Five Things: Raiders v Tigers
This week the Canberra Raiders return home to face the Wests Tigers at GIO Stadium on Sunday afternoon. Here are five things to look out for.
Canberra's recent form against the Wests Tigers
To say the Canberra Raiders have had a good run against the Wests Tigers since 2016 is quite the understatement. The Raiders have won all four meetings between the clubs by an average margin of a whopping 43 points per game.
Canberra have scored at least 46 points in each match, while never conceding more than 12 points in one game.
Few sides have enjoyed a period of such dominance against an opponent and the Raiders will be looking to keep their incredible run going on Sunday.
The Raiders' return home
After three long weeks on the road, the Raiders make a return to GIO Stadium this weekend.
Canberra's only home game during the last seven weeks was their 38-12 win against the Cowboys four weeks ago.
No doubt the boys will be looking forward to playing in front of a home crowd at GIO Stadium, where they have enjoyed a winning record so far in 2018, at the family-friendly time slot of 2pm Sunday.
Women in League round
Round 22 is the NRL's Women in League Round, giving the Raiders the opportunity to recognise the incredible contribution women have made to the NRL and Rugby League in Canberra.
The Raiders have organised a stack of activities to celebrate women in league and the Viking Ambassador for this week is Maddie Studdon who is the Captain of the NSW's Women's side.
The players will also be wearing a special women in league jersey.
Leipana's hot form
Last week Joey Leilua and Jordan Rapana reminded the NRL just how big of an attacking threat they are, with 'Leipana' combining for four tries against the Panthers on the weekend. Rapana's 90 metre dash down the sideline to score was joined by his two try assists and Leilua's hat-trick.
A clash against the Wests Tigers will have an in-form Leipana licking their lips. Leilua has scored five tries in the five matches he has played for the Raiders against the Tigers while Rapana's record is even more impressive with the winger crossing for nine tries in his six matches against the Tigers, including eight in his last three.
Watch for the Raiders to swing the ball right on Sunday and for these two to get plenty of early ball against an opposition they have dominated in the past.
Ending Benji's run
The Wests Tigers' decision to bring back 2005 premiership winners Benji Marshall and Robbie Farah has paid off, with the influential duo winding back the clock to be two of the club's best in 2018.
It's Marshall who Canberra will be most concerned by, with the flashy five-eighth enjoying a fantastic run against the Raiders.
Incredibly, Marshall has won each of the ten NRL matches he has played at GIO Stadium, a streak that has included three changes of club.
Marshall's record against the Raiders away from Canberra isn't too shabby either, with the former New Zealand international having won 17 of the 18 matches he has played against the Raiders at any venue.