Five Things: Raiders v Roosters
The Raiders welcome the top of the table Sydney Roosters to GIO Stadium on Sunday afternoon. Here are five things to cast an eye over.
Despite the ladder position this season of these two teams, the Roosters have struggled when it comes to making the trip down south.
The Raiders have won the last four meetings in Canberra between the two clubs and eight of the last ten in the Nation's capital.
Coming up against a red-hot Roosters side that have won nine of their last ten matches, the Raiders will have their work cut out to make it five on the trot in Canberra.
Best attack v best defence
The Raiders sit in 10th position on the ladder but as they have in previous seasons, there is no issues with their point scoring ability.
Canberra have scored 509 points (average of 24.2 per game) which is eight more than the Rabbitohs who sit in second position on the ladder.
This will be the Raiders toughest test this season to score points as they come up against the Roosters who have only conceded 315 points (average of 15 per game) which is 14 points less than the second-best defensive side in the Melbourne Storm.
The Raiders and Roosters have fought out some classic clashes over the past few years and it's made evident with six of the last eight matches being decided by eight points or less.
These sides have only met once each season since 2014 making the clashes between the two sides all the more enticing.
Will the close affairs continue or will one side blow the other out of the water on Sunday afternoon at GIO Stadium?
Time to wreak havoc
The Raiders season was mathematically ended with the loss on Sunday to the Wests Tigers as the attention turns to finishing the season on a high.
Clashes against the Roosters (first), Rabbitohs (second) and Warriors (seventh) gives the Raiders every opportunity to challenge themselves against some of the best teams in the competition.
It also allows Ricky Stuart's side to potentially shake up the top eight with a loss for any of those sides proving costly as only two points separate first and fourth as well as two points separating fifth and eighth.
For the third consecutive season, Canberra Raiders Major Sponsor Huawei has given up front of jersey placement for the match against the Roosters and allocated it to local ACT Charity the Ricky Stuart Foundation.
In season 2017 the equivalent game day promotion raised over $41,000, through at game fundraising initiatives and the online jersey auction, with the aim in the current season to surpass this amount.
The 2018 Huawei #AutismWellbeing jersey design features selected artwork from two female 10-year old's Kayla Marlow & Neve Smith who entered an online competition during the pre-season.