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LIVE: Raiders v Tigers


By Chris Wilson

ANALYSIS: All the pre-game talk had been about make-shift halves, especially with Josh Dugan's move from fullback to five-eighth for the Raiders. But Dugan and the Raiders were given a lesson by Benji Marshall about how to control a match. Marshall was brilliant. He had three try assists and his kicking game was spot on in the wet. Marshall appears to be growing his beard as a superstition while the Tigers are on their winning streak. That tally now stands at six and if the Kiwi play-maker can maintain his form, he could even keep his whiskers when the Tigers take on the Melbourne Storm next Friday.

This week's team selections show Raiders coach David Furner is scrambling for answers to his team's horrible form. He shifted Dugan to five-eighth and Blake Ferguson to centre. But they provided no solutions. It was Canberra's worst performance of the year. Their handling was atrocious, even considering the conditions. How can they come back from that against the Knights next week? We'll see.

FULLTIME: Tigers win 40-0.

78min: Sorry, just realised I forgot to update the score. It's actually Tigers leading 40-0.

About the only thing Blake Ferguson might catch tonight is a cold. It's been an unhappy return to the NRL for the Country Origin rep.

The Raiders have only been held scoreless once at Canberra Stadium - that was a 26-0 loss to Melbourne in R19 last year. Can they at least break their duck? It's the only reason for Raiders fans to stay tuned.

72min: Lucky it's raining, because Benji's on fire. Marshall delivers his third try-assist of the game, going to the line and delivering a nice short pass for Liam Fulton to bust through and score. Marshall converts. Tigers lead 38-0.

69min: That could have been embarrassing. Reece Robinson gets back to a 65m kick from Benji Marshall to ground the ball in-goal, just before Beau Ryan can pounce for another try. Somebody throw in the towel. 

64min: Commentators curse! No sooner had Fox Sports commentary lauded the take of Reece Robinson as a rare "highlight'' for the Raiders, than Robinson had dropped the ball. In the ensuing set Marshall grubbers wide for Matt Utai to score in the corner. Marshall converts. Tigers lead 34-0. 

61min: I felt I should write something. But not much to report really. Iosefa is on for his return to the NRL with the Tigers if anyone's still interested in this one.

53min: In case you were waiting for an answer, there were no rewards coming for the Raiders. Shaun Berrigan commits a forward pass from dummy-half.

52min: Here's some good news for Raiders fans, they've forced consecutive sets. First with a smart kick into the in-goal from Dugan, then another from Josh McCrone. Can they get any rewards?

47min: He might be funny, but Beau Ryan is no joke. Ryan beats six Raiders defenders - if you count Josh Dugan twice, then grubbers through for Chris Lawrence to score in the corner. Only Beau Knows how much the Tigers will will this match by. Marshall misses his first conversion, from the sideline mind you. Tigers lead 30-0.

41min: The Raiders were no doubt told to steady down at half-time and control possession. Advice ignored. Sam Mataora throws a ridiculous pass first tackle after the re-start and Dugan knocks on. The Tigers pounce immediately, Marshall grubbering through for Beau Ryan to score an uncontested try. Is there a mercy rule in this game? Marshall converts. Tigers lead 26-0.

When I say Josh Dugan has egg on his face, I'm talking about the massive lump on his noggin not his performance so far. It's difficult to gauge whether his move to five-eighth will be successful for the Raiders because he's had absolutely no opportunity in attack. He aimed up early in defence with some good shots, but he's had no impact on this game so far.

HALF-TIME: The Tigers are completely dominating this match, leading 20-0 at the break. The visitors haven't had to do anything spectacular at all, their three tries have come from nothing more than basic hit-ups. The Raiders have been woeful in attack. They're no chance of catching the Tigers in this one if they can't start catching the ball. The Tigers have had 64 per cent possession. The only highlights for the Raiders are those under Jarrod Croker's headgear.

38min: The horror! The Raiders win a penalty in attacking position, but Dane Tilse spills it on the first tackle.

35min: Oh, you really have to feel for the Raiders fans sitting out in the rain and suffering through this. Having finally forced a repeat set against the Tigers, Benji Marshall executes a short-drop out and wins back possession for the Tigers. Then another penalty to the Tigers. This is one-way traffic at the moment.

