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2021 NRL Round Three Preview, Raiders Vs Warriors

Chris Rooney previews the Raiders vs Warriors match at GIO Stadium…… This is what we have to look forward to.

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TEAM NEWS

Venue: GIO Stadium, Date: 27/3, Time: 3pm (local)

Raiders Team

  1. Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad
  2. Bailey Simonsson
  3. Jarrod Croker
  4. Curtis Scott
  5. Jordan Rapana
  6. Jack Wighton
  7. George Williams
  8. Josh Papalii
  9. Josh Hodgson
  10. Dunamis Lui
  11. Hudson Young
  12. Elliott Whitehead
  13. Joseph Tapine
  14. Siliva Havili
  15. Ryan Sutton
  16. Iosia Soliola
  17. Ryan James
  18. Sam Williams
  19. Tom Starling
  20. Caleb Aekins
  21. Sebastian Kris

Team Changes

IN: Caleb Aekins, Jarrod Croker, Sam Williams, Tom Starling
OUT: n/a

Warriors Team

  1. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck
  2. David Fusitu’a
  3. Adam Pompey
  4. Peta Hiku
  5. Ken Maumalo
  6. Kodi Nikorima
  7. Sean O’Sullivan
  8. Addin Fonua-Blake
  9. Wayde Egan
  10. Bunty Afoa
  11. Eliesa Katoa
  12. Bayley Sironen
  13. Tohu Harris
  14. Jazz Tevaga
  15. Ben Murdoch-Masila
  16. Leeson Ah Mau
  17. Jack Murchie
  18. Tom Ale
  19. Marcelo Montoya
  20. Paul Turner
  21. Kane Evans

Team Changes

IN: Jack Murchie, Kane Evans, Marcelo Montoya, Paul Turner, Sean O’Sullivan, Tom Ale
OUT: Chanel Harris-Tavita, Jamayne Taunoa-Brown

Referee: Matt Cecchin

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Raiders

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There’s no surprise that the Raiders have started the season 2-0, having faced the Tigers and the Sharks. The Raiders struggled offensively against a resilient Sharks team, however they now have so much class across the park to be able to win games defensively and ugly. They are a tough team in defence now and will no doubt be looking to make a statement this Saturday.

Warriors

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A good start for the Warriors coming into this season: they defeated the Titans in round one and only narrowly lost to the Knights last week. This will be an excellent test for the Warriors to compete against a premiership heavyweight in the Raiders. They will be without their halfback, Chanel Harris-Tavita, for the next 12 weeks and Sean O’Sullivan will step into the halfback position; no doubt Kodi Nikorima will have more pressure to control and manage the game.

PREVIEW

It’s a great match to start Super Saturday this week, as the Raiders will be looking to improve their attack in quick fashion, while the Warriors will need to bring their best defensive game plan to match the Raiders. The Warriors halves will need to step up and so will Roger Tuivasa-Sheck. He has had a pretty quiet start to the season and will need to be at his absolute best for his Warriors to have any chance against the Raiders. The Raiders have one the best forward packs in the competition and their spine is only getting better with Josh Hodgson back.

Also, Hudson Young deserves a mention. He has been absolutely brilliant to start the season for the Raiders. He showed his potential late last season after a controversial start to his career, but is showing his maturity and is continuing to prove an absolute force in the back row. I will say this now, Young will be one of the best back rowers in the competition this year and hopefully will be rewarded for his efforts.

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KEY STAT

Head-to-head: both sides have faced each other 40 times, with the Raiders winning 21 times. The previous two meetings have seen the Raiders winning both games, but not in convincing fashion.

PREDICTION

Ricky will have this squad firing for a better performance than last week and I fear that the Warriors don’t have enough class to be able to compete against them for the entire 80 minutes. No doubt the Warriors will attempt to start strong, and attempt to get on the board first to gain confidence, but I can’t see nothing but a strong Raiders win at home with attack being the key focal point.

Raiders by 13+.

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