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NRL Match Preview: Raiders v Sea Eagles

The Canberra Raiders will head into Sunday afternoon’s clash aiming for their fifth consecutive win when they line up against the Manly Sea Eagles at Lottoland.

Canberra head to Manly in search of equalling their 2018 away record and claim their third victory on the road this year.

The Raiders will be looking to add to their successful start to the season after narrowly defeating the Brisbane Broncos 26-22 in Round 6 to remain near the top of the table.

The Sea Eagles will be hoping to bounce back after losing 12-10 in the late stages against their match against the Dragons in Wollongong.

Manly won their previous three matches and will be looking to return to winning ways in front of their home fans.

Five Things: Raiders v Manly

Last Time: The Raiders defeated the Sea Eagles 21-20 in last year’s round 12 clash between the two sides at GIO Stadium. The Raiders were down 14-12 at half time, yet a late try to Jack Wighton and a field goal from Aidan Sezer saw the Raiders win in the last minute.

Team Lists


  • Fullback for Sea Eagles is number 1 Brendan Elliot
    Fullback for Raiders is number 1 Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad
  • Winger for Sea Eagles is number 2 Jorge Taufua
    Winger for Raiders is number 2 Nick Cotric
  • Centre for Sea Eagles is number 3 Moses Suli
    Centre for Raiders is number 3 Jarrod Croker
  • Centre for Sea Eagles is number 4 Brad Parker
    Centre for Raiders is number 4 Joseph Leilua
  • Winger for Sea Eagles is number 5 Reuben Garrick
    Winger for Raiders is number 5 Jordan Rapana
  • Five-Eighth for Sea Eagles is number 20 Lachlan Croker
    Five-Eighth for Raiders is number 6 Jack Wighton
  • Halfback for Sea Eagles is number 7 Daly Cherry-Evans
    Halfback for Raiders is number 7 Sam Williams


  • Prop for Sea Eagles is number 8 Toafofoa Sipley
    Prop for Raiders is number 8 Josh Papalii
  • Hooker for Sea Eagles is number 9 Apisai Koroisau
    Hooker for Raiders is number 9 Josh Hodgson
  • Prop for Sea Eagles is number 10 Martin Taupau
    Prop for Raiders is number 10 Dunamis Lui
  • 2nd Row for Sea Eagles is number 11 Joel Thompson
    2nd Row for Raiders is number 11 John Bateman
  • 2nd Row for Sea Eagles is number 12 Curtis Sironen
    2nd Row for Raiders is number 12 Elliott Whitehead
  • Lock for Sea Eagles is number 13 Jake Trbojevic
    Lock for Raiders is number 13 Ryan Sutton


  • Interchange for Sea Eagles is number 14 Manase Fainu
    Interchange for Raiders is number 14 Siliva Havili
  • Interchange for Sea Eagles is number 15 Jack Gosiewski
    Interchange for Raiders is number 15 Emre Guler
  • Interchange for Sea Eagles is number 16 Corey Waddell
    Interchange for Raiders is number 16 Iosia Soliola
  • Interchange for Sea Eagles is number 17 Morgan Boyle
    Interchange for Raiders is number 17 Jack Murchie

Match Officials

  • Referee: Gerard Sutton
  • Referee: Adam Gee
  • Touch Judge: Dave Munro
  • Touch Judge: Nick Morel
  • Senior Review Official: Ashley Klein

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Key Match-Ups

Sam Williams v Daly Cherry-Evans

It’ll be a massive battle in the centre of the park as Raiders in-form halfback Sam Williams comes up against Daly Cherry-Evans.

Williams came into the side in Round 3 to replace the injured Aidan Sezer and has been a consistent player in helping the Raiders continue their winning run.

A try against the Knights as well as two field goals in his past four matches has allowed him to retain his spot partnering Wighton in the halves.

Cherry-Evans has been instrumental in helping the Sea Eagles back to winning form, including a successful field goal in golden point against the Rabbitohs in Round 4.

With both halfbacks in tremendous form, the performances of the two playmakers will be crucial for their respective sides.

Coach's Comment: Raiders v Sea Eagles

Joey Leilua v Moses Suli

Joey Leilua will be hoping to continue his impressive try-scoring start to the season when he matches up with Tongan international Moses Suli.

Leilua has notched up four tries in his past six matches, including an impressive double last week against the Broncos to help lead the Raiders to victory.

The Samoan representative has continued to develop his strong partnership with winger Jordan Rapana and will want to continue to impress on the right edge.

Suli will hope to get his second try of the year as he hopes to contribute towards a Manly side that’s looking for their fourth win in five games.

The two powerful centres go head to head in what is sure to be an entertaining matchup as the two look to get on the scoreboard for their sides.

Game Day Guide: Raiders v Sea Eagles

Ryan Sutton v Jake Trbojevic

Another big battle can be found in the centre when Raiders new recruit Ryan Sutton faces NSW representative Jake Trbojevic.

Sutton produced a spectacular performance last weekend against the Broncos, scoring his first try for the club in unique fashion after gathering a loose ball after it ricocheted off Wighton’s head.

The Englishman has excelled since replacing the injured Joe Tapine in the starting lineup in Round 3.

Trbojevic has been a key player in the Sea Eagles defence, making 248 tackles in the first six matches and playing all but five minutes of each game at lock.

The two forwards will be wanting to show their determination and hunger for the ball in what looks to be a close contest at Brookvale Oval this Sunday.

It's [my knee] getting better every day

Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad

Nicoll-Klokstad confident in Knee

Head to Head: The Raiders and Sea Eagles have met on 57 occasions, with Canberra only winning 21 compared to Manly’s 33, with the three remaining matches ending in draws.

Acknowledgement of Country

Canberra Raiders respect and honour the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.