Five Things: Raiders v Rabbitohs
Josh Hodgson and Elliott Whitehead take on Sam and George Burgess on Sunday in what is shaping up as a battle of the Brits at ANZ Stadium.
Read on below for the five things we can't wait to see as the Raiders search for a fifth straight win against a Bunnies outfit reeling after seven consecutive losses.
Casual rugby league fans could be forgiven for thinking they are tuning into a Super League game on Sunday, when four Brits take the field at ANZ Stadium.
Both teams will field two Poms each in the ‘Battle of Britain’. Souths could have outnumbered the Raiders 4-2, however, Tom Burgess is out through suspension and Joe Burgess has been dropped.
Good mates off the field, it’s going to be exciting to see Hodgo and Whitehead battle the Burgess boys for supremacy on the field. You can be sure English coach Wayne Bennett will be watching the match with keen interest, especially after reports he is interested in luring Blake Austin to the English team.
60 points in his past four games. It’s safe to say our Captain is enjoying a purple patch of point-scoring form.
After his heroics in the Raiders golden point victory over the Warriors, Croker will be a marked man on Sunday against the Rabbitohs.
Croker needs just two more points to crack the 200-point barrier for the season, putting him well on track to beat his best points haul in a season of 236 recorded last year.
Former Bulldogs ace Hazem El Masri holds the record for the most points in a season, tallying 342 points in 2004 when the Bulldogs won the grand final.
Hoping for Storm Success
A win by the Melbourne Storm in their blockbuster against the Cowboys on Saturday night could see the Raiders with a chance to move up even further on the ladder.
Grabbing the two points against the Bunnies, combined with a Cowboys loss, will move the Raiders into third position on the ladder.
The Storm will have to contend with a hostile Cowboys home crowd on Saturday night, where the reigning premiers have yet to lose a game at in 2016.
No Changes Needed
Continuity is a good sign at this stage of the season, with no changes made to the Raiders side that beat the Warriors last weekend.
Apart from missing Kurt Baptiste, the Raiders will be at full-strength for the match against the Rabbitohs.
After a string of injuries to key players at the start of the season, the team will continue to benefit from having consistent team selections in the run home to the finals.
After a lengthy stint on the sidelines with injury, Kalani Going has been named to make his return to the Raiders NYC team on Sunday. Going is a rampaging back rower who trained with the NRL squad during pre-season.
After a horrendous run with injuries to start the year, Brett White is finally able to enjoy consistency with his team selections. Going will be a welcome return to White’s team as the young stars look for their fifth consecutive win to solidify their spot in the top eight.
New recruit Emre Guler has also been named in the team, thus getting a chance to face his former teammates at the Rabbitohs for the first time.
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