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Set of Six: Raiders v Bulldogs

We're back at home and there's plenty to look forward to this weekend!

Timoko on debut

Three young players have made their NRL debuts for the Canberra Raiders this year and have all been important contributors for the club.

Rookie centre Matt Timoko, who was told by Jarrod Croker that he would be making his debut, will pull on the green jersey for the first time this weekend at GIO Stadium.

Matt Timoko to debut for the Raiders

The centre made a good first impression for Raiders fans as he scored two tries at the NRL Nines earlier this year.

Croker eyeing top five

The skipper keeps smashing records and Jarrod Croker can reach another significant milestone this weekend.

Commentators and pundits may still struggle with his name but Croker only needs four more points to become the fifth highest point scorer in NRL history.

Jason Taylor currently occupies that position with 2,107 to his name, while Cameron Smith holds top spot with 2,708 points.

Sunday night footy

Raiders fans will finish their weekends in the best way possible this weekend, watching the Raiders play either live or on the screen.

The 6:30pm timeslot returns for the remaining games of the regular season with the Raiders and Bulldogs the first sides to play during it.

Raiders have the forward pack

The Raiders middles have continued to step up to the plate which has allowed Ricky Stuart a lot of flexibility when it comes to selecting his side.

Last week, Stuart moved all the forwards from his bench into the starting side and it paid dividends with Ryan Sutton in particular having a monster game.

With Corey Harawira-Naera not available for selection this week and Stuart selecting an outside back in Timoko as his replacement, the forwards will be looking to maintain their impressive form.

Increased crowd

Limited fans are allowed in stadiums but if you were just listening to Raiders games you would hardly know it.

The 1,500 members within the stadium have made their presence known and even provided a special moment for Jordan Rapana against the Broncos when they sang him happy birthday.

With 3,000 fans now allowed in the stadium, the players will enjoy the extra boost that the Raiders members and fans provide.

Three in a row

With the Raiders attack starting to click, the Green Machine will be aiming for three consecutive wins.

The Raiders have claimed three straight wins twice already this season but with the regular season drawing to a close, momentum will be important as the club eyes off fourth place.

Acknowledgement of Country

Canberra Raiders respect and honour the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.