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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.

Unchanged team:

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.

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Raiders is number 1 Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad
    Fullback for Broncos is number 1 Darius Boyd
  • Winger for Raiders is number 2 Jordan Rapana
    Winger for Broncos is number 2 Richard Kennar
  • Centre for Raiders is number 3 Jarrod Croker
    Centre for Broncos is number 3 Kotoni Staggs
  • Centre for Raiders is number 4 Curtis Scott
    Centre for Broncos is number 4 Herbie Farnworth
  • Winger for Raiders is number 5 Nick Cotric
    Winger for Broncos is number 21 Jesse Arthars
  • Five-Eighth for Raiders is number 6 Jack Wighton
    Five-Eighth for Broncos is number 6 Brodie Croft
  • Halfback for Raiders is number 7 George Williams
    Halfback for Broncos is number 7 Tom Dearden

Forwards

  • Prop for Raiders is number 8 Josh Papalii
    Prop for Broncos is number 8 Thomas Flegler
  • Hooker for Raiders is number 9 Siliva Havili
    Hooker for Broncos is number 9 Jake Turpin
  • Prop for Raiders is number 10 Dunamis Lui
    Prop for Broncos is number 10 Payne Haas
  • 2nd Row for Raiders is number 11 John Bateman
    2nd Row for Broncos is number 11 David Fifita
  • 2nd Row for Raiders is number 12 Elliott Whitehead
    2nd Row for Broncos is number 12 Ben Te'o
  • Lock for Raiders is number 16 Ryan Sutton
    Lock for Broncos is number 13 Patrick Carrigan

Interchange

  • Interchange for Raiders is number 13 Hudson Young
    Interchange for Broncos is number 14 Cory Paix
  • Interchange for Raiders is number 14 Tom Starling
    Interchange for Broncos is number 15 Jordan Riki
  • Interchange for Raiders is number 15 Joseph Tapine
    Interchange for Broncos is number 16 Joe Ofahengaue
  • Interchange for Raiders is number 17 Corey Harawira-Naera
    Interchange 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