The Canberra Raiders take on the Brisbane Broncos in Round 14 of the NRL season at GIO Stadium on Saturday night as they look to return to winning ways following their defeat to the Penrith Panthers in the previous round.
Here are six things to look forward to.
Comforts of home:
After flying up to Sydney last weekend to face the Panthers, the Raiders playing group will enjoy the build-up to Saturday’s game without the disruption of travel.
It’s no secret that Ricky Stuart’s side has had to deal with the disruption of travel on the day of a game and Saturday night’s clash at home will provide no disruptions for Stuart’s side.
The Raiders will boast an unchanged line up for this weekend’s match against the Broncos. In 2020, Ricky Stuart has had to juggle player injuries as the green machine’s injury toll mounts up. Stuart has decided to name the same 21 that he named for last week’s clash against the Panthers.
The unchanged team will allow Stuart’s players to work and build on existing and new combinations within the side. The Raider's right side of John Bateman, George Williams, Curtis Scott, and Nick Cotric will have another week on the training field to fine-tune preparations in attack which has many Raiders fans excited about their potential with the run in towards finals.
Fullback for Raiders is number 1 Charnze Nicoll-KlokstadFullback for Broncos is number 1 Darius Boyd
Winger for Raiders is number 2 Jordan RapanaWinger for Broncos is number 2 Richard Kennar
Centre for Raiders is number 3 Jarrod CrokerCentre for Broncos is number 3 Kotoni Staggs
Centre for Raiders is number 4 Curtis ScottCentre for Broncos is number 4 Herbie Farnworth
Winger for Raiders is number 5 Nick CotricWinger for Broncos is number 21 Jesse Arthars
Five-Eighth for Raiders is number 6 Jack WightonFive-Eighth for Broncos is number 6 Brodie Croft
Halfback for Raiders is number 7 George WilliamsHalfback for Broncos is number 7 Tom Dearden
Prop for Raiders is number 8 Josh PapaliiProp for Broncos is number 8 Thomas Flegler
Hooker for Raiders is number 9 Siliva HaviliHooker for Broncos is number 9 Jake Turpin
Prop for Raiders is number 10 Dunamis LuiProp for Broncos is number 10 Payne Haas
2nd Row for Raiders is number 11 John Bateman2nd Row for Broncos is number 11 David Fifita
2nd Row for Raiders is number 12 Elliott Whitehead2nd Row for Broncos is number 12 Ben Te'o
Lock for Raiders is number 16 Ryan SuttonLock for Broncos is number 13 Patrick Carrigan
Interchange for Raiders is number 13 Hudson YoungInterchange for Broncos is number 14 Cory Paix
Interchange for Raiders is number 14 Tom StarlingInterchange for Broncos is number 15 Jordan Riki
Interchange for Raiders is number 15 Joseph TapineInterchange for Broncos is number 16 Joe Ofahengaue
Interchange for Raiders is number 17 Corey Harawira-NaeraInterchange for Broncos is number 20 Rhys Kennedy
Black Dog Institute Charity Jersey:
The Canberra Raiders and Major Sponsor Huawei Australia have partnered together for the Round 14 clash against the Broncos to help raise awareness and funds for mental health-focused medical research institute the Black Dog Institute.
The Raiders have launched a special jersey for the occasion - featuring the Black Dog Institute logo – which they will wear on Saturday night against the Broncos with all team jerseys auctioned off post-match via allbids.com.au with proceeds going directly to the Black Dog Institute.
Queensland clean sweep:
The Broncos are the only Queensland side the Raiders haven’t faced yet in 2020. The green machine defeated the Gold Coast Titans 24-6 in round one this year and recently defeated the Cowboys 14-12 in Round 12 up in Townsville.
If the Raiders can overcome the Broncos on Saturday night it will complete a clean sweep of all Queensland sides in 2020.
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Threat off the bench:
Both sides possess a threat off the bench in Tom Starling and Corey Paix. Paix has put in some impressive shifts for the Broncos and has a strong work ethic while Starling has been hugely impressive for the Raiders coming off the interchange averaging 34 tackles per game.
Starling could potentially start for the Raiders on Saturday night if Siliva Havili fails to recover in time from a tricep injury which he sustained during Saturday’s match against the Panthers.
Night match against the Broncos:
Night matches against the Broncos are always entertaining at GIO Stadium. There have been a number of memorable matches over the years that have produced some great moments. Having said that, we’ll use any excuse to show this famous try against the Broncos.
Mullins try v Broncos