You have skipped the navigation, tab for page content
Junior Reps Round 3 Preview

After two gritty wins to start the season, the Canberra Raiders S.G. Ball Cup side will be looking to maintain their record when they face the Victorian Thunderbolts.

Having seen his side come from behind to defeat the Parramatta Eels and New Zealand Warriors respectively, coach Billy Thomson is pleased with the character displayed by the playing group.

“It’s encouraging sign for me but there’s a lot to work on,” Thomson said. “We’re a new side together, we’ve got some young halves in there so there’s a lot to work on.

“The side have been very courageous over the last couple of weeks and the last couple of wins. They’re playing for each other with a lot of purpose. They’re also playing for the jumper which is very important for us.”

Highlights: UNE Harold Matthews Cup Rd 2

The side will be aiming to remain at the top of table with a win but Thomson says his side need to improve in defence.

“We spoke in detail this week about our defensive techniques that let us down last week – and there were quite a few of them,” Thomson said. “We put our nose to the grindstone on Wednesday night focusing on all these points and that’s where I’d like to see some improvement.

“We’ve leaked close to 22 points per game and that’s not good enough and the players know that and we’d like to get that number down.

With a short season, Thomson is working hard to ensure his sides continues their momentum and doesn’t take their foot off the peddle when they face the Thunderbolts.

“Rugby league is all about playing off the back of some really good momentum and I think having the start that we’ve established at the moment has given us an opportunity,” Thomson said. “We just need to take that opportunity and make it really work for us as a group.”

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Raiders is number 1 Junior Tupou
    Fullback for Thunderbolts is number 1 Sualauvi Faalogo
  • Winger for Raiders is number 2 Ashton Kolinisau
    Winger for Thunderbolts is number 2 Lene FETERIKA
  • Centre for Raiders is number 3 Michael Asomua
    Centre for Thunderbolts is number 3 Sione Finau
  • Centre for Raiders is number 4 Brown Kuresa
    Centre for Thunderbolts is number 4 Deveraux Feo
  • Winger for Raiders is number 5 Livai Kaloutolu
    Winger for Thunderbolts is number 5 Imila Mataafa
  • Five-Eighth for Raiders is number 6 Mitchell SPENCER
    Five-Eighth for Thunderbolts is number 6 Andy Tapatuetoa
  • Halfback for Raiders is number 9 Joshua Pokoney
    Halfback for Thunderbolts is number 7 Noah NATAPU

Forwards

  • Prop for Raiders is number 7 Connor Williams
    Prop for Thunderbolts is number 8 Fonua Pole
  • Hooker for Raiders is number 12 Caleb ESERA
    Hooker for Thunderbolts is number 22 Lotoni POUHILA
  • Prop for Raiders is number 15 Jayden Clarkson
    Prop for Thunderbolts is number 10 Gabriel BARTLETT
  • 2nd Row for Raiders is number 8 Bryce Magnone
    2nd Row for Thunderbolts is number 9 Tui IEREMIA
  • 2nd Row for Raiders is number 11 Henry Alesi
    2nd Row for Thunderbolts is number 11 Xaviour TAUFA
  • Lock for Raiders is number 13 Trey Mooney
    Lock for Thunderbolts is number 13 Jared Nauma

Interchange

  • Interchange for Raiders is number 17 Eneseli Kamuta
    Interchange for Thunderbolts is number 14 Josiah KENI
  • Interchange for Raiders is number 18 Kane Smith
    Interchange for Thunderbolts is number 15 Allan LO TAM
  • Interchange for Raiders is number 19 Jack Williams
    Interchange for Thunderbolts is number 16 Poasa Telepe
  • Interchange for Raiders is number 22 Jackson Owen
    Interchange for Thunderbolts is number 20 Jethro TAVU’I-LEOTA

Reserves

  • Reserve for Raiders is number 16 Ethan Foster
    Reserve for Thunderbolts is number 18 Nat LATU

Elsewhere, the Canberra Raiders Tarsha Gale Cup side will be looking to maintain their 100 per cent winning record when they host the Wests Tigers.

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Raiders is number 1 Madyson Tooth
    Fullback for Wests Tigers is number 1 Jessica Whelan
  • Winger for Raiders is number 2 Klaudia Osztrenkovics
    Winger for Wests Tigers is number 2 Jaidarose LENE
  • Centre for Raiders is number 3 Valasi ASOMUA
    Centre for Wests Tigers is number 4 Shelby MUIR
  • Centre for Raiders is number 4 Grace TAI
    Centre for Wests Tigers is number 18 vani sorovi
  • Winger for Raiders is number 5 Molly CARR
    Winger for Wests Tigers is number 5 Chloe Newman
  • Five-Eighth for Raiders is number 6 Makayla MORRIS
    Five-Eighth for Wests Tigers is number 6 Briana Dean
  • Halfback for Raiders is number 7 Krystal Blackwell
    Halfback for Wests Tigers is number 7 Georgia Nies

Forwards

  • Prop for Raiders is number 8 Holly Jane CHRISTISON
    Prop for Wests Tigers is number 8 Eileen SINAKI-TEULILO
  • Hooker for Raiders is number 9 Maddie DODSON
    Hooker for Wests Tigers is number 9 Taleah GIBSON
  • Prop for Raiders is number 10 Amelia KIRIUI
    Prop for Wests Tigers is number 10 piper sutton
  • 2nd Row for Raiders is number 11 Samantha Clegg
    2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 11 Tiamo Williams
  • 2nd Row for Raiders is number 12 Grace Martin
    2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 12 Folau VAKI
  • Lock for Raiders is number 13 Geena Elliott
    Lock for Wests Tigers is number 13 Jessica Kennedy

Interchange

  • Interchange for Raiders is number 14 Jemma DAVEY
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 3 Maleah MAYOL
  • Interchange for Raiders is number 15 Hayley LIDDLE
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 15 Eliza SIILATA
  • Interchange for Raiders is number 17 Maata ALAI-LOKENI
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 16 Anna Moa
  • Interchange for Raiders is number 18 Sydney Harrison
    Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 19 Tehillah VAELUAGA

Reserves

  • Reserve for Raiders is number 16 Ashleigh DEATON

The Harold Matthews Cup side are guaranteed two competitions points as they enjoy the bye.