Josh Mercer previews the Sunday afternoon clash between the Canberra Raiders and the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles. Here’s what we have to look forward to.
Canberra Raiders Vs Manly Warringah Sea Eagles
Venue: GIO Stadium, Canberra
Date: Sunday, May 21, 4:05pm
MATCHDAY TEAM NEWS
Raiders: 1. Sebastian Kris 2. Albert Hopoate 3. Jarrod Croker 4. Matthew Timoko 5. Jordan Rapana 6. Jack Wighton 7. Jamal Fogarty 8. Josh Papali’i 9. Tom Starling 10. Joseph Tapine 11. Hudson Young 12. Elliott Whitehead 13. Corey Horsburgh 14. Danny Levi 15. Emre Guler 16. Pasami Saulo 17. Ata Mariota 18. James Schiller 19. Hohepa Puru 20. Brad Schneider 21. Corey Harawira-Naera 22. Nick Cotric
Sea Eagles: 1. Tom Trbojevic 2. Jason Saab 3. Brad Parker 4. Tolutau Koula 5. Reuben Garrick 6. Josh Schuster 7. Daly Cherry-Evans 8. Taniela Paseka 9. Lachlan Croker 10. Sean Keppie 11. Haumole Olakau’atu 12. Ben Trbojevic 13. Jake Trbojevic 14. Karl Lawton 15. Samuela Fainu 16. Ethan Bullemor 17. Ben Condon 18. Kaeo Weekes 19. Morgan Harper 20. Cooper Johns 21. Morgan Boyle 22. Gordon Chan Kum Tong
Referee: Gerard SuttonEmbed from Getty Images
The Raiders are on a five game winning streak, and are looking good doing it. After that big loss the the Panthers in Round 5, they have looked good. Even the Jack Wighton contract saga hasn’t distracted them.
Last week, they gave the Eels more misery. Wighton and Jamal Fogarty are starting to click in the halves, with both players kicking 40/20s in the win. Another bonus for the Raiders is that Josh Papali’i has announced his retirement from State of Origin, which will serve them well. Hudson Young has also been a bright spot for the Raiders, scoring five tries in his past seven games.
The Sea Eagles are having quite the up-and-down year. They have lost a number of games they should have won, and their big guns are showing flashes of brilliance, but are not doing it for the whole 80 minutes.
This game is the chance they need to get back in the winners circle and salvage their season. But Tom Trbojevic and Daly Cherry-Evans will need to stand up and take the game by the scruff of the neck. Gettiing off to a good start is a must: playing catch up footy will do them no favours, especially when they need to win.
LAST TEN MATCHES
Sea Eagles 7, Raiders 3
Raiders by four points.
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