The Canberra Raiders are set to battle the Sydney Roosters this Saturday 7:35pm at Central Coast Stadium in the NRL’s Indigenous Round.
This weekend sees Jack Wighton return from suspension for the occasion and will be looking to have a big impact having starred against the Roosters in recent encounters.
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After a disappointing loss last weekend to the Storm, the Raiders are hoping to bounce back against the Roosters who also suffered a loss to the Broncos last weekend.
As well as Wighton’s return, the Raiders also welcome back the experienced duo of Jordan Rapana and Josh Hodgson who are returning from injury and suspension respectively.
Fullback for Roosters is number 1 James TedescoFullback for Raiders is number 1 Caleb Aekins
Winger for Roosters is number 2 Daniel TupouWinger for Raiders is number 2 Bailey Simonsson
Centre for Roosters is number 3 Josh MorrisCentre for Raiders is number 3 Sebastian Kris
Centre for Roosters is number 21 Joseph SuaaliiCentre for Raiders is number 4 Curtis Scott
Winger for Roosters is number 5 Matt IkuvaluWinger for Raiders is number 5 Jordan Rapana
Five-Eighth for Roosters is number 4 Joseph ManuFive-Eighth for Raiders is number 6 Jack Wighton
Halfback for Roosters is number 6 Lachlan LamHalfback for Raiders is number 7 Sam Williams
Prop for Roosters is number 8 Jared Waerea-HargreavesProp for Raiders is number 8 Dunamis Lui
Hooker for Roosters is number 9 Ben MarschkeHooker for Raiders is number 14 Josh Hodgson
Prop for Roosters is number 10 Siosiua TaukeiahoProp for Raiders is number 10 Emre Guler
2nd Row for Roosters is number 12 Sitili Tupouniua2nd Row for Raiders is number 11 Corey Harawira-Naera
2nd Row for Roosters is number 15 Nat Butcher2nd Row for Raiders is number 12 Elliott Whitehead
Lock for Roosters is number 13 Isaac LiuLock for Raiders is number 13 Ryan Sutton
Interchange for Roosters is number 14 Adam KeighranInterchange for Raiders is number 9 Tom Starling
Interchange for Roosters is number 16 Daniel Suluka-FifitaInterchange for Raiders is number 15 Iosia Soliola
Interchange for Roosters is number 17 Fletcher BakerInterchange for Raiders is number 16 Corey Horsburgh
Interchange for Roosters is number 20 Egan ButcherInterchange for Raiders is number 17 Ryan James
Reserve for Roosters is number 7 Sam WalkerReserve for Raiders is number 18 Elijah Anderson
- Referee: Grant Atkins
- Touch Judge: Phil Henderson
- Touch Judge: Liam Kennedy
- Senior Review Official: Ashley Klein
Last Time They Met
The last time these two teams met was in the second round of finals last year, the Raiders knocked the Roosters out of the competition in a powerful 22-18 win.
Match Highlights: Roosters v Raiders
Elliott Whitehead v Sitili Tupouniua
After scoring a try and making 41 tackles last weekend there is no doubt the Raiders captain will be a key performer for the side this weekend,
Showing his versatility in the last few weeks, Whitehead will be dangerous on the left edge with his ability to not only hit a hole in attack, but also create space for his men on the outside.
But Saturday will be a test for Whitehead as he faces hard working Sitili Tupouniua, who also managed to score a try last round, and ran for 111 metres despite the Roosters loss.
Sebastian Kris v Josh Morris
Sebastian Kris has been a great asset to the Raiders this season, having played the majority of games this season.
His work rate when helping the side come out of defence has been impressive and the local junior also has an impressive try-scoring record in the early stages of his career.
While Kris’ career is only beginning, he will be facing a player in the twilight of his career.
The return of veteran centre, Josh Morris, is a big boost for the Roosters, especially due to his reputation as having an impressive defensive game. His try-scoring record this season is equally impressive with six tries from 10 games.
Tom Starling v Ben Marschke
Tom Starling continues to be consistent each week for the Raiders, with his solid defence and spark in attack.
Despite suffering an ankle injury last weekend, Starling is named to start in hooker and Josh Hodgson returns to the side from suspension in the number 14 jersey.
Ben Marschke will also need to be on his a-game this weekend, with just eight NRL games up his sleeve, Marschke has proved to be a solid in attack and defence.
This weekend will be a challenge for the two young hookers, but it will make for an exciting contest.
Head to Head
The Raiders have played the Roosters 69 times and have claimed 30 wins, have suffered 37 losses and have shared two draws. Since the 2019 Grand Final, the Raiders have won two of three matches against the Roosters.