Match Preview: Raiders v Titans
The Raiders have an eye on registering back-to-back wins for the first time this year ahead of their clash with the Gold Coast at Cbus Super Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
As the Raiders’ recent one-point loss to the Broncos showed, road trips north of the Tweed don’t faze this Canberra outfit despite the Raiders’ ugly Queensland history.
Blake Austin waved his wand late in the second half to lock scores at 12 apiece, before a Jordan Kahu field goal buried the match.
To go within a solitary point in a Suncorp Stadium furnace brimming with a Broncos-heavy crowd of almost 30,000 was a commendable effort.
The Green Machine will be looking to replicate the attacking prowess that saw them overcome a plucky Parramatta outfit 30-18 at GIO Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Electric right-centre Joey Leilua, who crossed for one of the hosts’ five tries, is set to make his 150th NRL appearance on Saturday.
Meanwhile, second-rower Elliott Whitehead will return from a one-match suspension as the Raiders look to keep the Titans to just one win in 2017.
Prop Junior Paul said the tightness of the competition means games like the Gold Coast clash carry a lot of weight.
“That’s our goal for this week,” Paulo said.
“After a solid win last week we’re looking to get two in a row now. With the competition being so close it’s going to be a crucial game for us.”
The Raiders clinched a 30-22 win over the Titans when the two sides last met.
Canberra led 18-10 at half-time in the Round 16 clash at Cbus Super Stadium, a match in which captain Jarrod Croker bagged two tries.
Watch highlights from the last time the Raiders and Titans met in the video below.