Jersey Flegg Preview: Raiders v Thunderbolts

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.

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Thunderbolts is number 14 Chase Aporo
    Fullback for Raiders is number 1 Harley Smith-Shields
  • Winger for Thunderbolts is number 2 Josese Waqalevu
    Winger for Raiders is number 2 Manase Kaho
  • Centre for Thunderbolts is number 3 Uala Salia
    Centre for Raiders is number 3 Semi Valemei
  • Centre for Thunderbolts is number 4 Tangata Teroi
    Centre for Raiders is number 4 Matthew Timoko
  • Winger for Thunderbolts is number 23 Antonio Sanele
    Winger for Raiders is number 5 Jackson Stuart
  • Five-Eighth for Thunderbolts is number 6 Trent Toelau
    Five-Eighth for Raiders is number 6 Jarrett Subloo
  • Halfback for Thunderbolts is number 7 Nikau Williams
    Halfback for Raiders is number 7 Tobias Westcott

Forwards

  • Prop for Thunderbolts is number 8 Nicholas Flocas
    Prop for Raiders is number 8 Tyson Hodge
  • Hooker for Thunderbolts is number 9 Haele Uha Finau
    Hooker for Raiders is number 9 Kyle Paterson
  • Prop for Thunderbolts is number 10 Jack Natapu
    Prop for Raiders is number 10 Tom Robertson
  • 2nd Row for Thunderbolts is number 16 Ryan Wescombe
    2nd Row for Raiders is number 11 Jordan Martin
  • 2nd Row for Thunderbolts is number 12 Matt Stimson
    2nd Row for Raiders is number 12 Kai O'Donnell
  • Lock for Thunderbolts is number 13 Jermaine Tusa
    Lock for Raiders is number 13 Darby Medlyn

Interchange

  • Interchange for Thunderbolts is number 1 Troy Hanita-Paki
    Interchange for Raiders is number 14 Gideon Afemui
  • Interchange for Thunderbolts is number 11 Jacob Reedy-Bartlett
    Interchange for Raiders is number 15 Ata Mariota
  • Interchange for Thunderbolts is number 15 Seu Seuiavatele
    Interchange for Raiders is number 16 Silafano TITIUTI
  • Interchange for Thunderbolts is number 17 Gio Kubik
    Interchange for Raiders is number 17 Lazarus Vaalepu