The Raiders take on the Sydney Roosters for the second time in 2020 as the Eastern Suburbs outfit travel to the nation’s capital looking to exact revenge for the Raider's ambush earlier in Round 10.
The two sides have enjoyed a strong rivalry recently. Close encounters between the two sides followed by a grand final match has only strengthened the rivalry. The Raiders successfully got revenge for the 2019 decider when they caused an upset at the SCG in Round 10. Both sides will field vastly different sides compared to their previous encounter in what is expected to be the match of the round.
Match Highlights: Roosters v Raiders
Top four battle
Never mind the rivalry, Saturday’s result could go a long way into determining who finishes in the top four in 2020. The two sides sit in fourth and fifth position on the NRL ladder on 22 points with the Roosters holding a better for and against. The winner of Saturday’s match will move into outright fourth position on the ladder. The Eels sit just above the two sides in third place with 24 points while the Rabbitohs are breathing down the neck on 20 points.
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Much of this weekend’s hype has come from the inclusion of Sonny Bill Williams into the Roosters side by coach Trent Robinson. Williams was part of the Roosters side which defeated the Manly Sea Eagles in the 2013 NRL Grand Final and has returned to the club after a stint in Rugby Union which was followed by a return to Rugby League with the Toronto Wolfpack. Williams is a global sports superstar and his inclusion will bring a lot of hype to the contest.
We’re past the three-quarter mark of the regular season and there are only four more matches until finals time. As mentioned above, the Raiders are looking to secure a spot in the top four. Saturday’s match will be the green machine’s second last home game of the regular season. No doubt Ricky Stuart’s troops will be aiming to find their true form heading into the business end of the season.
Fullback for Raiders is number 1 Charnze Nicoll-KlokstadFullback for Roosters is number 1 James Tedesco
Winger for Raiders is number 2 Jordan RapanaWinger for Roosters is number 2 Daniel Tupou
Centre for Raiders is number 3 Jarrod CrokerCentre for Roosters is number 3 Josh Morris
Centre for Raiders is number 5 Nick CotricCentre for Roosters is number 4 Joseph Manu
Winger for Raiders is number 21 Semi ValemeiWinger for Roosters is number 5 Brett Morris
Five-Eighth for Raiders is number 6 Jack WightonFive-Eighth for Roosters is number 6 Luke Keary
Halfback for Raiders is number 7 George WilliamsHalfback for Roosters is number 7 Kyle Flanagan
Prop for Raiders is number 8 Josh PapaliiProp for Roosters is number 8 Jared Waerea-Hargreaves
Hooker for Raiders is number 14 Tom StarlingHooker for Roosters is number 14 Freddy Lussick
Prop for Raiders is number 10 Ryan SuttonProp for Roosters is number 10 Siosiua Taukeiaho
2nd Row for Raiders is number 11 John Bateman2nd Row for Roosters is number 11 Boyd Cordner
2nd Row for Raiders is number 12 Elliott Whitehead2nd Row for Roosters is number 12 Sitili Tupouniua
Lock for Raiders is number 13 Joseph TapineLock for Roosters is number 13 Isaac Liu
Interchange for Raiders is number 9 Siliva HaviliInterchange for Roosters is number 15 Lindsay Collins
Interchange for Raiders is number 15 Dunamis LuiInterchange for Roosters is number 16 Nat Butcher
Interchange for Raiders is number 16 Hudson YoungInterchange for Roosters is number 17 Sonny Bill Williams
Interchange for Raiders is number 17 Corey Harawira-NaeraInterchange for Roosters is number 18 Angus Crichton
- Referee: Gerard Sutton
- Touch Judge: Dave Munro
- Touch Judge: Ziggy Przeklasa-Adamski
- Senior Review Official: Ashley Klein
The Raiders will don the 2020 Foundation Jerseys. Established in 2019, the Raiders foundation ensures the ongoing success of the club driving growth both on and off the field. Over 165 Raiders supporters donated money to the club and the jersey displays each name on the design. The match-worn jerseys will be auctioned off through www.allbids.com.au post-match, with the money raised going towards the Raiders Foundation.
Due to the limited capacity for Saturday’s match, there have only been 3,000 tickets been made available. As it is a Canberra Raiders home game, 2020 Raiders members have had first access to tickets for the match. With tickets selling fast it’s a great reminder and incentive to become a Member of the Canberra Raiders in 2021.