NRL Match Preview: Raiders v Roosters
The Canberra Raiders will be on the hunt for their second win on the trot when they face the Sydney Roosters at GIO Stadium this Sunday afternoon.
Having celebrated Jarrod Croker's 200th NRL appearance with a win against the Eels last weekend, Sunday will give the club’s Canberra-based fans the chance to celebrate the skipper’s milestone at home.
Canberra fans could also witness Croker bring up 1500 career points on Sunday as the 26-year-old will head into the game sitting just four points shy.
Croker is no stranger to making happy memories in clashes with the Bondi-based outfit, having made his debut and having played his 100th NRL game against the Roosters.
Making the clash all the more special an occasion is that major sponsor Huawei has allowed the Ricky Stuart Foundation to replace its logo on the front of the jersey to raise awareness for #AutismWellbeing.
Stuart said the club is very pleased to be supporting the Foundation and that the Raiders are very thankful for Huawei.
“It’s a great feeling to know that we’re promoting such a special cause,” he said.
“The Foundation is very, very privileged and also appreciative of the fact that Huawei give up the jumper.”
Huawei will offer up the front of the jersey for the second time in the last 12 months in a match in which forward Sia Soliola will run out for his 250th NRL/Super League game.
Meanwhile, the Raiders will be without second-row Josh Papalii, who is set to run out for Queensland in the first edition of State of Origin next Wednesday night.
Joe Tapine will fill Papalii’s giant boots in the second-row jersey, while Sia Soliola will slot into lock as Luke Bateman returns from a one-week lay-off due to concussion.
The Raiders snared a thrilling 21-20 win over the Roosters when the two sides last met in Round 2 of last season.
Having been down 16-6. the Raiders fought back valliantly before a field goal on the verge of fulltime from Sam Williams sealed the win.