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globalrugbyleague - Sat, 24 Jan 2009 09:01:00 GMT
Sweaty rugby league fans will enjoy
a free sauna this weekend as the first NRL trial game kicks off amongst a busy
calendar of sporting events across the country.

Tonight the Cronulla Sharks are
guests to the Canberra Raiders in temperatures which could reach as high as 31
degrees despite isolated morning showers in the ACT region.









Conditions are expected to be fine
come kick-off though fans in attendance can expect some gusty northwest to southwest
winds which may impact upon the kicking
success rate of both teams.



Raiders
v Sharks
January 24
Seiffet oval



In the first official match the
Raiders play under new coach David Furner, the green machine will be hoping to
replicate some of the enterprising attack that won them the support of footy
fans in general at the end of the 2008 season.



You get the feeling we haven’t seen the
best of the Raiders yet and one wonders what gems they’ve been hiding in their
junior ranks. Could we see a David Warner type talent unveiled tonight?



Cronulla – coming off the back of a
scoreless loss to Melbourne in last year’s preliminary final at Aussie Stadium –
will look to bounce back.They'll attempt to do so with a young and inexperienced side, made up of
Toyota Cup under 20's talent including the likes of Ben Orcher, Jack Bosden,
Ben Ferguson and Nathan Stapleton.



This is
the first of three trial games for both clubs.
MY VERDICT:



My tip favours the Raiders who traditionally do well in the pre-season. Last year they
won two of their three trial games while the Sharks suffered two straight
losses including a 44-0 thumping at the
hands of South Sydney.



Sharks:



1 - Ben
Orcher, 2 - Blake Ferguson, 3 - Nathan Stapleton, 4 - Ricky Leutele, 5 - Phil
Latu, 6 - Shane Pumipi, 7 - Jonathan Tavinor, 8 - Jonny Mannah - Blake
Williamson, 9 - Terence Seu Seu - Tony Caine, 10 - Joe Falamaka - Ryan
Verlinden, 11 - Atelea Vea, 12 - Jack Bosden, 13 - Aiden Howard



Canberra:
TBA



Trial Schedule:



2pm: Harold Mathews Trial – Raiders V
Sharks
4pm: SG Ball Trial – Raiders V
Sharks
6pm: NRL/Toyota Cup Trial – Raiders V
Sharks





UPCOMING
TRIALS



























Broncos
v Wide Bay Selection
February
7th
Albert Park
GRL Tip: Wide Bay Selection



Rabbitohs v Wests Tigers
Sunday 8th
Redfern Oval
GRL Tip: Rabbitohs



Warriors
v Storm
February 12th
Waikato Stadium
GRL Tip: Warriors



February 14th
Dragons v Roosters
Members Equity Stadium
GRL Tip: Dragons



























Eels
v Panthers
Exies Oval
GRL Tip: Eels


Rabbitohs v Panthers
BCU International Stadium
GRL Tip: Rabbitohs


Broncos v Titans
Kougari Oval
GRL Tip: Broncos



Storm v Knights
February
20th
VISY Park
GRL Tip: Storm



Saturday 21st










Broncos v Raiders
Dolphin Oval, Redcliffe,
GRL Tip: Raiders


Dragons v Bulldogs
WIN Stadium
GRL Tip: Dragons







Panthers
v Eels
CUA Stadium
GRL Tip: Panthers







































Titans
v Sharks
Richardson Park,
GRL Tip: Titans



February 22nd



Roosters
v Wests Tigers
SFS, Sydney
GRL Tip: Wests Tigers



Warriors
v Cowboys
North Harbour Stadium
GRL Tip: Cowboys



Harlequins
v Sea Eagles
The Stoop, London
GRL Tip: Sea Eagles



February 28th



Rabbitohs
v Dragons
ANZ Stadium
GRL Tip: Dragons



Raiders
v Bulldogs
Meakin Park
GRL Tip: Raiders




Storm v Broncos
Stockland Park
GRL Tip: Broncos







Knights
v Sharks
Baddeley Park
GRL Tip: Knights





Eels v Roosters
Bluetongue Stadium
GRL Tip: Roosters





Cowboys v Panthers
Barlow Park
GRL Tip: Panthers















Titans
v Warriors
Oaks Oval
GRL Tip: Warriors



March 1st


World Club Challenge
Leeds v Sea Eagles
(Elland Road, Leeds, United Kingdom)
GRL Tip: Sea Eagles



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