The Canberra Raiders’ Jersey Flegg team will head into the weekend full of confidence when they come up against league leaders Penrith Panthers at McDonald’s stadium midday this Saturday.

The team enter the clash off the back of a 56-4 victory over the Manly Sea Eagles last weekend, with Matthew Timoko, Kyle Paterson and Harley Smith-Shields all getting doubles.

The Panthers head into the match after a 42-0 victory over the Rabbitohs in Round 7.

Raiders coach Ash Barnes said that this win has been building and has highlighted the continuing defensive improvement as an important factor during last week’s win.

“There were different stages in that second half where the boys could’ve given up another try,” said Barnes. “They really showed a lot of resilience to continuously turn up and defend their line.”

Jarret Subloo returned to the starting line-up after a quad injury, with Barnes saying he was happy to have a full strength halves partnership for the first time since Round 1.

“We were able to be quite a threat across the field,” said Barnes. “Going forward, those combinations between Subloo, Wescott and Kyle Paterson will continue to build… it’s really pleasing.”

The Raiders side came through injury-free after their victory, with Barnes planning to name a very similar side for Round 8’s match in what is one that the coach and the players are ‘very looking forward to’.

The Raiders will hope to stop a rampant Panthers side this weekend and continue their push for the top eight when the two clubs face off this weekend at McDonald’s Park in Wagga Wagga at 12:45 pm.

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Raiders is number 1 Jackson Stuart
    Fullback for Panthers is number 1 Charlie Staines
  • Winger for Raiders is number 2 Brigham MOEAKIOLA
    Winger for Panthers is number 2 Glenn Mcgrady
  • Centre for Raiders is number 3 Harley Smith-Shields
    Centre for Panthers is number 3 Stephen Crichton
  • Centre for Raiders is number 4 Matthew Timoko
    Centre for Panthers is number 19 Jake Tago
  • Winger for Raiders is number 5 Daine Spencer
    Winger for Panthers is number 5 Matthew Faauila
  • Five-Eighth for Raiders is number 6 Jarrett Subloo
    Five-Eighth for Panthers is number 6 Matt Burton
  • Halfback for Raiders is number 7 Tobias Westcott
    Halfback for Panthers is number 7 Brendan Hands

Forwards

  • Prop for Raiders is number 8 Charlie Rorke
    Prop for Panthers is number 8 Jayden Tanner
  • Hooker for Raiders is number 9 Kyle Paterson
    Hooker for Panthers is number 9 Ryan Pritchard
  • Prop for Raiders is number 10 Silafano TITIUTI
    Prop for Panthers is number 10 Bradley Gaut
  • 2nd Row for Raiders is number 11 Darby Medlyn
    2nd Row for Panthers is number 11 Terrell May
  • 2nd Row for Raiders is number 12 Kai O'Donnell
    2nd Row for Panthers is number 12 J'maine Hopgood
  • Lock for Raiders is number 16 Jesse Dent
    Lock for Panthers is number 13 Lindsay Smith

Interchange

  • Interchange for Raiders is number 14 Liam Mock
    Interchange for Panthers is number 14 Adam Fearnley
  • Interchange for Raiders is number 15 Tom Robertson
    Interchange for Panthers is number 16 Ratu Nanovo
  • Interchange for Raiders is number 17 Lazarus Vaalepu
    Interchange for Panthers is number 17 John Trimboli
  • Interchange for Raiders is number 13 Duwanye Mariner
    Interchange for Panthers is number 23 Nitoa Kairau