The Raiders stay at home for Round 6 to face the Brisbane Broncos at GIO Stadium on Sunday night. Here are five things to look out for.
A Raiders’ home game at GIO Stadium is the perfect place to spend your Easter Sunday with the family.
Canberra fans will be able to enjoy both footy and chocolate with Easter eggs being handed out around the ground and through the member’s lounge.
The Raiders will play at 4:05 pm which is the perfect time for all the family to come out and experience the Vikings’ clap in a sea of lime green.
The Green Machine will look to complete the Queensland trifecta when they face Brisbane this week. The Raiders have won against both the Gold Coast Titans and the North Queensland Cowboys so far this season.
However, it will be no easy task this week as the Raiders have lost the past six meetings with the Broncos, with the last win coming in 2013 at GIO Stadium.
The last meeting in 2018 saw a close game between the two sides at Suncorp Stadium with Canberra losing 26-22.
Defence wins games
Once again, the Raiders will show off their defensive presence as they hope to maintain the best defensive record in the NRL.
Canberra kept a side to nil for the first time since 2013 when they defeated the Titans 21-0 in round one. Four weeks later, the Raiders kept the in-form Parramatta Eels to zero points in a 19-0 victory.
The team has only conceded 44 points this season, eight points fewer than the next best side, the Melbourne Storm.
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GIO Stadium saw three Canberra teams play last round, with the Raiders Jersey Flegg side and the Mounties both appearing before the main game. This week is no different when the three sides lace up their boots on Sunday.
The Mounties will look to stay undefeated in the season when they face the Warriors at 1:40 pm. The last matchup between the two teams saw the Mounties win a close 21-20 game at Panthers Stadium.
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The Jersey Flegg side are coming off the back of a 30-12 win over the Parramatta Eels. The side will look to carry that momentum when they face the Warriors for the first time at 11:45 am.
Battle of the packs
The Raiders’ new look mobile forward pack has performed well so far this season and will once again face a big test up against a young talented Brisbane pack.
Josh Papalii will be aiming to continue his strong form after he scored a try against the Eels. The Queensland representative made 154 running meters and seven tackle breaks against Parramatta.
Leading the Broncos pack will be NSW hopeful, Matthew Lodge who will likely be joined by young props Joe Ofahengaue and Payne Haas.