Five Things: Raiders v Eels

GIO Stadium will be a hive of activity on Saturday with a triple-header of blockbuster matches and the return of the Raiders past legends for the Forever Green reunion. 

Read on for the five things we can't wait to see when the Raiders host the Eels in a must-win encounter. 

Raise the Bat

Aidan Sezer will play his 100th NRL game on Saturday. Sezer made 71 appearances for the Gold Coast Titans between 2012 and 2015, before his move to Canberra. 

Look out for a big game from our halfback to celebrate his milestone, and make sure you give him an extra cheer when he runs out. 

There will hopefully be another century milestone to celebrate on Saturday, with skipper Jarrod Croker currently sitting on 99 career NRL tries. Croker went close on a couple of occasions to bagging a four-pointer against the Broncos last weekend, and with a career average of a try every second game, the milestone should fall on Saturday. 

Excitement Machines

The Raiders and Eels both have arguably the most exciting backlines in the NRL, setting the scene for an end-to-end and high-scoring clash on Saturday. 

Eels winger Semi Radradra is one such excitement machine, and his battle with Raiders winger Jordan Rapana is a mouth-watering prospect. Radradra and Rapana have both scored four tries this season, but Radradra's four-pointers all came in round two against the Dragons.

The centre matchup between Michael Jennings and Joey Leilua also has huge implications with both men in the frame for a NSW Origin jersey. 

Aside from the wing and centre battles, keep an eye on livewire Eels fullback Bevan French, who is averaging more than a try a match so far in his NRL career. 

Forever Green

More than 100 past legends of the Raiders returned to Canberra for the inaugural Forever Green reunion in round eight of the 2016 season.

The result that day?

A ridiculous 54-point thrashing of the Wests Tigers.

The Forever Green reunion returns to GIO Stadium this Saturday for the match and let's hope that history repeats and the Raiders are able set GIO Stadium alight again.

Make sure you're watching the field at half-time of the NRL game as the past players complete a lap of honour. 


The boys are back in town on Saturday! 

Mounties Return

The Raiders feeder club, Mounties, will take to the field at GIO Stadium for the first time in 2017 on Saturday to battle the Wentworthville Magpies. 

A traditional powerhouse in the Intrust Super Premiership, Mounties have started their season strongly, winning their first three matches before suffering their first loss last weekend. 

While the Magpies have only won one game to start their season, they currently have a points differential of plus 24, and their winger Bureta Faraimo has already bagged seven tries in just four matches. 

Make sure you arrive at GIO Stadium nice and early on Saturday to watch the Mounties and catch a glimpse of the Raiders emerging and future stars, like Brent Naden, Zac Santo, Lachlan Croker and Scott Sorensen. 

Bumper Crowd 

Over 18,000 fans turned out to watch the Raiders overcome a lacklustre start to defeat the Eels in round 24 last season. 

After falling behind by 18-points, the bumper crowd helped the Raiders claw their way back into the contest, pulling away from the Eels late to win 28-18. 

The match was also the first time the Viking Clap occurred at GIO Stadium, and it will again greet the boys on their entry to the field. 

With Saturday's match an absolute must-win for the Green Machine, make sure you grab your tickets and head out to support the team on what is forecast to be a perfect autumn day.

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