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If their 2019 battles are anything to go by, we're in for a treat when Canberra and Manly meet on Sunday.

The Sea Eagles prevailed by four points in each of the two thrillers played out last season.

The early form of both sides this year has them both sitting on the top half of the ladder and firming as title contenders.

They each returned to the winners' circle last week: the Raiders downed the Tigers while Manly pipped Brisbane.

The Rundown

Team News

Raiders: The Raiders will start 1-17 after Bailey Simonsson and Tom Starling were the two players omitted an hour before kick-off. Corey Horsburgh returns, as does Hudson Young returns from a lengthy suspension. Dunamis Lui and Matt Frawley were omitted from the extended squad 24 hours before kick-off. Raiders five-eighth Jack Wighton has scored six tries in his past seven games.

Sea Eagles: In a late change, Sean Keppie (No.16) will start at prop with Taniela Paseka dropping back to the bench. Abbas Miski ad Haumole Olakau'atu were the two players left hour an hour before game time. Martin Taupau (dislocated thumb) and Moses Suli (finger) are the two main man missing from last week. Curtis Sironen returns from injury in the second row for Corey Waddell and Morgan Boyle joins the bench. Toafofoa Sipley and Cade Cust were the players to make way from the 21 on Saturday. The Sea Eagles have won nine from 12 at Campbelltown Stadium.

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Raiders is number 1 Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad
    Fullback for Sea Eagles is number 1 Tom Trbojevic
  • Winger for Raiders is number 2 Jordan Rapana
    Winger for Sea Eagles is number 2 Tevita Funa
  • Centre for Raiders is number 3 Jarrod Croker
    Centre for Sea Eagles is number 3 Brad Parker
  • Centre for Raiders is number 4 Curtis Scott
    Centre for Sea Eagles is number 4 Brendan Elliot
  • Winger for Raiders is number 5 Nick Cotric
    Winger for Sea Eagles is number 5 Reuben Garrick
  • Five-Eighth for Raiders is number 6 Jack Wighton
    Five-Eighth for Sea Eagles is number 6 Dylan Walker
  • Halfback for Raiders is number 7 George Williams
    Halfback for Sea Eagles is number 7 Daly Cherry-Evans

Forwards

  • Prop for Raiders is number 8 Josh Papalii
    Prop for Sea Eagles is number 8 Addin Fonua-Blake
  • Hooker for Raiders is number 9 Josh Hodgson
    Hooker for Sea Eagles is number 9 Danny Levi
  • Prop for Raiders is number 10 Iosia Soliola
    Prop for Sea Eagles is number 16 Sean Keppie
  • 2nd Row for Raiders is number 11 Joseph Tapine
    2nd Row for Sea Eagles is number 11 Joel Thompson
  • 2nd Row for Raiders is number 12 Elliott Whitehead
    2nd Row for Sea Eagles is number 12 Curtis Sironen
  • Lock for Raiders is number 13 Corey Horsburgh
    Lock for Sea Eagles is number 13 Jake Trbojevic

Interchange

  • Interchange for Raiders is number 14 Siliva Havili
    Interchange for Sea Eagles is number 10 Taniela Paseka
  • Interchange for Raiders is number 15 Emre Guler
    Interchange for Sea Eagles is number 14 Lachlan Croker
  • Interchange for Raiders is number 16 Ryan Sutton
    Interchange for Sea Eagles is number 15 Jack Gosiewski
  • Interchange for Raiders is number 17 Hudson Young
    Interchange for Sea Eagles is number 17 Morgan Boyle

Key Match-Up

It's an international halfback duel with Australia's Daly Cherry-Evans up against England's George Williams. Both players have impressed in 2020 and are central to their sides' hopes.