The Canberra Raiders’ Jersey Flegg will look to make it two wins in a row this weekend when they take on the West Tigers at GIO Stadium this Saturday afternoon.

The Raiders come into the match off the back of a bye after previously defeating the Eels in Round 16 28-16 thanks to a Kyle Paterson double.

The Tigers also enter the match off the back of a bye, after beating the Rabbitohs 38-24 in Round 16 as well.

The Raiders also welcome back Darby Medlyn, who starred for the NSW u20’s side in their 36-10 victory over Queensland.

Raiders coach Ash Barnes said that the two weeks off really helped the players “refresh the bodies and the minds”.

“It was really good to get that win over Parramatta heading in the two weeks off,” said Barnes. “Coming back, we’ve been building up into this last block of the season.”

Barnes said it’s also good to get back not only Darby Medlyn from Origin duties, but Matt Timoko and Harley Smith-Shields who have been called up to play in the NSW Cup with the Mounties side this season.

“Really excited to see these boys come back after the experiences they’ve had,” said Barnes. “They’ve done a really good job at the higher levels… it’ll be good for them to come back and perform at that same higher level in the under 20’s competition.”

Barnes was also impressed with the “environment” within the side after the team supported Medlyn’s Origin performance in Sydney.

“We took 21 players down in a bus to support him. Just shows the sort of environment and relationship the boys have within the squad,” said Barnes. 

The game against the West Tigers will be a curtain raiser for the NRL clash later on, with the Jersey Flegg match kicking off at 3:15 pm at GIO Stadium.

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Raiders is number 1 Daine Spencer
    Fullback for Wests Tigers is number 1 Shondre Lee-Silva
  • Winger for Raiders is number 2 Semi Valemei
    Winger for Wests Tigers is number 5 Aiden Young
  • Centre for Raiders is number 3 Harley Smith-Shields
    Centre for Wests Tigers is number 3 Zac Cini
  • Centre for Raiders is number 4 Matthew Timoko
    Centre for Wests Tigers is number 4 Curtis Wilson
  • Winger for Raiders is number 5 Manase Kaho
    Winger for Wests Tigers is number 2 Liam SCOLARI
  • Five-Eighth for Raiders is number 6 Jarrett Subloo
    Five-Eighth for Wests Tigers is number 6 Gus Garzaniti
  • Halfback for Raiders is number 7 Tobias Westcott
    Halfback for Wests Tigers is number 7 Ben Stevanovic

Forwards

  • Prop for Raiders is number 8 Tyson Hodge
    Prop for Wests Tigers is number 8 Felix Smith
  • Hooker for Raiders is number 9 Kyle Paterson
    Hooker for Wests Tigers is number 9 Rua Ngatikaura
  • Prop for Raiders is number 10 Duwanye Mariner
    Prop for Wests Tigers is number 17 Michael Fenn
  • 2nd Row for Raiders is number 11 Lachlan Lewis
    2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 11 Ethan Mokoia
  • 2nd Row for Raiders is number 12 Kai O'Donnell
    2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 12 Ben Seufale
  • Lock for Raiders is number 13 Darby Medlyn
    Lock for Wests Tigers is number 13 Jordan Main

Interchange

  • Interchange for Raiders is number 14 Joe Roberts
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 14 Bennett Wheelhouse
  • Interchange for Raiders is number 15 Tom Robertson
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 16 Mavoni Tuifua
  • Interchange for Raiders is number 16 Lazarus Vaalepu
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 18 Senn Kane
  • Interchange for Raiders is number 17 Jordan Martin
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 21 Lucas Castle