Five Things: Raiders v Rabbitohs
The Raiders have secured back to back wins in the past two rounds and will be looking to continue that winning way against the South Sydney Rabbitohs.
The Rabbitohs have won three of their last four matches with their only loss coming against the unbeaten Dragons over the past month.
It shapes as a big clash early on in the year with both sides hovering either side of eighth position.
Return to the coast
To sum up how long it has been since the Raiders played at the Central Coast Stadium, in 2005 Iosia Soliola was a winger/centre for the Sydney Roosters under coach at the time, Ricky Stuart.
The stadium has also had two names changes between the Raiders last visit and this one being formerly known as Bluetongue Stadium and Grahame Park.
The Raiders have featured in five matches at the venue and are yet to register a win which is bound to fire the boys up to snap that this weekend.
The last three times the Raiders have faced the Rabbitohs have all resulted in victories to the Canberra side.
Those three games have seen a combined score line of 116-44 in the Raiders favour with the side scoring over 30 points in each of the fixtures.
The Raiders will take great confidence into the game with the club winning four of their last five against the South Sydney outfit.
There are certainly some big forward packs rolling around in 2018 but George Burgess and Thomas Burgess against Iosia Soliola and Junior Paulo is bound to be a cracking contest in the middle.
Throw in the likes of Sam Burgess and Junior Tatola for the Rabbitohs against Shannon Boyd and Josh Papalii featuring of the bench for the Raiders.
This clash has enticing match ups across the park but it will be a battle of the middle to see who creates more space for their outside backs to flourish.
Two for the price of one!
Before the Raiders take on the Rabbitohs in the NRL fixture, the Mounties will face the North Sydney Bears in the Intrust Super Premiership.
If you’re making the trip up the coast for the game, call in early and show your support for the Mounties as they look to grab their fourth win of the year.
The curtain raiser kicks off at 12:45pm followed by the main game at 3pm.