Junior Rep Round 8 Preview

S.G. Ball Cup

Canberra Raiders v Newcastle Knights
Sunday April 1- Seiffert Oval

A convincing 70-4 win over the Western Suburbs Magpies last week saw the Canberra Raiders extend their winning streak to three games and move into fifth with just two games remaining.

This week they face the third placed Knights, with a win potentially securing a finals berth.

Raiders Junior High Performance Manager and S.G. Ball coach, Dean Souter, says that this week will give a good indication of how the side are travelling.

“This week will tell us a lot about how we are shaping up,” Souter said. “This will be the fourth top four side we play, and we are yet to beat one.

“We need to step up against some of these top four sides.”

Harold Matthews Cup

Canberra Raiders v Newcastle Knights
Sunday April 1- Seiffert Oval

With a win under the belt, the Canberra Raiders will face the second placed Newcastle Knights with more confidence.

The Raiders secured their first win of the season last week, securing a narrow win against the Western Suburbs Magpies, 14-12.

Souter spoke of how this win will help them after a number of narrow losses earlier in the season.

“When you just keep losing by narrow margins all the time it starts to have an effect on your self-confidence,” Souter said. “Now that the boys have got some self-confidence they’ll go well.”

Tarsha Gale Cup

Canberra Raiders v Sydney Roosters
Sunday April 1- Seiffert Oval

With the competition winding down the Raiders will be looking to finish their season on a high.

The Raiders host the ninth placed Roosters at Seiffert Oval and will be hoping to put in a good performance for the home crowd.

The Raiders went down to the Parramatta Eels 42-18 last weekend at New Era Stadium.