30min: The Raiders are killing themselves with handling errors and bad discipline. The Tigers are dominating with 65 per cent of possession. This time Ben Murdoch-Masila, running just one pass out, simply barges through Canberra's insipid defence. Marshall coverts and it's raining points. Tigers lead 20-0.

25min: Recalled after a one-match ban for an alcohol breach, Ferguson isn't making up for it early in this one. That's his second handling error in his own half, putting the Raiders under more pressure.

23min: Robbie Farah conducts a simple run-around play from dummy half, but the Raiders' left-side defence baulks on their own line. Farah takes advantage sliding across for a simple Tigers try. Marshall converts from out wide. Tigers lead 14-0.

21min: The Raiders can't maintain pressure, David Shillington this time guilty of spilling to ball while Canberra is on the attack. Another penalty gives the Tigers a free pass out of their own area.

18min: The Raiders make a meal of Benji Marshall's bomb, Josh Dugan knocking it forward to Shaun Fensom in an offside position. Marshall kicks a penalty goal. Tigers lead 8-0.

14min: Blake Ferguson drops the ball first pass from a scrum on the Raiders line. And the Tigers accept the invitation. The Tigers shift side to side until Curtis Sironen decides to straighten the attack, dragging a couple of Raiders defenders across the tryline. Benji Marshall converts. Tigers lead 6-0.

8min: Raiders blow a good opportunity on the Tigers' line, Josh McCrone losing possession with a sloppy play-the-ball. It's the third error in the play-the-ball this game already. Both teams need to get back to basics.

6min: Shaun Fensom gives away consecutive penalties. The Raiders are are pressure now.

2min: Josh Dugan's first play as an NRL five-eighth is a shocker, kicking the ball well dead from a grubber.

1min: Slippery conditions and it took only 30 seconds for the first error. Benji Marshall loses control playing the ball. Raiders on the attack

Keith Galloway leads the Tigers out to celebrate his 150th game. He's looking to lead the way and put his his hand up for Origin too. He'll have to beat Raiders prop Tom Learoyd-Lahrs, who's also desperate for a recall with the Blues.

There's talk that the ACT Government is exploring the possibility of building a covered stadium in Canberra by the end of the decade. It can't come quick enough for these hardy Raiders fans, who are again braving some miserable conditions. Can the Green Machine finally give them something to cheer about, given the Raiders have won only 6 of their last 17 at Canberra Stadium?

PREAMBLE: The Tigers have made some late changes to their squad, promoting legend Paul Sironen's son Curtis to five-eighth. It should make for an interesting battle in the halves, with Canberra fullback Josh Dugan named to start at five-eighth for the Raiders. In another late switch, Tigers coach Tim Sheens will give former Penrith hooker Masada Iosefa his first start with the club from the bench. Iosefa was actually playing for the Raiders' NSW Cup feeder team the Mounties, but the Tigers pinched him from under their noses. The Raiders have dropped Kiwi international Bronson Harrison off their five-man bench.

It's wet and it's cold, just the kind of conditions that the Canberra Raiders have become accustomed to at home this season. The Raiders certainly need home conditions on their side if they're to halt a red-hot Tigers outfit searching for its sixth win on the trot.


