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Raiders centre Jarrod Croker.

Canberra co-captain Jarrod Croker says the Warriors will be fuelled by the adversity they've faced in 2020. 

The Warriors have been a team without a home after electing not to return to New Zealand in order to help the NRL continue amid the coronavirus pandemic.

That starts with a clash with the Raiders on the Gold Coast on Saturday.

On Friday morning they announced they will be remaining in Australia indefinitely.

Croker believes the ordeal the Warriors are going through will result in a committed performance against his side.

"If they're ever going to be up for a game, this is going to be it," Croker said.

Warriors v Raiders - Round 2

"It's tough for us with everything that's gone on but first week in camp for them, they're going to feel like their backs are to the wall and they're going to come out fired up."

Croker, who has scored 17 tries in his last 19 games against the Warriors, expected his side to deal with playing in front of no fans at Cbus Super Stadium.  

"It'll be hard to get used it for home games and once you get out there it'll probably feel like you're at training.

"Watching the game last night [Bulldogs and Cowboys] it looked like once they got into their groove [they were okay] and I would say once that happens most players will get on with their usual job."

The Raiders made a minor adjustment to the side that beat the Gold Coast in round one, with Corey Horsburgh and Joe Tapine switching places from the edge to the middle.

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Horsburgh starred filling in for the injured John Bateman, recording 125 run metres and 37 tackles in round one.

"Taps has played back-row for a lot longer than Corey, who's got the string to the bow and can play there if we need him to, but Taps is a bit more comfortable on an edge, especially defensively," Josh Hodgson said of the change.

The Canberra hooker also hoped to see the outside backs continue to go looking for work in round two after continuing the Raiders' reputation of having a back five capable of bending the line.

Nick Cotric, Bailey Simonsson and Curtis Scott ran for a combined 437 metres from 47 runs in round one, setting up a mouth-watering battle with the Warriors outside backs.

"That was one of the main things I took out of the game from our right edge, obviously we've got a bit of new look out there and I thought them and George [Williams] all looked fantastic," Hodgson said.

“They kept it simple, but just the work rate was through the roof, every two minutes I could hear Curtis screaming for the ball, I think he wanted it more than anybody on the field.”

Croker confirmed he will be right to play after passing HIA protocol earlier in the weekend after failing to finish round one.

He said the side had planned well this week for the change enforced by the coronavirus. They fly up and back to the Gold Coast on fame day to reduce the risk of contamination.

The 29-year-old also down-played the new self-isolation laws for NRL players, saying the edict is no different than the rest of society is facing.

"Self-isolation is pretty self-explanatory isn't it," Croker said.

Acknowledgement of Country

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