The Raiders are still a long shot chance of making the top eight this year but they must win their match this round when they host the table-topping Dragons at Canberra Stadium on Sunday arvo.
In 11th spot on the ladder with 24 competition points the Raiders mathematically can still be here in September and Ladbrokes.com.au have them at $6 to ‘Make the Top 8’.
But a loss on Sunday will see all that come to an end and it is a huge game playing the competition leaders.
Canberra come into this match on the back of two straight wins ahead of the Panthers and the Bulldogs giving them five victories from their past six, and have the home ground advantage here.
Premiership favourites at $2.90 through Ladbrokes.com.au, St George have also won both their games over the past fortnight thrashing the Roosters and the Sea Eagles.
Obviously the Dragons are the favourites for Sunday at $1.65 to win through Ladbrokes.com.au, but at $2.25 the Raiders can’t be written off just yet.
The home side have more to play for and proved they could sleigh the Dragons back in Round 11 when they won by eight.
Still, with St George at nearly full strength with the return of skipper Ben Hornby and with the shield now in their sights, it is hard to go past the Red V’s here.
The Dragons are a classy and professional outfit and if they stay composed and aren’t too smug too early then they should hold on in a physical and close result.
But if you are looking for an upset the Green Machine could provide it as they have only been defeated by St George once since 2004 and are on a seven-straight winning streak in the ACT.
Whoever you back, expect a high scoring affair full of surprise plays.
Footy Tip of the Match – Dragons to be up by 5 – 8 point by halftime at $5.50 through Ladbrokes.com.au
Current Head-to-Head Odds:
Raiders $2.25 – Dragons $1.65 Ladbrokes.com.au
NRLleague Footy Tip of the Match:
The Dragons like to get off to a good early start to give them the advantage and after the Raiders got behind early against the Bulldogs before fighting back to win last week, we are tipping St George to be up by 5 – 8 points by half time at $5.50 through Ladbrokes.com.au.
Round 24 Raiders Team:
1. Josh Dugan 2. Joel Monaghan 3. Jarrod Croker 4. Adam Mogg 5. Daniel Vidot 6. Terry Campese 7. Josh McCrone 8. Tom Learoyd-Lahrs 9. Alan Tongue 10. David Shillington 11. Joe Picker 12. Bronson Harrison 13. Trevor Thurling
Bench: 14. Glen Buttriss 15. Danny Galea 16. Dane Tilse 17. Scott Logan
Reserve: 18. Shaun Fensom
Round 24 Dragons Team:
1. Darius Boyd 2. Brett Morris 3. Mark Gasnier 4. Matt Cooper 5. Jason Nightingale 6. Jamie Soward 7. Ben Hornby 8. Neville Costigan 9. Dean Young 10. Michael Weyman 11. Beau Scott 12. Ben Creagh 13. Jeremy Smith
Bench: 14. Luke Priddis 15. Trent Merrin 16. Matt Prior 17. Jarrod Saffy
Reserves: 18. Nick Emmett 19. Nathan Fien