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NSW Cup & Jersey Flegg Round Two Preview

After a narrow 36-22 loss at the hands of Newtown Jets in the NSW Cup last weekend, the Raiders will be looking to record their first win of the season when they come up against Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs at 4:00pm on Sunday at Accor Stadium, Sydney.

Despite the disappointing result in round one there were still numerous moments to savour for Raiders fans, with Xavier Savage’s two tries and 188 run metres a pleasing performance for both the youngster and the club.  

Following changes in the first-grade team there will be a few new faces following last weekend’s match, with the most notable being Sebastian Kris who will make his season debut at five-eighth.

Albert Hopoate and Peter Hola will both also play their first matches of the season, whilst Toby Thorburn is scheduled to start at hooker in place of Adrian Trevilyan who will make his first-grade debut against the Cowboys in Townsville.

Despite multiple players being called up to first grade this weekend the side still features plenty of promising youth, whilst the experienced Ryan Sutton and Sam Williams are also ready to help the side record their first win of the season.

The Bulldogs will be heading into the match full of confidence, defeating South Sydney last weekend 24-16.

Despite both sides scoring four tries in that fixture, it was the goalkicking of Kyle Flanagan which got them the two points, with the young halfback again headlining their team on Saturday.  

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Bulldogs is number 1 Creedence Toia
    Fullback for Raiders is number 1 Xavier Savage
  • Winger for Bulldogs is number 2 Jacob Kiraz
    Winger for Raiders is number 2 Utuloa Asomua
  • Centre for Bulldogs is number 4 Declan Casey
    Centre for Raiders is number 3 Albert Hopoate
  • Centre for Bulldogs is number 21 Aaron Schoupp
    Centre for Raiders is number 4 Brad Morkos
  • Winger for Bulldogs is number 5 Isaac Lumelume
    Winger for Raiders is number 5 Josh Smith
  • Five-Eighth for Bulldogs is number 6 Brandon Wakeham
    Five-Eighth for Raiders is number 15 Jordan Martin
  • Halfback for Bulldogs is number 7 Kyle Flanagan
    Halfback for Raiders is number 7 Sam Williams

Forwards

  • Prop for Bulldogs is number 8 Billy Tsikrikas
    Prop for Raiders is number 8 Ata Mariota
  • Hooker for Bulldogs is number 9 Joshua Cook
    Hooker for Raiders is number 9 Toby Thorburn
  • Prop for Bulldogs is number 10 Phillip Makatoa
    Prop for Raiders is number 10 Ryan Sutton
  • 2nd Row for Bulldogs is number 11 Joe Stimson
    2nd Row for Raiders is number 11 Clay Webb
  • 2nd Row for Bulldogs is number 12 Reece Hoffman
    2nd Row for Raiders is number 12 Trey Mooney
  • Lock for Bulldogs is number 13 Josh Stuckey
    Lock for Raiders is number 13 Harry Rushton

Interchange

  • Interchange for Bulldogs is number 14 Zach Dockar-Clay
    Interchange for Raiders is number 14 Caleb Tohi
  • Interchange for Bulldogs is number 15 Harrison Edwards
    Interchange for Raiders is number 16 Peter Hola
  • Interchange for Bulldogs is number 16 Jayden Tanner
    Interchange for Raiders is number 17 Juwan Compain
  • Interchange for Bulldogs is number 19 Kurtis Morrin
    Interchange for Raiders is number 18 Sione Vuki

Reserves

  • Replacement for Bulldogs is number 3 Eli Clark
    Replacement for Raiders is number 19 Mitchel Souter

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The Jersey Flegg side will also be looking to bounce back from a disappointing result after falling 42-24 to the Sharks last weekend.

Despite only being four points behind in the 50th minute the Raiders unfortunately couldn’t hold on in the attacking affair, with the Sharks scoring three of the last four tries to seal victory.

Rayden Burns will return at fullback after receiving a late call up to replace Jarrod Croker in the NSW Cup side last week, with Kaden Williams and Thomas Casey also scheduled to join the starting 17.

Our opponents the Bulldogs were again able to open their season with a victory last weekend, defeating South Sydney 30-16.

Wingers Sam Kanaan and Compton Fuatimau both scored twice against the Rabbitohs, with a strong defensive game from Raiders wingers Steven Numambo and Temple Beauchamp against the Bulldogs likely to go a long way to helping the team secure a first victory of the season.  

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Bulldogs is number 26 Joash Papalii
    Fullback for Raiders is number 1 Rayden Burns
  • Winger for Bulldogs is number 2 Samuel Kanaan
    Winger for Raiders is number 2 Steven Numambo
  • Centre for Bulldogs is number 3 Larson Doyle
    Centre for Raiders is number 3 Josh Billing
  • Centre for Bulldogs is number 4 Harry Hayes
    Centre for Raiders is number 4 Jacob Church
  • Winger for Bulldogs is number 5 Compton Fuatimau
    Winger for Raiders is number 5 Temple Beauchamp
  • Five-Eighth for Bulldogs is number 6 Khaled Rajab
    Five-Eighth for Raiders is number 14 Thomas Casey
  • Halfback for Bulldogs is number 7 Bailey Hayward
    Halfback for Raiders is number 7 Sione Moala

Forwards

  • Prop for Bulldogs is number 8 Jack Todd
    Prop for Raiders is number 8 Carsil Vaikai
  • Hooker for Bulldogs is number 9 Ediq Ambrosyev
    Hooker for Raiders is number 9 Mitchel Souter
  • Prop for Bulldogs is number 13 Josh Kalati
    Prop for Raiders is number 10 Loghan Lewis
  • 2nd Row for Bulldogs is number 11 Lipoi Hopoi
    2nd Row for Raiders is number 11 Sam Wentworth
  • 2nd Row for Bulldogs is number 19 Jackson Topine
    2nd Row for Raiders is number 12 Kaden Williams
  • Lock for Bulldogs is number 12 Judda Turahui
    Lock for Raiders is number 13 Mitchell Prest

Interchange

  • Interchange for Bulldogs is number 14 Danny Ghantous
    Interchange for Raiders is number 15 Aiden Kawiri
  • Interchange for Bulldogs is number 15 Diego Bravo-Graham
    Interchange for Raiders is number 16 Campbell Woolnough
  • Interchange for Bulldogs is number 20 Luke Smith
    Interchange for Raiders is number 17 Eneseli Kamuta
  • Interchange for Bulldogs is number 21 Charlie Lennon
    Interchange for Raiders is number 19 Jack Sandford

Reserves

  • Replacement for Bulldogs is number 25 Louie Yehia
    Replacement for Raiders is number 18 Livai Kaloutolu

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