Five Things: Raiders v Rabbitohs

The Raiders are back at GIO Stadium this week to take on the second-placed South Sydney Rabbitohs on Saturday. Here are five things to look out for!

England comes to Canberra

The battle of England internationals will take place at GIO Stadium, with the Burgess brothers taking on countrymen Elliott Whitehead, Ryan Sutton and Josh Hodgson.

Leading the brothers once again, Rabbitohs skipper Sam Burgess has started the season strongly with six tries in nine games.

Raiders forwards Whitehead and Sutton have both scored a try in nine appearances this season, with Whitehead tied first in the league for charge downs.

With the England international coach Wayne Bennett looking on, the English will be out in full force on the weekend.

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Back at GIO

After three long weeks, the Raiders will finally return home to GIO Stadium.

Canberra fans have not seen their Raiders at home since Round 6 when they defeated the Brisbane Broncos 26-22.

It will also be the third time in six years where the Rabbitohs have played in Canberra, having played one game in 2014 and one game last season.

International Hooker Battle

English international Josh Hodgson will come face to face with Australian international Damien Cook on Saturday.

The two hookers are evenly matched, both with five forced dropouts this season and have both shown their strengths early in the year.

The Raiders Co-captain Hodgson averages 115 kicking metres, whilst the NSW representative Cook has 828 total running metres.

Both hookers will be looking to use their strengths this week when they match up against each other at GIO Stadium.

Top Four Clash

The fourth-placed Raiders will once again match-up against a side near the top of the table when they face a second-placed Rabbitohs.

The Green Machine is coming off the back of a 30-24 loss to the Sydney Roosters, whilst the Rabbitohs are in strong form having only lost one game this season.

The Raiders will be looking to continue the form they showed in the second half against the Roosters when they take to the field this Saturday.

Old Gold

Michael Oldfield has slotted into the side with ease after the unfortunate injury to Joey Leilua.

In his two performances this season, the Tongan international has scored two tries keeping up his excellent tries to game ratio for the Green Machine.

Interestingly, since joining the Raiders, Oldfield has always managed to score against his former clubs. We’re hoping that trend continues this weekend against Souths.