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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.

Rivalry

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.

Papalii: We can't focus on SBW

SBW

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.

Sonny Bill Williams has been named on the bench.
Sonny Bill Williams has been named on the bench.

Run home

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.

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Raiders is number 1 Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad
    Fullback for Roosters is number 1 James Tedesco
  • Winger for Raiders is number 2 Jordan Rapana
    Winger for Roosters is number 2 Daniel Tupou
  • Centre for Raiders is number 3 Jarrod Croker
    Centre for Roosters is number 3 Josh Morris
  • Centre for Raiders is number 5 Nick Cotric
    Centre for Roosters is number 4 Joseph Manu
  • Winger for Raiders is number 21 Semi Valemei
    Winger for Roosters is number 5 Brett Morris
  • Five-Eighth for Raiders is number 6 Jack Wighton
    Five-Eighth for Roosters is number 6 Luke Keary
  • Halfback for Raiders is number 7 George Williams
    Halfback for Roosters is number 7 Kyle Flanagan

Forwards

  • Prop for Raiders is number 8 Josh Papalii
    Prop for Roosters is number 8 Jared Waerea-Hargreaves
  • Hooker for Raiders is number 14 Tom Starling
    Hooker for Roosters is number 14 Freddy Lussick
  • Prop for Raiders is number 10 Ryan Sutton
    Prop for Roosters is number 10 Siosiua Taukeiaho
  • 2nd Row for Raiders is number 11 John Bateman
    2nd Row for Roosters is number 11 Boyd Cordner
  • 2nd Row for Raiders is number 12 Elliott Whitehead
    2nd Row for Roosters is number 12 Sitili Tupouniua
  • Lock for Raiders is number 13 Joseph Tapine
    Lock for Roosters is number 13 Isaac Liu

Interchange

  • Interchange for Raiders is number 9 Siliva Havili
    Interchange for Roosters is number 15 Lindsay Collins
  • Interchange for Raiders is number 15 Dunamis Lui
    Interchange for Roosters is number 16 Nat Butcher
  • Interchange for Raiders is number 16 Hudson Young
    Interchange for Roosters is number 17 Sonny Bill Williams
  • Interchange for Raiders is number 17 Corey Harawira-Naera
    Interchange for Roosters is number 18 Angus Crichton

Match Officials

  • Referee: Gerard Sutton
  • Touch Judge: Dave Munro
  • Touch Judge: Ziggy Przeklasa-Adamski
  • Video Referee: Ben Galea
  • Senior Review Official: Ashley Klein

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Foundation Jersey

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.

Members only

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.