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NRL Late Mail: Raiders v Titans

Raiders Coach Ricky Stuart has made two changes for tonights match against the Titans at Cbus Super
Stadium, with Blake Austin and Sia Soliola set to start for the Green Machine.

Stuart said the change in the halves was due to ensuring both Saliva Havili and Aidan Sezer feel
comfortable in new positions within the team, with Sezer best suited to the final rotation.

“With Siliva’s first match for the team we decided we wanted to make things as comfortable as possible
for him as possible and with Aidan coming off the bench it allows us to bring him on fresh in what is a
new role for him as well,” Stuart said.

“We believe bringing Aidan from the bench will give us the best possible cover for when Siliva needs a rest and it brings him into the game where he has the best chance to make an impact.

“It was wonderful the way in which Aidan has taken this decision and has put the team first.

His comment to me when I told him was whatever is best for the team and that’s the answer we need to hear as a team.

The Raiders have also decided to start Sia Soliola in the front row and Stuart said it’s about giving the forwards the best possible rotation in the conditions.

“Having Sia start for us gives us a chance to start with Shannon Boyd and then bring Junior off the bench for more impact.”


1. Jack Wighton
2. Nick Cotric
3. Jarrod Croker (C)
4. Joey Leilua
5. Jordan Rapana
14. Blake Austin
7. Sam Williams
17. Sia Soliola
9. Siliva Havili
10. Shannon Boyd
11. Josh Papalii
12. Joe Tapine
13. Elliott Whitehead


6. Aidan Sezer
15. Luke Bateman 
16. Dunamis Lui
8. Junior Paulo

Acknowledgement of Country

Canberra Raiders respect and honour the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.