Five Things: Raiders v Sharks
Round 10 sees the Raiders play hosts to the Cronulla Sharks at GIO Stadium on Sunday afternoon. Here are five things to watch out for this weekend!
Bucking the trend
The Raiders and Sharks have contested some cracking clashes over the past few years but on the last nine occasions, the team away from their home ground has grabbed the two points.
Canberra have beaten the Sharks at Southern Cross Group Stadium in four straight matches and Cronulla have beaten the Raiders five times from as many attempts at GIO Stadium.
The men in green will be out to record back to back victories over the Sharks and in the process put a halt to this current stretch.
The last time the Raiders recorded three consecutive victories was in Round 23 in the 2017 season with a win over the Warriors in Auckland.
The Raiders have four wins from the past five games and will be looking to add a fifth win for the season and continue their revival.
Back to back wins are good but the boys will be hoping to keep their winning streak alive against a close rival of years gone by.
The return of 'Leipana'
The combination on the right side for the Raiders is as prolific as they come with Joey Leilua and Jordan Rapana making a big name for themselves in 2016 and glimpses last year.
'Leipana' haven't been as damaging as they would have liked so far this season but the clash against the Titans on Saturday clicked them back into gear.
Rapana scored a try, broke six tackles and made a whopping three line breaks while Leilua set up the try, had a massive five offloads, made six tackle breaks and had a hand in two of Rapana's line breaks.
Leipana will fancy themselves again to have a big impact against the Sharks left edge of Ricky Leutele and Sosaia Feki.
The NRL will celebrate Indigenous Round during Round 10, with every player and match official wearing Indigenous inspired jerseys for just the second time in NRL Telstra Premiership history.
Welcome to Country ceremonies will occur at GIO Stadium prior to the game as well as pre-match cultural performances and gift exchanges between Captains prior to kick-off.
The jerseys worn by the players this weekend will be auctioned off with all proceeds going to the Kato Ottio Memorial Fund. Details will be announced later on the Raiders website.
Sunday arvo footy!
The Raiders have played only two Sunday afternoon games so far this season and they were in the opening two rounds of the season and were evening games.
The Raiders don't play a Sunday game at home until Round 22 against the Wests Tigers which is midway through August.
As we enter the cooler period of the year, a Sunday afternoon fixture provides a great opportunity to come down to GIO Stadium and enjoy some NRL action.