NYC Match Preview: Raiders v Titans
The Canberra Raiders NYC team hosts the Gold Coast Titans at GIO Stadium on Saturday as they aim for another win despite a mounting injury list.
NYC Head Coach, Brett White, has made one change from the side that won against Newcastle with the injured Sione Afemui making way for Jordan Aiono-Fatu.
Sione left the game against the Knights in the second half on a stretcher with a rib cartilage injury. He is expected to be out for 4-6 weeks.
“[Our depth has] been tested. We’re losing one a week at the moment but we have Jordan Aiono-Fatu back who has been out since the first trial. He hasn’t played a lot of footy but it’s good to see him back,” said White.
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Both the Raiders and the Titans make up a group of eight clubs at the top of the table on four points.
The Raiders will be hoping for another strong performance from five-eighth Lachlan Lewis who scored two tries, made two line-breaks and set up two other tries against the Knights.
“Once we got into the game, he [Lewis] controlled the boys really well…I know he scored a couple of tries, but defensively he was very strong and [when] you have strong defensive halves it makes your side so much better. Both halves have done a really good job defending,” said White.
Although the Raiders have started strongly, the Titans have also impressed. Boasting a big forward pack, Brett White is wary of what the Gold Coast are capable of.
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“They have a big strong forward pack. If we let them roll through us, they will. We really need to try and contain their big guys through the middle and stick to what has been working for us.”
The Raiders v Titans games kicks off at 1:10pm at GIO Stadium on Saturday and will be broadcast live on Fox Sports Channel 501. Live updates from the game will also be posted on the Raiders Twitter account (@RaidersCanberra).