The Canberra Raiders’ Jersey Flegg team will be looking to bounce back this weekend as they face the Sea Eagles at HE Laybutt Field on Sunday afternoon.
The team had a narrow loss against the New Zealand Warriors last week going down 40-34. However, the side pulled the game back after trailing by 24 points at one stage of the match.
Raiders coach Ash Barnes said that although it was a tough loss, he was more than impressed with how his side came back into the match late on.
“They turned the possession rate around and when we got the ball they showed we could score some points… That’s what I was most pleased about was that fight to get back into the game,” said Barnes.
A knee injury to star winger Semi Valemi forced Barnes to make a change in the starting line-up, however, said replacement Daine Spencer did well on debut.
"He's a player that plays with a lot of energy," said Barnes. "Particularly at the back end of the second half, he caused the Warriors a bit of trouble and gave our side a bit of energy".
Another surprise inclusion was halfback Toby Westcott making a return from an injury in round one, with Barnes impressed with his effort early on and believes he’ll continue to grow in confidence after his first game back.
The Raiders will hope to get back to winning ways and back into the top eight when they come up against Manly this weekend.
The Sea Eagles head into clash desperate for a win after losing 50-0 against the Dragons.
Match: Sea Eagles v Raiders
Round 7 -
Fullback for Sea Eagles is number 1 Zaan WeatherallFullback for Raiders is number 1 Jackson Stuart
Winger for Sea Eagles is number 2 Roland PodestaWinger for Raiders is number 2 Brigham Moeakiola
Centre for Sea Eagles is number 3 Max LehmannCentre for Raiders is number 3 Harley Smith-Shields
Centre for Sea Eagles is number 4 Kyle CasselCentre for Raiders is number 4 Matthew Timoko
Winger for Sea Eagles is number 5 Simi AfeakiWinger for Raiders is number 5 Daine Spencer
Five-Eighth for Sea Eagles is number 6 Zachary ButlerFive-Eighth for Raiders is number 6 Jarrett Subloo
Halfback for Sea Eagles is number 7 Hyrum WichmannHalfback for Raiders is number 7 Tobias Westcott
Prop for Sea Eagles is number 8 Michael FennProp for Raiders is number 15 Tom Robertson
Hooker for Sea Eagles is number 9 Max BarryHooker for Raiders is number 9 Kyle Paterson
Prop for Sea Eagles is number 10 Mark Tepu-SmithProp for Raiders is number 16 Silafano TITIUTI
2nd Row for Sea Eagles is number 11 Sean Vaivelata2nd Row for Raiders is number 10 Duwanye Mariner
2nd Row for Sea Eagles is number 12 Ben Gleeson2nd Row for Raiders is number 12 Kai O'Donnell
Lock for Sea Eagles is number 13 Finn HeathLock for Raiders is number 13 Darby Medlyn
Interchange for Sea Eagles is number 14 Jacob SykesInterchange for Raiders is number 8 Charlie Rorke
Interchange for Sea Eagles is number 15 Neihana OldhamInterchange for Raiders is number 14 Liam Mock
Interchange for Sea Eagles is number 16 Falefa LetoiInterchange for Raiders is number 17 Lazarus Vaalepu
Interchange for Sea Eagles is number 17 Mosese FaeamaniInterchange for Raiders is number 19 Jesse Dent