NYC Match Preview: Raiders v Eels
The Raiders U20's will look to return to winning form on Sunday when they host the Parramatta Eels at GIO Stadium.
The Eels are sitting fourth on the ladder, but are coming off a tight loss to the Broncos last weekend. Both sides will be desperate for a victory, the Eels to keep their spot in the top four, and the Raiders to keep their spot in the eight.
When the two sides met earlier in the year it was the Eels who came out on top. After jumping out to a 20-4 lead at half-time, fatigue from a five-day turnaround got the better of the Raiders who helpless to stop the rampaging Eels pile on 30 unanswered points in the second-half.
Nick Cotric and Zac Woolford both return to the Raiders side this weekend, with Robert Vai making way for Cotric and Bailey Hartwig shifting to the bench.
The return of Cotric and Woolford will provide a boost to the Raiders after a tough loss to the Storm last weekend. The team lacked direction at times without Woolford, while Cotric is a potent attacking weapon.
The Eels have made numerous changes to their team which was pipped at the post by the Broncos last weekend. The battle between Woolford and Eels Captain and Hooker Denzal Tonise is shaping up to be a highlight of the match.
A win on Sunday will lift the Raiders four points clear of the 9th placed Broncos. The match kicks off at 11.45am on Sunday morning and is live on Fox Sports Channel 501. Make sure you also follow updates on the Raiders Twitter.