Jersey Flegg Preview: Raiders v Tigers

The Raiders in-form Jersey Flegg team travel to Campbelltown Stadium on Saturday afternoon, to take on the Wests Tigers in round 13.

The third placed Raiders are fresh off their 36-16 win over the bulldogs last weekend and will be looking to make it five wins in a row against the 10th placed Tigers.

Raiders Coach Ash Barnes said he’s been impressed with his sides form and the way their building into their season so far.

“We’ve been winning games and seeing improvement, but we haven’t quite reached our best just yet,” Barnes said. “Having said that I’m very happy with the week to week improvement of the team and how they are working hard for each other.”  

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Wests Tigers is number 1 Logen Dillon
    Fullback for Raiders is number 1 Daine Spencer
  • Winger for Wests Tigers is number 2 Aiden Young
    Winger for Raiders is number 2 Lachlan Eveston
  • Centre for Wests Tigers is number 3 Zac Cini
    Centre for Raiders is number 3 Harley Smith-Shields
  • Centre for Wests Tigers is number 4 Curtis Wilson
    Centre for Raiders is number 4 Matthew Timoko
  • Winger for Wests Tigers is number 23 Liam SCOLARI
    Winger for Raiders is number 5 Jackson Stuart
  • Five-Eighth for Wests Tigers is number 6 Max Burey
    Five-Eighth for Raiders is number 6 Jarrett Subloo
  • Halfback for Wests Tigers is number 7 Ben Stevanovic
    Halfback for Raiders is number 7 Tobias Westcott

Forwards

  • Prop for Wests Tigers is number 16 Mavoni Tuifua
    Prop for Raiders is number 8 Charlie Rorke
  • Hooker for Wests Tigers is number 15 Rajko Jankovic
    Hooker for Raiders is number 9 Liam Mock
  • Prop for Wests Tigers is number 10 Sione Tupou
    Prop for Raiders is number 10 Silafano TITIUTI
  • 2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 11 Henry Lealuga-Puhotau
    2nd Row for Raiders is number 11 Duwanye Mariner
  • 2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 12 Ben Seufale
    2nd Row for Raiders is number 12 Kai O'Donnell
  • Lock for Wests Tigers is number 13 Jordan Main
    Lock for Raiders is number 13 Tom Robertson

Interchange

  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 8 Felix Smith
    Interchange for Raiders is number 14 Joe Roberts
  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 14 Bennett Wheelhouse
    Interchange for Raiders is number 15 Matthew Dragisic
  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 17 Lucas Castle
    Interchange for Raiders is number 16 Tyson Hodge
  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 21 Kobe Chamberlain
    Interchange for Raiders is number 17 Ata Mariota

Barnes said the dedication of the squad to their preparation has been crucial to their position on the ladder and he’s keen to see where they can go if they remain dedicated to this.

“A big part of our form has been our preparation. We’ve been putting in some tough sessions on the training field and it’s paying off on game day,” he said. “Like I said, its all about improvement and if we continue to see that we’ll be in every game.”

The Raiders face a Tigers this week who have been in and out of form during the first half of the season, but Barnes is under no illusions to the threat they possess.

“Their position on the ladder doesn’t reflect the side they have. They did have a couple of losses before the byes, but their early season for was quite strong,” he said. “They’ve got a big forward pack so we’ll need to be strong in the middle part of the field to contain them and gain field position”

Barnes said he’s impressed with the way his playmakers Jarrett Subloo, Toby Westcott and Daine Spencer have developed over the last few matches, but it’s all about the teams forwards getting the side on the front foot.

“I’m really happy with the way Jarrett, Toby and Daine have been working together and their game management is getting better each week,” he said. “Its all about the forwards laying a platform for us though so these guys can do what they need to do.”