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SG Ball Grand Final Preview

The Canberra Raiders go head-to-head against the Illawarra Steelers in the SG Ball Grand Final this Saturday 3pm at Leichhardt Oval.

CLICK HERE to watch the Live Stream at 3pm on Saturday

Both sides finished the regular season out of the top three but proved to be strong competitors in their final’s campaigns, both securing a spot in the grand finale.

In last week’s semi-final, the Raiders started strong and were able to score three tries in the first 10 minutes of play. Coach Ash Barnes knows a similar start will be crucial on the weekend.

“It was something that we focused on going against Manly, we knew they had a powerful side and we needed to start strong, and the Steelers are no different.”

The Steelers showed their speed and ability in the middle in their 42-32 semi-final win over the Roosters, where five-eighth Junior Amone scored a hat-trick.

The Raiders defence needs to be spot on come Saturday, and after their defensive efforts last week Barnes knows they can get the job done.

“For the majority of that second half [last week], it felt like we were defending our end.” Barnes said. “The boys showed great intent and desire to hold their line in attack and that’s something I’m really proud of.”

“There’s a massive focus around our defence this weekend.” Barnes said. “We’re quite confident in our attack and what we can do with an even amount of possession, but it’s just really making sure our defence is on.”

Naming the same 17 men for Saturday is a huge advantage for the young Raiders in Barnes’ eyes.

“We’re rolling in being able to name the same 17 for the fourth week in a row, so the combinations and consistency are all starting to build.”

“They’re starting to be confident around their ability as individuals because they’ve all been able to exhibit the things that we want as a Raider.”

Saturday’s game is set to be a fierce contest between the two sides. They last met in round three where the Raiders had a dominant 36-10 win.

For more information about the day, visit here.

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Raiders is number 1 Jack Sandford
    Fullback for Steelers is number 1 Tyrell Sloan
  • Winger for Raiders is number 2 Xavier Savage
    Winger for Steelers is number 2 Alexander Lobb
  • Centre for Raiders is number 3 Deakin Bright
    Centre for Steelers is number 3 Benjamin Lavender
  • Centre for Raiders is number 4 Josh Billing
    Centre for Steelers is number 4 Brandon Morkos
  • Winger for Raiders is number 5 Michael Asomua
    Winger for Steelers is number 5 Cooper Roberts
  • Five-Eighth for Raiders is number 6 Mitchell Spencer
    Five-Eighth for Steelers is number 6 Junior Amone
  • Halfback for Raiders is number 7 Sione Moala
    Halfback for Steelers is number 15 Trey Barlow

Forwards

  • Prop for Raiders is number 8 Loghan Lewis
    Prop for Steelers is number 8 Bryce Magnone
  • Hooker for Raiders is number 9 Toby Thorburn
    Hooker for Steelers is number 9 Riley Wooden
  • Prop for Raiders is number 23 Caleb Esera
    Prop for Steelers is number 17 Trent Griffiths
  • 2nd Row for Raiders is number 11 Noah Saddler
    2nd Row for Steelers is number 11 Jackson Shereb
  • 2nd Row for Raiders is number 12 Clay Webb
    2nd Row for Steelers is number 12 Travis Barrett-Hancock
  • Lock for Raiders is number 13 Trey Mooney
    Lock for Steelers is number 13 Joshua Coric

Interchange

  • Interchange for Raiders is number 14 Connor Williams
    Interchange for Steelers is number 10 Thomas Phillips
  • Interchange for Raiders is number 15 Blake Martin
    Interchange for Steelers is number 14 Viliami Mahe
  • Interchange for Raiders is number 16 Mitchell Prest
    Interchange for Steelers is number 16 Jack Owens
  • Interchange for Raiders is number 21 Wilson Hamblin
    Interchange for Steelers is number 18 Syddarys Cassidy

Reserves

  • Reserve for Raiders is number 22 Joshua Pokoney
    Reserve for Steelers is number 19 Dilan Asanoski

Match Officials

  • Referee: Brandon Mani
  • Touch Judge: Ethan Murray
  • Touch Judge: Gage Miles

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