GIO Stadium will play host to Saturday's Round 3 NRL game between Canberra Raiders and New Zealand Warriors. The game kicks off at 3:00 pm with Canberra Raiders heading into the game as favourites with the bookmakers. Continue reading for our in-depth preview of the Canberra Raiders vs. New Zealand Warriors game and give you our free tips and bets.
When: Saturday March 27, 2021 at 3:00 pm
Where: GIO Stadium
Bet: Bet On This Match HERE
Canberra Raiders vs New Zealand Warriors Odds
Canberra Raiders vs New Zealand Warriors Preview
It’s tough to top Thursday and Friday night, but there’s no question Saturday’s showdown from Canberra could prove to be equally as exciting.
The Raiders have started the season a perfect 2-0, but they did leave a lot to be desired last week against the Sharks.
Canberra spent most of the second half defending their territory, a potential recipe for disaster against a hungry Warriors side looking to bounce back from a close call to the Knights.
Unfortunately for Warriors fans, all of the preseason hype looks to be moot.
Star five-eighth Chanel Harris-Tavita is set to miss up to 12 weeks with a fracture in his foot – a big loss for coach Nathan Brown with Euan Aitken on the sidelines for an equal amount of time.
On the Canberra front, there has been some positive news for Hudson Young with the second-rower pulling up fine from a suspected knee injury last week, while captain Jarrod Croker looks a chance at playing his first game of the year.
All things considered, backing against the Raiders at their home fortress isn’t advised, but there is a case to be made for New Zealand at least keeping this game close.
Canberra, much like last year, has struggled to string together two consistent halves this season, which leaves the current double=digit line looking a little generous.
On the flip side, the Warriors have typically been a very strong bet on the back of a loss covering in eight of their last 11 games.
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Canberra Raiders vs New Zealand Warriors Teams
1 Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad, 2 Bailey Simonsson, 3 Jarrod Croker, 4 Curtis Scott, 5 Jordan Rapana, 6 Jack Wighton, 7 George Williams, 8 Josh Papalii,, 9 Josh Hodgson, 10 Dunamis Lui, 11 Hudson Young, 12 Elliott Whitehead, 13 Joseph Tapine
1. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, 2. David Fusitu’a, 3. Adam Pompey, 4. Peta Hiku, 5. Ken Maumalo, 6. Kodi Nikorima, 7. Sean O’Sullivan, 8. Addin Fonua-Blake, 9. Wade Egan, 10. Bunty Afoa, 11. Eliesa Katoa, 12. Bailey Sironen, 13. Tohu Harris