One-Eyed Canberra Raiders Grand Final Preview

Don’t want no red, don’t want no blue.

There’s just one colour, that’ll do.

The mighty Green Machine take the field on Sunday to bring the trophy home to the greatest city in Australia the world – Canberra!

There might be 80-minutes of footy left to play, but we’re prepared to go the early crow against the Roosters as our boys poach the premiership from Trent Robinson’s sweaty hands.

Nothing beats a good roast chook on a Sunday, especially with a little bad and mean, GREEN MACHINE on the side. Get on board or be left behind.

 

As Easy as ACT
Raiders 1-12 @ $4.25

Us Canberrans are a simple bunch, but we’re also realists.

Winning a game against the Roosters won’t come easy, and while we know our fourth premiership is in the bag, we also know it’s going to come close.

Truth be told, we’ve had a gutful of the Roosters. Full credit to Cooper Cronk – great bloke, even better player. But we really hope he has a bit of a Barry Crocker as we send him off with a loss.

ANZ Stadium best be ready for 40,000+ Raiders fans on Sunday, and the same goes for you, Latrell Mitchell.

Hats off, you’ve gotten the better of us so far with three tries in two games. You’ll have your hands full with Jarrod Croker on Sunday though as our captain cements his legacy in his 257th game.

Oh, and how could we forget our good mate Jimmy Tedesco. That 2015 season feels like a long time ago, but we Canberrans still remember your last-minute backflip to remain at the Tigers. Then again, not to worry – Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad looks better in the No. 1 anyway.

You tri-colour twats may have won both games over us this season, but did you know we’ve won five games on the road by 1-12 points? Actually, here’s a stat: we’re also undefeated at ANZ Stadium this year.

All Day Like CNK
Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad First Try Scorer @ $21.00

We know some of you Sydneysiders are a little on the slow side, so we’ll refresh your memory by providing all the important numbers below:

Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad vs the Roosters in 2019:

  • One try
  • 11 tackle breaks
  • 52 post-contact metres

Okay, so Tedesco’s numbers are probably better. But Nicoll-Klokstad has easily been one of the most underrated fullbacks all season.

Our Kiwi boy leads the team in metres gained this season with a whopping 4,023 – which by the way, ranks fourth behind Ken Maumalo, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck and Tedesco. And while you guys spend most of your time focusing on Jarrod Croker and Jordan Rapana, we’re willing to bet CNK slips through the cracks.

I Love it When You Call Me Big Papa
Josh Papalii Clive Churchill Medal Winner @ $17.00

Sleep on Papalii all you like, but we’re all over the $17.00 odds for him to become the clubs fourth Clive Churchill winner.

It’s been a big season for our star prop playing in all three Origin games before scoring a game-winning try against the Storm in Round 22. He was a standout in the Queensland side and shouldn’t be hard to spot as he lays down some big hits on the Roosters this weekend.

Paps has become a crowd favourite in his eighth year with the club in more ways than one. It’s been a rough journey for the big fella, but after shedding some kilos and training a little harder, he’s easily developed into one of the most influential players in the game.

The Raiders are as blue collar as it gets, unlike you Sydney private school boys. We’re all about the rags to riches story, and after a remarkable turnaround season, Paps is a shoo-in to join Bradley Clyde, Ricky Stuart and David Furner on the list of all-time Grand Final greats.

Air Jordan
Jordan Rapana to Score More Tries Than Brett Morris @ $2.10

We’ll be the first to admit it’s been a quiet year for Jordy Rapana. Then again, he often saves his best for the big occasion.

Just a reminder Roosters fans: you’re dealing with the 2017 Dally M Winger of the Year winner on Sunday.

We were glad to see Rapana don the green earlier than expected following last year’s shoulder injury, and after scoring a pair of tries in his 100th game (as well as one against the Roosters back in Round 21), we’re extremely confident he can beat Brett Morris to the scoreboard this weekend.