I like many many others had tipped Manly to beat the Raiders on Saturday night. Betting markets also agreed, with Manly the shortest-priced favourites in round one. However, even with three debutants in the side the Raiders managed to gain an upset 27-14 win over Manly. Halves combination Lincoln Withers and veteran Jason Smith (who has a birthday tomorrow) torched the Manly defence.
However, Josh Miller suffered a season-ending knee injury. Hopefully the injury curse will not befall the Raiders again this season.
A match summary is available on foxsports.