Canberra halfback in doubt for Warriors game

CRYSTAL JA
Last updated 20:04 30/08/2012

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Canberra halfback Sam Williams rates himself just a 50/50 chance of playing in Sunday's crunch NRL match with the Warriors, but it's not for lack of trying.

Desperate to help the Raiders clinch a finals spot, Williams has been with the physios every day and to the acupuncturist in a bid  to get his strained shoulder back to working condition.

Injuring it in the Raiders' 34-6 victory over Canterbury last  weekend, he is potentially the only player from that slick line-up  not to back up against the Warriors.

Williams, whose halves partnership with Josh McCrone was  brilliant against the Bulldogs, is fighting desperately to be fit.

He has another two days before a final contact session on  Saturday after which selectors will make their decision.

''I think it's still probably 50/50 at the moment,'' Williams said  on Thursday.

''You don't really know until you've had that contact.''But every day, it's getting better.

''I'll do everything preparation-wise to be ready and then,  Saturday, we'll make a final call.''

Veteran utility back Shaun Berrigan is on standby should  Williams not pull through.

Canberra, seventh on the ladder and still in the hunt for a home  semi, are the bookies' bet to win on Sunday, despite their poor 1-8  win record at Mt Smart Stadium over the past decade.

Their four-match winning streak - up against the Warriors' run  of seven straight losses - suggests it's a record they should be  able to improve on.

But winger Sandor Earl denied complacency was a concern heading  into the match, with the Raiders still, at least mathematically, a  chance of missing out of the eight should results go against them.

''Some people might say we fall into that (complacency)  sometimes, but the boys are carrying so much confidence and there's  so much excitement around the finals,'' Earl said.''

And the fact that we could get a home semi, I really think  that's going to drive us this game.

''Earlier in the week, assistant coach Justin Morgan conceded the  team line-up could be revised to allow injured players some rest  should results fall their way and they're locked in to play finals.But Williams said hopefully it was a null issue.

''It's very important that last game before the finals to have  that continuity within the side, so hopefully it's alright and we  don't have to worry about resting it anyway,'' he said.

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