Five Things: Raiders v Tigers
The Raiders travel up to Campbelltown this week to face the Wests Tigers on Sunday. Here are five things to look out for!
Josh Hodgson's return
It's been a long time coming but this week the Raiders' star hooker is set to play his first game of the 2018 season in his return from an ACL injury.
Josh Hodgson has been superb for Canberra since joining the club in 2015, playing a huge role in the Raiders 2016 finals run. He also played a starring role for England at the World Cup last year before he tore his ACL in the semi-final against Tonga.
Hodgson's return is a huge boost for the Raiders, while Siliva Havili, who has been outstanding in the Englishman's absence, stays in the side as a utility.
Aiming for four on the trot
The Raiders will be attempting to win their fourth straight match against the Wests Tigers this Sunday.
The three-game winning run has featured some memorable wins for the Green Machine with each of them being decided by at least 40 points, including a 60-6 thrashing in 2016.
Canberra's good run against Wests extends back even further having lost just one of the last six meetings. No doubt the Raiders will be looking to keep the run going at Campbelltown this Sunday.
Ninth v Tenth
A win against the Tigers will see the Raiders move up to ninth and possibly two points behind eighth place depending on other results.
With both sides still hoping for finals football, the Tigers and Raiders will be aiming for a win to help them close the gap on the top eight.
The next two matches are crucial as the Raiders hope to feature in September as they play the ninth-placed Tigers and eight-placed Broncos.
Joe Tapine's back
Joe Tapine runs out for the Raiders on Sunday for the first time in nearly a month, after serving a two-match ban for a shoulder charge on Matt Dufty back in Round 11.
He slots back into his starting spot on the edge and will be looking to make an immediate impact in his return. In his nine games this season he's provided plenty of punch in defence while also making himself noticed with the ball and providing a spark in attack.
His return provides a boost for the Raiders who will be without Jordan Rapana and Charlie Gubb this week due to injury and suspension.
Sunday footy at the Raiders Clubs
Can't make it up to Campbelltown for this Sunday's clash? Don't worry, we've got you covered.
A 4pm Sunday kick off provides the perfect opportunity to watch the action on the big screen at your local Raiders club. The match will be shown at all of the Raiders clubs so grab your jersey and head on down.
The Mix 106.3 commentary team will be broadcasting live from The Mawson Club from 3:30pm so head down if you're in the area for a great game day atmosphere.