The Canberra Raiders NYC team will be looking to bounce back from what was a disappointing display last time out against the New Zealand Warriors when they face up against the winless Saint George Illawarra Dragons on Saturday afternoon.
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Mick Mantelli’s has made two changes to the side with Jared McIlwrick replacing Taniela Moa and Connor Purcell comes back onto the bench for Jordan Mago hoping that these players can help lift the intensity of the side going into this week’s game.
“I thought the players had a chance last week they just didn’t aim up so decided to change it. With the under 20s you get a couple of chances if you not up to it we will give someone else a go and you go back and train hard and prove you want to be back there” Mantelli said.
One of the key deciding factors in the loss to the Warriors was poor handling with Mantelli admitting that his team was poor in that department.
“We were pretty poor last week it wasn’t the Warriors beat us, they played alright but we just made too many silly errors”
With this game against a side that is winless so far this season Mantelli’s side have a good opportunity to show that they have fixed these issues with practicing until they have ironed out the issues that were on show last time out.
Keys to Success
Working on the completion rate should be seen as a great way to determine that outcome of the game with Mantelli highlighting this as being something that defiantly needed to be improved on and if so will be key to victory this weekend.
Another key factor will be being able to match the opposition’s intensity for the entire game there were certain stages in last weekend’s match where the Warriors were able to gain the ascendance and run over the top of the Green Machine.
The match against the Dragons kicks off at 3:15pm at GIO Stadium with the NRL game to follow at 5:30pm.