NYC Match Preview: Raiders v Broncos
Both the Raiders and the Broncos will be chasing three straight wins when the two sides clash in Brisbane on Saturday.
After enduring a difficult two-month period, the Raiders NYC side have bounced back emphatically with consecutive home wins against the Bulldogs and the Sea Eagles.
“It’s a better feeling this week, coming off the back of two wins,” said NYC Head Coach Brett White.
“We’ve been able to keep the majority of our team together the last couple of weeks and it’s really helped with the combinations and the same guys being able to work with each other.
"I think that’s really helped and built some confidence within the group. But as I said to the boys this week, I think the Broncos are a step up from the two teams we’ve played the last couple of weeks.
“They’ve got some really good forwards but probably their halves and outside backs [are their main threat]. They really look to get the ball back out wide quickly which is something we need to work on - making sure we work hard to get out there and that there are defenders in front of those guys.”
Thursday’s match is a homecoming for halfback Logan Spaander who linked up with the Raiders halfway through the season after starting the year with the Broncos.
“I think Logan’s going to be really excited about going up there. He’s come down here to chase an opportunity, he’s done a fantastic job for us,” said White. “His confidence has really grown and I think this a great time for him to go up there and come up against his old team.”
Jack Williams is one player who will miss the trip to Bishop Park due to being promoted to the Mounties NSW Cup side. His promotion means Daniel Keir - who made his debut last week – starts for the Raiders NYC side. Zac Masters also keeps his spot in the side after a strong debut last weekend.
The Raiders currently sit 13th on the ladder two points behind the Broncos and three points behind the 8th place Dragons.
The Round 14 clash will take place 2.00pm Saturday at Bishop Park in Brisbane. A match report will be available on the Raiders website upon completion of the game.