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NRL Season 2015

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PAR 42vs MAN 12 Report Report Stats
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NEW 24vs NZW 14 Report Stats
GCT 18vs WST 19 Report Stats
NQL 4vs SYD 28 Report Stats
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PEN 24vs CBY 18 Report Stats
CRO 20vs CBR 24 Report Stats
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STG 4vs MEL 12 Report Stats
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CBY 32vs PAR 12 Report Stats
CRO 2vs BRI 10 Report Stats
Sat, 14 MarTimes shown AEDT
PEN 40vs GCT 0 Report Stats
MAN 24vs MEL 22 Stats
NQL 14vs NEW 16 Report Stats
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SOU 34vs SYD 26 Stats
CBR 6vs NZW 18 Report Stats
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WST 22vs STG 4 Stats
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MAN 12vs CBY 16 Report Stats
BRI 44vs NQL 22 Report Stats
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NZW 29vs PAR 16 Report Stats
CBR 20vs STG 22 Report Stats
MEL 36vs CRO 18 Report Stats
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SOU 20vs WST 6 Report Stats
GCT 18vs NEW 20 Report Stats
Mon, 23 MarTimes shown AEDT
SYD 20vs PEN 12 Report Stats
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Round 4
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PAR 29vs SOU 16 Report Stats
WST 24vs CBY 25 Report Stats
Sat, 28 MarTimes shown AEDT
NEW 26vs PEN 14 Report Stats
CRO 22vs GCT 24 Report Stats
STG 12vs MAN 4 Report Stats
Sun, 29 MarTimes shown AEDT
NZW 16vs BRI 24 Report Stats
SYD 34vs CBR 6 Report Stats
Mon, 30 MarTimes shown AEDT
NQL 18vs MEL 17 Stats
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CBY 17vs SOU 18 Report Stats
GCT 16vs BRI 26 Report Stats
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MAN 16vs CBR 29 Report Stats
NEW 0vs STG 13 Report Stats
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SYD 12vs CRO 20 Report Stats
Mon, 06 AprTimes shown AEST
PAR 6vs WST 22 Report Stats
MEL 30vs NZW 14 Report Stats
PEN 10vs NQL 30 Report Stats
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Fri, 10 AprTimes shown AEST
BRI 22vs SYD 18 Report Stats
CRO 22vs NEW 6 Report Stats
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PAR 16vs GCT 38 Report Stats
NZW 32vs WST 22 Report Stats
PEN 22vs MAN 12 Report Stats
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CBR 10vs MEL 14 Stats
STG 31vs CBY 6 Stats
Mon, 13 AprTimes shown AEST
SOU 12vs NQL 30 Report Stats
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Fri, 17 AprTimes shown AEST
CBY 28vs MAN 16 Report Stats
STG 12vs BRI 10 Report Stats
Sat, 18 AprTimes shown AEST
GCT 32vs PEN 6 Report Stats
NQL 28vs NZW 24 Report Stats
MEL 17vs SYD 16 Report Stats
Sun, 19 AprTimes shown AEST
WST 22vs CBR 30 Report Stats
NEW 22vs PAR 28 Report Stats
Mon, 20 AprTimes shown AEST
CRO 18vs SOU 10 Stats
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Fri, 24 AprTimes shown AEST
CBY 14vs WST 38 Stats
Sat, 25 AprTimes shown AEST
NZW 28vs GCT 32 Report Stats
NEW 24vs NQL 26 Report Stats
SYD 12vs STG 14 Report Stats
MEL 10vs MAN 12 Stats
BRI 28vs PAR 16 Stats
Sun, 26 AprTimes shown AEST
PEN 26vs CRO 18 Stats
SOU 22vs CBR 30 Stats
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Round 9
Fri, 08 MayTimes shown AEST
BRI 8vs PEN 5 Report Stats
SYD 36vs WST 4 Stats
Sat, 09 MayTimes shown AEST
CBR 56vs GCT 16 Stats
CRO 16vs NZW 20 Stats
NQL 23vs CBY 16 Stats
Sun, 10 MayTimes shown AEST
MAN 30vs NEW 10 Stats
PAR 10vs MEL 28 Stats
Mon, 11 MayTimes shown AEST
SOU 16vs STG 10 Stats
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Round 10
