It feels like a lifetime ago that we played the Gold Coast Titans to begin the season. Here are six things that we can't wait to see this Saturday.
After defeating the Broncos last weekend, we play Queensland opposition for the final time during the regular season this Saturday.
The Raiders have enjoyed a good record against Queensland teams so far this season with victories over the Cowboys, Titans and even a win against the Warriors on the Gold Coast at CBUS Super Stadium.
Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad and AJ Brimson are two of the most exciting and talented fullbacks in the game and will provide must-watch viewing.
Nicoll-Klokstad has continued to improve after an outstanding 2019. His carries from our own line, safety under the highball and try-scoring ability have made him one of the stars of the NRL.
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Brimson had a terrible start to 2020 after breaking his back at the NRL Nines but the 21-year-old has been superb since returning to action.
With two tries in three matches to his name, Brimson’s running game will be a major threat in this match.
The round one victory against the Titans at GIO Stadium seems a lifetime ago and the Gold Coast outfit have come on leaps and bounds since.
Justin Holbrook has them playing a good brand of rugby league which has seen them become highly competitive and hard to break down in defence.
The Raiders have continued to improve over the course of the season too and are starting to show positive signs in attack which the side will be hoping to maintain.
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Since the Titans entered the competition in 2007, both the Raiders and the Titans have enjoyed 12 wins apiece.
The Green Machine have enjoyed the better results more recently with four wins in the last five matches, including a win at CBUS Super Stadium in round one last year.
The battle for fourth
With the Raiders playing before the Roosters this weekend, the Green Machine could move into outright fourth place – at least temporarily.
Historically, finishing in the top four is crucial for a team’s chance of premiership success and the Raiders will be aiming to make that position theirs in coming weeks.
Raiders prop Dunamis Lui makes his 150th NRL appearances this weekend and his teammates will be hoping to make the game one he remembers fondly in future years.
After making his debut for the Brisbane Broncos in 2010, Lui played for the Sea Eagles and Dragons before finding a home in the nation’s capital.