Five Things: Raiders v Sea Eagles
The Raiders travel to Lottoland for Saturday night football and here are five things to look out for.
The change has come from Ricky Stuart with Blake Austin dropped to the Mounties for this weekends clash with Ata Hingano coming into the bench utility role.
Hingano has NRL experience turning out for the New Zealand Warriors on 15 occasions over the past two seasons as well as representing Tonga on six occasions including last years Rugby League World Cup.
Expect Hingano to slot in to the halves at some point during the game with Aidan Sezer giving Siliva Havili a break at hooker.
The return of Joseph Tapine
Joseph Tapine has been named to make his return from a dislocated finger suffered in round 1 against the Titans.
Tapine was one of the better performers before going off injured in round one proving a rock in defence making 23 tackles and only missing one as well as breaking three tackles when with the ball.
If Tapine is anywhere close to 100%, expect him to be a handful when he comes off the bench.
The two meetings between these sides in 2017 produced epic contests with both going to golden point.
The Raiders unfortunately went down in both of the clashes by a combined total of three points.
The Raiders will be looking to turn the tide in what is expected to be another evenly fought contest between the two clubs.
Elliott Whitehead: Try Machine
Who would have thought that after three rounds of the competition, that Elliott Whitehead would be the joint top try-scorer?
Whitehead has four tries to his name already and will be eager to add to his tally against a Sea Eagles outfit that conceded 34 points in round three.
Watch out for Whitehead looking to get his hands on the ball inside the opposition 20 metre zone.
Whilst it’s an away game, travelling Raiders fans will be treated to two grades of rugby league action.
The Mounties will take on the Blacktown Workers Sea Eagles before the NRL action kicks off at 7:35.
The ISP clash kicks off at 5:15 at Lottoland so if you’re making the trip up, leave a little earlier and be there to support the Mounties against the top of the table Blacktown side.