NRL Preview Round 23: Raiders Vs Tigers

Josh Mercer previews the Sunday afternoon game between the Raiders and the Tigers.



Canberra Raiders Vs Wests Tigers
Venue: GIO Stadium, Canberra.
Date: Sunday, August 6, 4:00 pm


Raiders: 1. Jordan Rapana 2. Albert Hopoate 3. Sebastian Kris 4. Matthew Timoko 5. Nick Cotric 6. Jack Wighton 7. Jamal Fogarty 8. Josh Papali’i 9. Zac Woolford 10. Joseph Tapine 11. Hudson Young 12. Elliott Whitehead 13. Corey Horsburgh 14. Adrian Trevilyan 15. Emre Guler 16. Pasami Saulo 17. Ata Mariota 18. Utuloa Asouma 19. Matt Frawley 20. Tom Starling 21. Trey Mooney 22. Ethan Strange

Tigers: 1. Jahream Bula 2. David Nofoaluma 3. Starford To’a 4. Junior Tupou 5. Charlie Staines 6. Daine Laurie 7. Luke Brooks 8. Alex Twal 9. Apisai Koroisau 10. David Klemmer 11. Isaiah Papali’i 12. John Bateman 13. Fonua Pole 14. Jake Simpkin 15. Justin Matamua 16. Aitasi James 17. Asu Kepaoa 18. Tallyn Da Silva 19. Alex Seyfarth 20. Will Smith 21. Kit Laulilii 22. Josh Feledy

Referee: Peter Gough

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The Raiders will want to come back strong after the loss to the Knights at home last weekend. The Knights tore both of the Raiders’ edges apart with some slick passing and good running; the Raiders didn’t have the answers.

Rickey Stuart will want his side to put last week behind them. The Raiders are still in the top eight; the last thing they need is a late-season slide down the ladder. There are some changes from last week’s game with Jarrod Croker out, Seb Kris moving from fullback to the centres, and Jordan Rapana at fullback. Nick Cotic also comes onto the wing.

The Tigers had some good moments against Souths. Some of the attacking plays, especially one from inside their half, would have had Tigers fans on their feet. They may not have scored from it, but it showed hope for the future.

Another reason the Tigers would go into this game with confidence is that the last time these two sides met, the Raiders only won by a point. Stefano Utoikamanu and Shawn Blore will miss the game due to concussion protocols, with Alex Twal starting in the front row. Justin Matamua is the new man on the bench.


Raiders 9, Tigers 1.


Raiders by 10.

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