The Canberra Raiders Jersey Flegg side will be looking to close in on a finals berth when they face the Victoria Thunderbolts on Saturday afternoon.
The Raiders will be wanting to return to winning ways after going down to the Roosters last weekend 28-16 despite leading at halftime.
The Thunderbolts will also be looking to bounce back after suffering a 64-6 loss to the South Sydney Rabbitohs.
Raiders coach Ash Barnes said that despite the loss, his team’s impressive display in the first half is something teams should be wary of.
“There were still plenty of things in the first half that we could’ve done better,” said Barnes. “But we did play well and we were able to show the Roosters what we were capable of.”
Heading into the latter stages of the season, Barnes believes that major area his team need to improve on is defence.
“We really pride ourselves on our defence, and have done a lot of work to improve on that already,” said Barnes. “We haven’t been happy with that the past couple of weeks, so we’ll look to keep improving on that.”
The Raiders are currently sitting in seventh place on the ladder and are three points clear of the ninth placed Dragons with three rounds remaining.
In addition to this, the top four is within touching distance of the Raiders as the side sit two points behind the Panthers in fourth place.
The last time the Raiders and Thunderbolts faced each other way back in Round 2 as the match finished in a 21-21 draw.
Match: Thunderbolts v Raiders
Round 22 -
Fullback for Thunderbolts is number 14 Chase AporoFullback for Raiders is number 1 Harley Smith-Shields
Winger for Thunderbolts is number 2 Josese WaqalevuWinger for Raiders is number 2 Manase Kaho
Centre for Thunderbolts is number 3 Uala SaliaCentre for Raiders is number 3 Semi Valemei
Centre for Thunderbolts is number 4 Tangata TeroiCentre for Raiders is number 4 Matthew Timoko
Winger for Thunderbolts is number 23 Antonio SaneleWinger for Raiders is number 5 Jackson Stuart
Five-Eighth for Thunderbolts is number 6 Trent ToelauFive-Eighth for Raiders is number 6 Jarrett Subloo
Halfback for Thunderbolts is number 7 Nikau WilliamsHalfback for Raiders is number 7 Tobias Westcott
Prop for Thunderbolts is number 8 Nicholas FlocasProp for Raiders is number 8 Tyson Hodge
Hooker for Thunderbolts is number 9 Haele Uha FinauHooker for Raiders is number 9 Kyle Paterson
Prop for Thunderbolts is number 10 Jack NatapuProp for Raiders is number 10 Tom Robertson
2nd Row for Thunderbolts is number 16 Ryan Wescombe2nd Row for Raiders is number 11 Jordan Martin
2nd Row for Thunderbolts is number 12 Matt Stimson2nd Row for Raiders is number 12 Kai O'Donnell
Lock for Thunderbolts is number 13 Jermaine TusaLock for Raiders is number 13 Darby Medlyn
Interchange for Thunderbolts is number 1 Troy Hanita-PakiInterchange for Raiders is number 14 Gideon Afemui
Interchange for Thunderbolts is number 11 Jacob Reedy-BartlettInterchange for Raiders is number 15 Ata Mariota
Interchange for Thunderbolts is number 15 Seu SeuiavateleInterchange for Raiders is number 16 Silafano TITIUTI
Interchange for Thunderbolts is number 17 Gio KubikInterchange for Raiders is number 17 Lazarus Vaalepu