Fri, 15 MayTimes shown AEST
CBY 10vs SYD 24 Stats
NQL 31vs BRI 20 Stats
Sat, 16 MayTimes shown AEST
PAR 13vs NZW 17 Report Stats
GCT 22vs CRO 23 Report Stats
MEL 16vs SOU 12 Stats
Sun, 17 MayTimes shown AEST
STG 32vs CBR 18 Report Stats
NEW 22vs WST 12 Stats
Mon, 18 MayTimes shown AEST
MAN 10vs PEN 11 Stats
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Round 11
Fri, 22 MayTimes shown AEST
SOU 14vs PAR 12 Report Stats
Sat, 23 MayTimes shown AEST
WST 0vs NQL 8 Stats
Sun, 24 MayTimes shown AEST
CBR 34vs CBY 41 Stats
Mon, 25 MayTimes shown AEST
NEW 18vs BRI 31 Stats
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Round 12
Fri, 29 MayTimes shown AEST
PEN 20vs PAR 26 Stats
Sat, 30 MayTimes shown AEST
GCT 16vs SOU 22 Report Stats
CBR 12vs BRI 24 Stats
NQL 18vs MAN 14 Report Stats
Sun, 31 MayTimes shown AEST
NZW 24vs NEW 20 Stats
STG 42vs CRO 6 Stats
Mon, 01 JunTimes shown AEST
SYD 24vs MEL 2 Report Stats
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Round 13
Fri, 05 JunTimes shown AEST
BRI 44vs MAN 10 Report Stats
WST 20vs GCT 27 Report Stats
Sat, 06 JunTimes shown AEST
NEW 22vs CBR 44 Stats
SOU 36vs NZW 4 Stats
PEN 0vs MEL 20 Report Stats
Sun, 07 JunTimes shown AEST
CRO 10vs SYD 4 Stats
Mon, 08 JunTimes shown AEST
CBY 29vs STG 16 Stats
PAR 30vs NQL 36 Report Stats
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Fri, 12 JunTimes shown AEST
WST 34vs SOU 6 Report Stats
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NZW 21vs SYD 25 Report Stats
Sun, 14 JunTimes shown AEST
GCT 28vs CBY 14 Stats
Mon, 15 JunTimes shown AEST
MEL 22vs PAR 26 Report Stats
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Round 15
Fri, 19 JunTimes shown AEST
MAN 30vs WST 20 Report Stats
Sat, 20 JunTimes shown AEST
CBR 20vs NQL 21 Report Stats
GCT 14vs NZW 36 Report Stats
CBY 24vs PEN 12 Report Stats
Sun, 21 JunTimes shown AEST
NEW 28vs CRO 30 Report Stats
MEL 12vs BRI 14 Report Stats
Mon, 22 JunTimes shown AEST
STG 14vs SYD 19 Report Stats
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Round 16
Fri, 26 JunTimes shown AEST
BRI 44vs NEW 22 Stats
SOU 20vs MAN 8 Report Stats
Sat, 27 JunTimes shown AEST
NZW 30vs CBR 8 Stats
NQL 18vs CRO 24 Report Stats
PAR 16vs STG 12 Report Stats
Sun, 28 JunTimes shown AEST
SYD 20vs GCT 10 Stats
WST 12vs PEN 35 Stats
Mon, 29 JunTimes shown AEST
CBY 20vs MEL 4 Report Stats
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Round 17
Fri, 03 JulTimes shown AEST
PEN 20vs SOU 6 Report Stats
Sat, 04 JulTimes shown AEST
STG 12vs NQL 18 Report Stats
Sun, 05 JulTimes shown AEST
MAN 28vs CRO 16 Report Stats
Mon, 06 JulTimes shown AEST
WST 16vs PAR 28 Stats
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Round 18
Fri, 10 JulTimes shown AEST
CBR 36vs NEW 22 Stats
Sat, 11 JulTimes shown AEST
PEN 4vs SYD 24 Stats
CBY 8vs BRI 16 Stats
Sun, 12 JulTimes shown AEST
NZW 28vs MEL 14 Report Stats
CRO 28vs STG 8 Report Stats
Mon, 13 JulTimes shown AEST
GCT 6vs MAN 38 Stats
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Round 19
Fri, 17 JulTimes shown AEST
PAR 4vs CBY 28 Report Stats
MEL 52vs PEN 10 Report Stats
Sat, 18 JulTimes shown AEST
CBR 20vs CRO 21 Report Stats
NEW 30vs GCT 2 Report Stats
STG 8vs SOU 24 Report Stats
Sun, 19 JulTimes shown AEST
SYD 24vs NZW 0 Report Stats
BRI 42vs WST 16 Stats
Mon, 20 JulTimes shown AEST
MAN 12vs NQL 30 Stats
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Round 20
Fri, 24 JulTimes shown AEST
BRI 34vs GCT 0 Report Stats
WST 8vs SYD 33 Stats
Sat, 25 JulTimes shown AEST
NZW 12vs MAN 32 Stats
MEL 22vs STG 4 Stats
SOU 52vs NEW 6 Stats
Sun, 26 JulTimes shown AEST
PEN 24vs CBR 34 Report Stats
CBY 16vs CRO 18 Report Stats
Mon, 27 JulTimes shown AEST
