Raiders v Warriors: The Contenders
With the injury to centre Joey Leilua on the weekend, here are a list of players who could potentially slot into the backline if Leilua misses selection.
Michael Oldfield was the backline replacement for the one game Jordan Rapana missed in 2017 bagging a try in round 21.
With a 100% try ratio for the Raiders and a healthy career record of 19 tries in 31 games, Oldfield is a proven try scorer and would slot in nicely into the backline.
Oldfield has been on the extended bench for the first two rounds and will be hoping for first crack at a backline berth should Leilua be ruled out.
Yet to play an NRL game, Mikaele Ravalawa has started the year playing on the wing for the Mounties in the Intrust Super Premiership (ISP).
Ravalawa was picked in the ISP team of the week in Round 1 off the back of a try, 10 carriers for 171 metres, two line-breaks with three tackle busts to add.
A try in each of his first two games of the season sees Ravalawa flying high after spending time in the Fiji Bati camp for the Rugby League World Cup late last year.
Off season recruit, Brad Abbey has NRL experience at the Canterbury Bulldogs in 2017 featuring four times at fullback for the club.
Abbey missed the first Mounties game of the year as he travelled to the Gold Coast.
Round two of the ISP saw Abbey bag a double playing at left centre pushing a case for his selection in that position for the Raiders in their match against the Warriors on Saturday.
Charlie Gubb is set to miss the match after being injured in his club debut on Sunday. Here is a list of contenders for an interchange position.
Royce Hunt made one appearance for the Raiders off the bench in 2017 during Round 14 against the Panthers.
Hunt has been named on the extended bench for the first two rounds of the season putting him at the top of the list for first crack this year.
Hunt has played for the Mounties in the first two rounds and with an opportunity arising, he will want to grab it with both hands.
Jack Murchie is one of the hottest young players in the NRL with Junior Kangaroos and Junior NSW selection last year, but is yet to debut in the top grade.
Murchie is a back rower who has also featured for the Mounties in the opening two round playing 80 minutes in each on the right edge.
Murchie has a knack of getting over the line with the Milton-Ulladulla Bulldogs junior bagging a brace in Mounties 42-6 win over the Wyong Roos over the weekend.
Makahesi Makatoa is a big front rower who can also play back row when required which leaves him in a good position to grab a bench spot.
He has featured in both of the Mounties wins with a 40-minute cameo in round 1 followed by a light 30 minutes in the big win over Wyong on the weekend.
Makatoa would provide size and strength playing in the middle with a strong build adding to an already big forward pack.
Liam Knight comes to the Raiders with one game of NRL experience for the Manly Sea Eagles in 2016.
Knight has been starting at lock for the Mounties and showing his defensive capabilities with the Mounties only conceding 26 points in the first two rounds.
He is a big body who would be a presence in both attack and defence when he gets his chance.