Round eight of the Austbrokers Canberra Raiders Cup is headlined by this week's live stream match which sees the Belconnen United Sharks host the Tuggeranong Bushrangers at O'Connor on Saturday.
Belconnen United Sharks v Tuggeranong Bushrangers, 3pm Saturday at O’Connor, streamed live
Both the Belconnen United Sharks and Tuggeranong Bushrangers will be desperate to turn their inconsistent starts to the season around when they lock horns at O’Connor on Saturday afternoon.
The ninth-placed Sharks and fifth-placed Bushrangers both suffered defeats on the weekend, the Sharks going down 28-14 to the Goulburn Workers Bulldogs and Tuggeranong 36-26 to the West Belconnen Warriors.
Bushrangers prop Michael Uluakiola said that although his side’s forwards are outdone in size, they don’t lack fight.
“They are dangerous in the middle, they’ve got big boys,” Uluakiola said. “We’re small but we’ve got heart.”
Sharks halfback Darcy Eason said his side needs to learn to turn close games into wins but was pleased by their win against the Warriors two weeks ago.
“Beating last year’s premiers, West Belconnen, definitely brought the morale up of the team,” Eason said. “We just need to turn those close losses into close wins.”
Gungahlin Bulls v Yass Magpies, 3pm Saturday at Gungahlin Enclosed Oval
The seventh-placed Gungahlin Bulls and sixth-placed Yass Magpies will look to remain in close range of the top four when they cross swords at Gungahlin Enclosed Oval on Saturday afternoon.
The Bulls are set to hurtle out of the gates having enjoyed the luxury of a bye on the weekend, while the Magpies have an eye on clinching their first win since Round 3.
They have since played out a 24-all draw and lost three-straight games, the last of which came through a 37-12 steamrolling at the hands of the Queanbeyan Kangaroos.
Queanbeyan Kangaroos v Woden Valley Rams, 3pm Saturday at Seears Workwear Oval
Twenty-five minutes away, the Queanbeyan Kangaroos will host the Woden Valley Rams at Seears Workwear Oval on Saturday afternoon.
The Kangaroos will be on the hunt for their fifth-consecutive win they welcome the Rams, the most recent of which was stamped with their 37-12 thrashing of the Magpies.
A win over Woden could elevate the Kangaroos into first on the ladder, a position currently occupied by cross-town rivals the Queanbeyan Blues.
On the side of the ledger, the Rams will be out to make amends for a 34-16 loss to the Blues on the weekend as they look to further entrench themselves in the top four.
Queanbeyan Blues v West Belconnen Warriors, 3pm Saturday at Seiffert Oval
This year’s table-toppers will meet last year’s premiers when the undefeated Blues host the Warriors at Seiffert Oval on Saturday afternoon.
Both sides recorded wins in high-scoring affairs on the weekend to consolidate their positions in the top four.
The Blues rained on the Rams’ home parade in clinching their 34-16 win, while the Warriors also nabbed an away win in overpowering Tuggeranong in their 36-26 victory.