In the Mix: Raiders v Panthers
With the Raiders awaiting the results of the injuries sustained to Dunamis Lui and Shannon Boyd. We take a look at the possible options that could come into the side should both be ruled out.
The Second Row/Lock was in great form for Mounties on the weekend after he bagged a double in their 44-30 win over the Blacktown Workers Sea Eagles. The former Sharks player linked up well with Kurt Baptise for his first try of the match. Not a bad showing to further push your case for NRL selection.
The Cook Islands international started at Prop for Mounties at Lottoland on the weekend and will be a strong contender to come into the Raiders NRL side should Lui and Boyd are ruled out. A versatile player who is comfortable at Second Row, Prop or Lock one would imagine that Makatoa will be edging closer to his Raiders debut this weekend.
Could we see the Coal Train line up for the Green Machine at Carrington Park this weekend? The Queensland Origin and Kangaros representative has two appearances for the Raiders this season. Both were wins, the first coming in the Green Machine's Rd 3 romping against the Tigers and the second against the Eels at GIO Stadium in a Rd 5 victory. Taylor's inclusion would add considerable size and power to the Raiders pack but whether or not the 28 year old is match fit remains to be seen after recently returning from illness.
The former Australian Schoolboys junior recently joined the Raiders full time NRL squad and was named as 18th man for the clash against the Sea Eagles at Lottoland on Sunday. The versatile forward has been playing great footy in the NSW Intrust Super Premiership for Mounties and a shot at NRL level is within his grasp.
A seasoned campaigner who would be the most likely player to come in if there was injury in the forwards. The former New Zealand international would be a solid choice to come into the side and and add valuable leadership and quality on the field.