The Raiders versus Panthers clash promises to be highly entertaining, says Brad Fittler
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Ahead of Saturday night's huge semi-final clash at GIO Stadium between Canberra and Penrith, Brad Fittler insists the Raiders must make full use of their scoring opportunities. The Raiders dominated much of last week's qualifying final yet failed to capitalise and paid the price.
"Canberra … I can't believe they didn't win that game," Fittler told Sportsfan's Will McCloy.
They had all the ball and just ran over the top of Cronulla [but] just couldn't score."
"They seemed to get too close to the line."
"I think Canberra will say: 'If we do the same thing … once we've got them on their knees, we need to put them away.'"
Fittler sees the return of Canberra five-eighth Blake Austin from a broken hand as a big plus for the home side.
"Blake Austin will make a difference there. He's been one of the crucial parts of their attacking machine," noted Fittler.
The NSW and NRL great said he was also hoping conditions would be conducive to a free-flowing game.
"It's going to be close," he said.
"If it's a good day, it'll be high-scoring so it'll be highly entertaining."
"The good thing is, both sides can play really aggressively."
Who wins today's semi-final? Do you agree with Freddy?
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