Austbrokers Canberra Raiders Cup Round 8 Preview
Round 8 of the Austbrokers Canberra Raiders Cup is highlighted by the Belconnen derby.
Belconnen United Sharks v West Belconnen Warriors – 3 pm, Saturday June 2, O'Connor / Live Stream
It's been over a year since the Belconnen United Sharks won a First Grade game but their last win came against this week's opponents.
However, that match is a distant memory according to Sharks prop, Channon McAskill.
"We're just focusing on what we want to try and get right for this weekend," McAskill said. "There's a bit of a changeup in the squad for this week and hopefully we can get out there and give Westies a good run."
Their high flying rivals, the West Belconnen Warriors enter the match after suffering their first loss of the season and will be hoping to make amends.
The Warriors are currently sitting in third but are equal on points with the top of the table Tuggeranong Bushrangers.
Tuggeranong Bushrangers v Queanbeyan Kangaroos – 3pm, Sunday June 3, Greenway / Live Stream
The Tuggeranong Bushrangers enter the round top of the table as they prepare to host the Queanbeyan Kangaroos.
The Bushrangers boast the best defence in the competition but will be up against one of the best attacks this season in what is set to be an intriguing battle.
The Kangaroos average 32 points per game, while the Bushrangers concede less than 16 per game on average.
The Bushrangers enter this match on the back of two convincing wins meanwhile the Kangaroos have won three of their last four matches.
Gungahlin Bulls v Yass Magpies – 3pm, Sunday June 3, Gungahlin Enclosed Oval
The Gungahlin Bulls host the Yass Magpies as the Bulls aim narrow the gap to seventh place.
After a slow start to the season, the Magpies claimed their biggest scalp of the season in the previous round as they handed the Warriors their first defeat of the season.
The Magpies enter this match as strong favourites but will have to find a way to win without co-captain and their leading points scorer Jacob Toppin, who misses the match due to suspension.
Woden Valley Rams v Goulburn Workers Bulldogs – 3pm, Sunday June 3, Phillip District
The Woden Valley Rams and Goulburn Workers Bulldogs will be hoping to turn their seasons around with a win on Sunday afternoon.
The Rams have won only one match in their last four matches, while the Bulldogs have slumped to four consecutive losses.
The conclusion of the Country Championships will be a welcome relief for both sides, as they welcome a host of players back into their sides, while Goulburn have recently been boosted by the inclusion of James Aubusson.
Depending on other results, the winner of this match could move within two points of the top four.