanbeyan Blues, 3pm Saturday at Phillip District Oval
This week's live stream match kicks off this weekend's Canberra Raiders Cup action when the third-placed Rams host the table-topping Queanbeyan Blues at Phillip District on Saturday.
A win has proven elusive for Woden over the past three rounds, with the Rams having played out two draws and suffered a loss in what’s been nothing short of a rollercoaster of a ride in that time.
The Rams have an eye on overcoming a Blues outfit that powered through the Yass Magpies 20-4 on the weekend to remain as the only undefeated side this season.
Rams captain Sam Ferry is well aware of the threat the Blues pose.
“They’re just a quality side,” he said.
Tuggeranong Bushrangers v West Belconnen Warriors, 3pm Saturday at Greenway
Both the fifth-placed Tuggeranong Bushrangers and West Belconnen Warriors will be looking to remain in contention with the top four when they meet at Greenway on Saturday.
The Bushrangers played out the second Canberra Raiders Cup draw of the season when its match with the Woden Valley Rams resulted in a 16-all stalemate on the weekend.
They will face a Warriors outfit eyeing off a return to the winners’ circle after a 34-20 loss to the Belconnen United Sharks.
Yass Magpies v Queanbeyan Kangaroos, 3pm Saturday at Walker Park
The fourth-placed Magpies will look to consolidate their position in the top four when they meet the Queanbeyan Kangaroos at Walker Park on Saturday.
They will have to bounce back from their 20-4 defeat at the hands of the clinical Blues on the weekend, a task that won’t come easy against a high-flying Kangaroos side feeling fresh off the back of a bye.
Perched in second on the ladder, they have only dropped one game in 2017 and have run in a half-century of points in each of their last two outings.
Magpies halfback Scott Naughton expects the game to be won and lost in the forwards.
“I think in the forwards,” Naughton said. “They’ve got a big, physical pack. If our boys can match it with them I think we’re within half a chance.”
Goulburn Workers Bulldogs v Belconnen United Sharks, 2pm Sunday at Workers Arena
In the final Round 7 fixture, a bottom-of-the-table clash will play out when the Goulburn Workers Bulldogs play host to the Belconnen United Sharks at Workers Arena on Sunday.
The Bulldogs and Sharks may both be floundering at the bottom of the ladder, but both recorded wins on the weekend.
The Bulldogs clinched their second win from six starts in disposing of the Gungahlin Bulls 32-24 away from home, while the Sharks snagged their first win of the season in their 34-20 win over the reigning premiers.
Bulldogs prop Sam Conlon said his side will have to be switched on from kick-off on Sunday.
“They’re a real confidence team,” Conlon said. “It’s not just the fact they’ve had a win."
"If you don’t aim up and compete early they’re a chance of getting away from you. The fact that they’ve come off a good win against Westies is huge for them.”
Gungahlin will enjoy a bye this weekend.