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Raiders Stat to Fix: Make GIO Stadium a fortress again

Canberra was once ranked among the game's toughest away trips but GIO Stadium was surprisingly not a fortress for the Raiders in 2019 despite the fact they made it all the way to the grand final.

The Green Machine finished with a respectable six wins and six losses as the hosts in the regular season but they were the only top-eight team not to boast a positive home record.

The club took one home fixture to Wagga Wagga, beating Penrith at McDonalds Park in round eight.

In 2018, the Raiders went 7-5 at home even though they missed the finals and won five less matches overall.

Canberra averaged 18.7 points per game at home in 2019 - less than the competition home average of 21.4. On the road they averaged 25 points per game - well above the competition average of 18.1. 

The Raiders were extremely strong travellers last season, racking up an enviable 9-3 record that boosted them into fourth position.

Before Canberra beat the Rabbitohs at GIO Stadium in the preliminary final, it seemed the home advantage had deserted them as they lost three on the trot there to finish the regular season.

Most other sides that reached the finals dominated at home - premiers the Roosters, Melbourne and Parramatta amounted 9-3 records.

They were followed by South Sydney, Manly and Cronulla (8-4), while eighth-placed Brisbane finished with six wins, five losses and a draw.

It was a hugely successful year for Ricky Stuart's men in making the grand final for the first time in 25 years, but there's room for improvement at GIO Stadium in the new season.

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