NRL Match Preview: Key match-ups v Canberra

HEAD TO HEAD: Played 25 - Wests Tigers 15, Canberra 10

AT CAMPBELLTOWN SPORTS STADIUM: Played 7 - Wests Tigers 5, Canberra 2

LAST TIME: 2012 - Wests Tigers 40 defeated Canberra 0 at Canberra Stadium

BIGGEST HEAD TO HEAD WINS: Wests Tigers 40 defeated Canberra 0 at Canberra Stadium (2012).

Canberra 26 defeated Wests Tigers 6 at Canberra Stadium (2002).



James Tedesco v Reece Robinson


Two in-form players go head to head this weekend at Campbelltown Sports Stadium in the battle of the fullbacks. Both James Tedesco and Reece Robinson are exciting in their own right, with this match-up being a treat for any Rugby League fanatic.


Tedesco will wear Camden Rams socks tomorrow night as part of Junior League Appreciation Week, with the evasive number one excited to be back on the field after missing the win over Penrith. A late inclusion for the Broncos match, Tedesco was a stand out with 18 runs for 160 metres and showed great urgency to score a try off a Liam Fulton grubber. Averaging 115 metres per game in 2013, Tedesco is hoping to pull on the Italian jersey in this years World Cup alongside Anthony Minichiello, Craig Gower and Anthony Laffranchi.


Robinson has been a sensation at the back for the Raiders since the mid-season departure of Josh Dugan. Robinson has scored five tries as the Raiders marched their way into the top eight. Last week against the Panthers, Robinson made 18 runs for 149 metres, one line-break and crossed the line for a try. In an impressive 2013 season, Robinson has averaged 142 metres per game and was selected for City team before being ruled out through injury.


Curtis Sironen v Josh McCrone


Up and coming playmakers Curtis Sironen and Josh McCrone go head to head for the second time in 2013 after opposing each other in the City-Country fixture earlier this year in Coffs Harbour.


Sironen will represent both of his junior clubs by pulling on North Ryde Hawks and Dundas Shamrocks socks in the game tomorrow night. Lining up alongside Benji Marshall in the halves, Sironen will play just his 15th NRL game against the Raiders. Sironen is not afraid to get in and do the hard work, making 26 tackles against the Broncos on Monday night and averaging 21 per game in 2013.


Forming a lethal halves combination with Captain Terry Campese, McCrones impressive 2013 season was highlighted with a standout display in the City-Country game, leading the Country side to a 18-12 victory. McCrone scored one of the most bizarre tries last week against Penrith, firing a bullet pass into Josh Papaliis head and collecting the rebound to score under the posts. Playing all 26 Raiders matches in 2012, McCrone is yet to miss a game in 2013 either.


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Sauaso Sue v Shaun Fensom


Raiders workhorse Shaun Fensom comes up against Wests Tigers young gun Sauaso Sue in what will be a key battle in the middle. With both sides missing their Origin stars, both these players will need to lift if their side is to walk away with the two points.


An injury to Braith Anasta opens the door for Sue to return into the starting side, this time at lock. Since making his NRL debut in Round 6 against the Dragons, Sue has impressed Coach Mick Potter with solid performances in each game since. A Macquarie Fields junior, Sue had one of his better performances last week against Brisbane with 26 tackles, 9 runs for 85 metres and a barnstorming try under the posts.


Packing down opposite to Sue is tackling machine Shaun Fensom. Last week was just an average outing for the Bellingen-Dorrigo Magpies junior; boasting 53 tackles, 16 runs for 96 metres and 3 offloads. Fensom has averaged 46 tackles in 2013 and has a handy offload getting away 16 in just 13 matches. With fellow back-row teammate Josh Papalii missing due to Origin duties, Fensom look to fill the void with another solid performance.