National Rugby League NRL 2015 Live Canberra Raiders vs Penrith Panthers Stream NRL match will be kick off at Canberra Stadium, Canberra, Australia, Australia Monday 31 August 2015 online, 19.30 pm (AEDT) and its broadcast on Channel Nine, Fox Sports, FOX Sports 2 & FOX Soccer Plus,Premier Sports.
The final Monday night game of the season will feature two teams well out of finals contention with Canberra and Penrith meeting 25 years on from their first Grand Final meeting in 1990.
Canberra centre Joey Leilua has again been suspended meaning Brenko Lee comes into the side for the first time this year. Penrith’s injury woes continue with Elijah Taylor done for the season, which has forced a reshuffle that sees Waqa Blake back in first grade, Isaah Yeo back in the pack, Api Koroisau at five-eighth and James Segeyaro starting at hooker.
Canberra and Penrith have an extremely close rivalry through their 23-year history with the Panthers winning 33, the Raiders 32 and one draw. The Panthers have won five of the last eight games. The teams met in Round 20 at Penrith with the Raiders winning 34-24. The Panthers have won three of the last five in Canberra. The last two matches have tallied over 46 points. Bench forward Paul Vaughan has scored four tries in his last four games against Penrith. Raider Blake Austin is a former Panther.
Canberra are down to 12th on the ladder despite having the ninth best differential in the NRL. The Raiders have dropped their last four and have no conceded 20-plus in 13 straight matches. Canberra have won just three of their last 13. At home this year they are a horrid 2-9. Against teams outside the eight they are 6-5 while in games decided by four points or less they are 0-7. Penrith also have an 8-14 record and are 13th on the ladder with the 11th best differential. The Panthers have won just one of their last seven – a home win over the Warriors – but have not conceded 20 points in their last four. Penrith have the worst attack in the NRL. On the road this year they are 3-9 while against teams outside the Top 8 they are 5-5.
Josh Hodgson and James Segeyaro are two extremely dangerous hookers when on song and will be looking to have a big impact on this one. Hodgson has been an outstanding buy for Canberra and ranks second in try assists for the club with nine and fourth in offloads with 18. With a great workrate he has been a steal. Segeyaro is a different type of player and has had a stop-start season but remains the most dangerous running rake in the game. With 80 minutes likely, he will need to be sharp all night.
Canberra are 11-11 ATS this season and 13-9 over while Penrith are 11-11 ATS with a 15-7 under record. The Raiders have covered just six of their last 16 at home and have covered just four of their last 15 as a home favourite. Penrith have covered five of their last seven as a road outsider and are 13-9 ATS getting more than a try on the road since 2013. Canberra are 1-3 ATS on Mondays the last three years while Penrith are 3-5 ATS. Canberra are 18-8 over off a double digit loss.
Motivation is huge in this one. If Canberra were interested in winning they could lap the Panthers given Penrith’s injury toll but their attitude against Gold Coast was abhorrent last week and with their season done and dusted – and Ricky Stuart missing the finals yet again – there is no assurance that they will turn up, even at home where they have managed just two wins all year. The Panthers, for their position on the ladder, have rarely given in and won’t hand the Raiders a win. With a decent start Penrith look a play.
Canberra Raiders: 1 Jack Wighton 2 Edrick Lee 3 Jarrod Croker (c) 4 Brenko Lee 5 Sisa Waqa 6 Blake Austin 7 Sam Williams 8 Frank Paul Nuuausala 9 Josh Hodgson 10 David Shillington 11 Josh Papalii 12 Jarrad Kennedy 13 Shaun Fensom.
Interchange: 14 Kurt Baptiste 15 Luke Bateman 16 Paul Vaughan 17 Shannon Boyd
Penrith Panthers: 1 Will Smith 2 Josh Mansour 3 Waqa Blake 4 Lewis Brown 5 David Simmons 6 Apisai Koroisau 7 Jamie Soward 8 Sam McKendry 9 James Segeyaro 10 Reagan Campbell-Gillard 11 Bryce Cartwright 12 Tyrone Peachey 13 Isaah Yeo.
Interchange: 14 Tupou Sopoaga 15 Jeremy Latimore 16 Leilani Latu 17 Sika Manu