Canberra Raiders 2019 NRL Season Preview & Analysis
The Raiders were one of the disappointments of last year and are looking for a bounce-back season in 2019.
Finished in 2018: 10th (10 wins, 14 losses)
Key ins: John Bateman (Wigan), JJ Felise (Knights), Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad (Warriors)
Key outs: Shannon Boyd (Titans) Junior Paulo (Eels), Blake Austin (Warrington), Charlie Gubb (Widnes, Craig Garvey (Roosters)
Coach: Ricky Stuart
Captain(s): Jarrod Croker
Summary: The Raiders boast one of the most potent offences in the competition. It was only 2016 when the Raiders went toe to toe with the Storm and only came 2-points short of a major upset. Blown leads, poor defensive reads and an individualistic rather than a team mentality has cost Ricky Stuart’s men throughout each of the last two seasons. 2019 signals an opportunity for the Raiders to build on their impressive finish to the 2018 campaign which saw wins over the Rabbits and eventual champions Roosters. Having Hodgson back from the start of the season shouldn’t be understated. His impact is tremendous in the spine, especially given the inexperience of Canberra’s halves. If this team promises punters to fix their leaky defence, then the $21* they’re priced at is a steal. If not, expect another disappointing season and likely Ricky’s last at the nation’s capital.
Key stat: The Raiders ranked #5 in tries and #3 in linebreaks in 2018.
Round 1: Titans v Raiders
Sunday, 17 March, 6:30 PM – Cbus Super Stadium
|Gold Coast Titans – $1.95*|
|Canberra Raiders – $1.95*|
Best Dally M Chance: Josh Hodgson
*Prices correct at time of publishing