The Tigers and the Raiders will both be desperate to secure a win when the two sides clash on Saturday night at GIO Stadium.
LAST TIME OUT
The Tigers nearly snapped their losing streak but succumbed to Melbourne in golden point. The defeat at Leichhardt Oval was the Tigers fifth consecutive loss. Despite starting the second half with a 12-4 lead, the Tigers weren’t able to claim the win. They had an opportunity in golden point but Moses was unable to kick the winning field goal from a good position.
The Raiders had no answers to a rampant Sharks outfit on Sunday afternoon. Apart from a ten-minute period early in the second half, it was a mismatch. The Raiders forwards weren’t able to lay a platform for their halves and their defence was average at best. Despite such a poor performance, the Raiders showed what they are capable of two weeks ago at Belmore.
This is a game between two sides not playing at the best of their ability. The teams will need to be willing to grind out a result. Whichever team’s props perform best will win the game.
Nuuausala had a game to forget last week, carrying the ball only five times for 37 meters. However, Ricky Stuart has named an extended bench for this week’s clash with three extra forwards named. Jarrad Kennedy, Mitch Barnett, and Clay Priest have all been in impressive form in the NSW Cup and will put plenty of pressure on the Raiders pack.
The Tigers, on the other hand, are without their captain Aaron Woods. Although Tim Grant and Ava Seumanufagai are playing well for the side, Woods is easily their best forward and will be sorely missed.
This game won’t be pretty unless Tedesco pulls off something magical. Raiders winger Jordan Rapana spoke to the media about the Raiders trying to run hard and tackle hard this week. Due to the fact the Raiders have a bigger pack with plenty of competition for places, and that the Tigers are missing Woods, the Canberra-based side should win. There won’t be much in it though.
Raiders by 2.
Raiders: 1 Jack Wighton 2 Edrick Lee 3 Jarrod Croker 4 Joseph Leilua 5 Jordan Rapana 6 Sam Williams 7 Aidan Sezer 8 Shannon Boyd 9 Josh Hodgson 10 Frank Paul Nuuausala 11 Row Josh Papalii 12 Elliot Whitehead 13 Shaun Fensom Interchange: 14 Kurt Baptiste 15 Luke Bateman 16 Paul Vaughan 17 Joseph Tapine 18 Clay Priest 19 Jarrad Kennedy 20 Mitchell Barnett
Tigers: 1 James Tedesco 2 Josh Addo-Carr 3 Nathan Milone 4 Kevin Naiqama 5 Jordan Rankin 6 Mitchell Moses 7 Luke Brooks 8 Ava Seumanufagai 9 Robbie Farah 10 Tim Grant 11 Curtis Sironen 12 Christopher Lawrence 13 Jesse Sue Interchange: 14 Joshua Aloiai 15 Dene Halatau 16 Kyle Lovett 17 JJ Felise 18 Joel Edwards.