The Canberra Raiders NSW Cup side take on the Parramatta Eels prior to the NRL game on Saturday night at GIO Stadium Canberra.
The two sides go head-to-head at 5:15pm and the Raiders will hope to maintain their position in the top six.
Despite a few changes to the Raiders side due to injuries and players called up to the NRL side, they will be hard to beat with a side stacked with talent.
The Raiders have suffered a couple of losses in the season against some tough competition, so they’ll be ready to re-join the winners circle this week.
The Eels are sitting just one spot above the Raiders on the ladder, so you can expect it to be an entertaining curtain raiser.
Matthew Timoko v Michael Oldfield
Matthew Timoko continues to show his talent in the centre through his running ability, both getting the Raiders out of trouble and on the line. He never hesitates to get straight into the action and will be one to watch on Saturday.
Timoko’s fire and energy will also be crucial for the Raiders on the weekend as they will be missing leader Sam Williams who is out due to a rib injury.
As he faces ex-Raider Michael Oldfield a very experienced centre will be hard to beat on Saturday afternoon, but there’s no one Timoko can’t challenge.
Darby Medlyn v Ky Rodwell
Junior NSW representative Darby Medlyn has played some big minutes for the NSW Cup side this season. Darby’s ability to take tough carries out of the defending end has been tremendous, and he is working hard to impress his senior teammates.
As he goes up against NSW Under-20’s teammate Ky Rodwell, the battle of locks will be on. The two young forwards won’t hesitate to run at each other. Both players will expect to play some big minutes in Saturday’s clash.
Fullback for Raiders is number 1 Adam CookFullback for Eels is number 1 Sean Russell
Winger for Raiders is number 2 Elijah AndersonWinger for Eels is number 2 Solomone Naiduki
Centre for Raiders is number 3 Albert HopoateCentre for Eels is number 3 Will Penisini
Centre for Raiders is number 4 Matthew TimokoCentre for Eels is number 4 Michael Oldfield
Winger for Raiders is number 5 Toby MarksWinger for Eels is number 5 Haze Dunster
Five-Eighth for Raiders is number 6 Matt FrawleyFive-Eighth for Eels is number 6 Jordan Rankin
Halfback for Raiders is number 7 Brad SchneiderHalfback for Eels is number 7 Jakob Arthur
Prop for Raiders is number 8 Dunamis LuiProp for Eels is number 10 Makahesi Makatoa
Hooker for Raiders is number 9 Kai O'DonnellHooker for Eels is number 9 Joey Lussick
Prop for Raiders is number 10 Corey HorsburghProp for Eels is number 15 David Hollis
2nd Row for Raiders is number 11 Harry RUSHTON2nd Row for Eels is number 12 Elie El-Zakhem
2nd Row for Raiders is number 12 Corey Harawira-Naera2nd Row for Eels is number 14 Nathaniel Roache
Lock for Raiders is number 13 Darby MedlynLock for Eels is number 13 Ky Rodwell
Interchange for Raiders is number 14 Adrian TrevilyanInterchange for Eels is number 16 Tim Lafai
Interchange for Raiders is number 16 Keaton Walkington-MeadsInterchange for Eels is number 17 Lalotoa Mata'afa
Interchange for Raiders is number 17 Leo ThompsonInterchange for Eels is number 18 Aitasi James
Interchange for Raiders is number 18 Silafano TitiutiInterchange for Eels is number 20 Dylan Clifford
Reserve for Raiders is number 15 Brigham Moeakiola
- Referee: Martin Jones
- Touch Judge: Ben Teague
- Touch Judge: Adam Reid
Timings: Saturday, April 17, GIO Stadium Canberra
Gates Open: 5.05pm
NSW Cup – Raiders v Eels: 5.15pm
NRL – Raiders v Eels: 7.35pm