Five Things: Raiders v Eels
After dispatching the competition leaders on Monday night, all eyes will turn to Sunday when the Raiders look to cement their position as the form team of the NRL against the Parramatta Eels.
Read on for the five things we can't wait to see at the Raiders last regular season home game of the year.
A Bumper Crowd
15,707 fans came to watch the Raiders stun the competition leading Storm on Monday night – the biggest home crowd of the year. That figure is set to be blown out of the water on Sunday when the Eels travel to the green machine’s fortress of GIO Stadium.
After Ricky urged 15,000 fans to pack GIO Stadium for the Storm game, captain Croker has upped the ante by asking for 20,000 to turn out on Sunday.
“We've got another massive game on our hands and I'd like to see 20,000 here,” Croker said.
The last time the Raiders had a crowd over 20,000? Way back in 2012 for a home semi-final against the Sharks. The atmosphere on Monday night rivaled a finals game, making a huge difference as the Raiders repelled the Storm time and time again.
Epic Battle on the Edge
Rapana and Leilua versus Radradra and Jennings. What a battle that's going to be!
After missing a chunk of football with the knee injury, Radradra returns to the Eels team on Sunday for the match. Jennings also missed a couple of matches with a hamstring injury recently, but has been back to his dangerous best of late.
The Eels duo definitely came out on top of 'Leipana' when the teams clashed in Round 7. Jennings scored a double as the Eels routed the Raiders 36-6.
Sunday will be a chance for revenge for 'Leipana', who have been in ripping form for the green machine lately. Don't miss out on seeing this battle play out.
The Record Going
Six points. A try and a conversion.
That's all Raiders captain Jarrod Croker needs to add another record to his belt.
Raiders legend Clinton Schifcofske currently holds the club record for most points scored in a season at a lofty 245. Croker is currently sitting on 240 points and appears destined to break the record on Sunday. Don't miss out on seeing this.
Securing the Top Four Spot
It's simple - a win on Sunday will secure a top-four spot for the Raiders and a double chance in the finals.
The Raiders haven't finished a season in the top-four since 2003, and haven't been in the finals since 2012.
A finals spot is a formality for 2016, but getting the two points on Sunday and securing that top-four finish will be a huge boost for the Raiders.
Baptiste Stepping up
Kurt Baptiste will have his time to shine on Sunday when he starts at Hooker for only the second time this season. The first time was back in Round 11, when he started in the Raiders thrashing of the Warriors.
The Raiders will be without Josh Hodgson on Sunday, as he serves a one-match suspension. Baptiste is more than capable in filling in for Hodgo, and Sunday will be a great chance to see more of the crafty No. 9's game.
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