NQL 46vs PAR 4 Stats
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Round 21
Fri, 31 JulTimes shown AEST
SYD 38vs CBY 28 Report Stats
WST 34vs MEL 16 Report Stats
Sat, 01 AugTimes shown AEST
NZW 14vs CRO 18 Stats
NQL 32vs CBR 24 Stats
MAN 44vs BRI 14 Stats
Sun, 02 AugTimes shown AEST
STG 46vs NEW 24 Stats
SOU 20vs PEN 16 Report Stats
Mon, 03 AugTimes shown AEST
GCT 24vs PAR 14 Stats
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Round 22
Fri, 07 AugTimes shown AEST
BRI 16vs CBY 18 Report Stats
MAN 28vs SOU 8 Stats
Sat, 08 AugTimes shown AEST
NZW 0vs STG 36 Stats
CRO 30vs NQL 18 Stats
PAR 10vs PEN 4 Stats
Sun, 09 AugTimes shown AEST
MEL 36vs GCT 14 Report Stats
NEW 22vs SYD 38 Report Stats
Mon, 10 AugTimes shown AEST
CBR 18vs WST 20 Stats
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Round 23
Thu, 13 AugTimes shown AEST
NQL 18vs SOU 31 Stats
Fri, 14 AugTimes shown AEST
BRI 32vs STG 6 Report Stats
Sat, 15 AugTimes shown AEST
WST 18vs NEW 24 Stats
PEN 24vs NZW 10 Stats
SYD 28vs PAR 18 Stats
Sun, 16 AugTimes shown AEST
CBR 24vs MAN 26 Stats
CBY 36vs GCT 14 Report Stats
Mon, 17 AugTimes shown AEST
CRO 2vs MEL 30 Stats
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Round 24
Thu, 20 AugTimes shown AEST
STG 19vs PEN 12 Report Stats
Fri, 21 AugTimes shown AEST
SOU 18vs CBY 32 Report Stats
Sat, 22 AugTimes shown AEST
CRO 40vs WST 18 Report Stats
NZW 16vs NQL 50 Report Stats
SYD 12vs BRI 10 Report Stats
Sun, 23 AugTimes shown AEST
GCT 28vs CBR 12 Stats
MAN 16vs PAR 20 Report Stats
Mon, 24 AugTimes shown AEST
MEL 6vs NEW 20 Report Stats
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Round 25
Thu, 27 AugTimes shown AEST
SOU 12vs BRI 47 Report Stats
Fri, 28 AugTimes shown AEST
MAN 10vs SYD 46 Report Stats
Sat, 29 AugTimes shown AEST
PAR 28vs CRO 35 Stats
NEW 18vs CBY 20 Stats
MEL 14vs NQL 6 Report Stats
Sun, 30 AugTimes shown AEST
WST 50vs NZW 16 Report Stats
GCT 28vs STG 26 Stats
Mon, 31 AugTimes shown AEST
CBR 34vs PEN 18 Stats
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Round 26
Thu, 03 SepTimes shown AEST
BRI 8vs MEL 15 Report Stats
Fri, 04 SepTimes shown AEST
SYD 30vs SOU 0 Report Stats
Sat, 05 SepTimes shown AEST
PEN 30vs NEW 12 Stats
STG 32vs WST 30 Stats
NQL 42vs GCT 12 Stats
Sun, 06 SepTimes shown AEST
PAR 24vs CBR 28 Stats
CRO 12vs MAN 14 Stats
CBY 26vs NZW 22 Stats
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Telstra Premiership Finals Round 1
Fri, 11 SepTimes shown AEST
SYD 18vs MEL 20 Report Stats
Sat, 12 SepTimes shown AEST
CBY 11vs STG 10 Report Stats
BRI 16vs NQL 12 Report Stats
Sun, 13 SepTimes shown AEST
CRO 28vs SOU 12 Report Stats
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Telstra Premiership Finals Round 2
Fri, 18 SepTimes shown AEST
SYD 38vs CBY 12 Report Stats
Sat, 19 SepTimes shown AEST
NQL 39vs CRO 0 Report Stats
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Telstra Premiership Finals Round 3
Fri, 25 SepTimes shown AEST
BRI 31vs SYD 12 Stats
Sat, 26 SepTimes shown AEST
MEL 12vs NQL 32 Stats
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Telstra Premiership Finals Round 4
Sun, 04 OctTimes shown AEDT
BRI 16vs NQL 17 Report Stats
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NRL Ladder 2015
Overall standings
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Sydney Roosters 24 18 6 0 40
Brisbane Broncos 24 17 7 0 38
North Queensland Cowboys 24 17 7 0 38
Melbourne Storm 24 14 10 0 32
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 24 14 10 0 32
Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 24 14 10 0 32
South Sydney Rabbitohs 24 13 11 0 30
St George-Illawarra Dragons 24 12 12 0 28
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