What a Sunday afternoon blockbuster double to look forward to - the Raiders taking on the Roosters followed by the Rabbitohs facing the Storm at Gosford.

The Raiders have passed almost every test this season, but they failed at their first crack at the Roosters in round nine's Magic Round in Brisbane and will be relishing the chance to play them on home turf.

Victory on Sunday would further validate the Green Machine's premiership claims.

The Roosters remained in the top four with last week's rout of the Titans and can't afford to take their foot of the gas.

Match: Raiders v Roosters

Round 21 -

Full Time
Raiders

Home Team

Raiders

Scored 18 points
Roosters

Away Team

Roosters

Scored 22 points

Venue: GIO Stadium

Match broadcasters:

  • Foxtel
  • LIVE PASS
  • KAYO

The Rundown

Team news

Raiders: Canberra are 1-17 after making Joey Leilua and Emre Guler the final cuts from their squad. Nick Cotric returns from suspension, while Ryan Sutton is back from a calf injury and takes Guler's spot on the bench. Leilua will have to wait at least another week to make his return from the neck injury which has sidelined him since round seven. Sam Williams and Oldfield were cut from the reserves on Saturday. 

Roosters: Zane Tetevano has won a late promotion to the starting side with Isaac Liu dropping back to the bench but otherwise the visitors are 1-17. Matt Ikuvalu and Lachlan Lam are the final cuts to the match-day squad. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves returns from suspension. No other changes to the team that beat the Titans 58-6. Lindsay Collins and Drew Hutchison were omitted from the squad on Saturday.

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Raiders is number 1 Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad
    Fullback for Roosters is number 1 James Tedesco
  • Winger for Raiders is number 2 Bailey Simonsson
    Winger for Roosters is number 2 Daniel Tupou
  • Centre for Raiders is number 3 Jarrod Croker
    Centre for Roosters is number 3 Latrell Mitchell
  • Centre for Raiders is number 4 Nick Cotric
    Centre for Roosters is number 4 Joseph Manu
  • Winger for Raiders is number 5 Jordan Rapana
    Winger for Roosters is number 5 Brett Morris
  • Five-Eighth for Raiders is number 6 Jack Wighton
    Five-Eighth for Roosters is number 6 Luke Keary
  • Halfback for Raiders is number 7 Aidan Sezer
    Halfback for Roosters is number 7 Cooper Cronk

Forwards

  • Prop for Raiders is number 8 Josh Papalii
    Prop for Roosters is number 8 Jared Waerea-Hargreaves
  • Hooker for Raiders is number 9 Josh Hodgson
    Hooker for Roosters is number 9 Sam Verrills
  • Prop for Raiders is number 10 Iosia Soliola
    Prop for Roosters is number 15 Zane Tetevano
  • 2nd Row for Raiders is number 11 John Bateman
    2nd Row for Roosters is number 11 Angus Crichton
  • 2nd Row for Raiders is number 12 Elliott Whitehead
    2nd Row for Roosters is number 12 Mitchell Aubusson
  • Lock for Raiders is number 13 Joseph Tapine
    Lock for Roosters is number 13 Victor Radley

Interchange

  • Interchange for Raiders is number 14 Siliva Havili
    Interchange for Roosters is number 10 Isaac Liu
  • Interchange for Raiders is number 15 Dunamis Lui
    Interchange for Roosters is number 14 Nat Butcher
  • Interchange for Raiders is number 16 Corey Horsburgh
    Interchange for Roosters is number 16 Poasa Faamausili
  • Interchange for Raiders is number 17 Ryan Sutton
    Interchange for Roosters is number 17 Sitili Tupouniua

Key match-up

Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad v James Tedesco. The potential signing of the year against the best fullback in the world. The tussle between these two metre-devouring custodians is a nice sub-plot to a juicy top four clash.

For the Raiders to win

It's no surprise the Raiders have conceded the second-fewest points in 2019 when you watch how committed they are defensively. But while their defence will have to be extra strong on Sunday, they can't get bogged down in an arm wrestle. The Raiders are also one of the top attacking teams and need to keep the Roosters guessing from start to finish.

For the Roosters to win

The premiers better ready themselves for a finals-like atmosphere in the nation's capital and also should prepare to face a fired up Raiders team seeking redemption after the Roosters prevailed 30-24 in round nine. The Chooks must win the battle of the forwards, while the Cronk/Keary combo has to provide astute game management.

Brett Kimmorley says

The Raiders have a chance here to make an even bigger statement than they made against the Panthers a couple of weeks back. This is a big test for them. I look forward to seeing how tough the Raiders can play against a side like the Roosters who are very physical and don’t miss many tackles. It is a great chance to sit there and see just how exciting the finals could be. Josh Hodgson is the key for Canberra and Luke Keary the key for the Roosters. Roosters by 2

Stat Attack

Raiders captain Jarrod Croker will need an extraordinary run of matches to catch Roosters centre Latrell Mitchell for the leading point-scorer title. Mitchell (241) comfortably leads second-placed Croker (166).

And another thing ...

It's been 25 years since the Raiders last won a premiership or even played in a grand final. The club's most successful era was the late 80s and early 90s when it won titles in 1989, '90 and '94. Coach Ricky Stuart was the halfback and the team featured some of the game's greats like Mal Meninga, Laurie Daley, Brad Clyde and Glenn Lazarus. The Raiders were hoping to break their premiership drought when they finished second on the ladder in 2016. This season they have another great opportunity to finally make it back to the big dance.