The Canberra Raiders will travel to Glen Willow Oval in Mudgee to take on the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles this Saturday in round four.
The Raiders will want to keep the momentum rolling after last week's incredible comeback win against the Titans. Meanwhile the Sea Eagles were also victorious last week picking up their first win of the season so both teams will be out to claim back-to-back wins.
The Raiders have made one change to last week's winning side as they welcome back Origin winger Nick Cotric from a quad injury in place of Sebastian Kris, who has been added to the COVID isolation list and will be unavailable for selection.
Fullback for Sea Eagles is number 1 Tom TrbojevicFullback for Raiders is number 1 Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad
Winger for Sea Eagles is number 2 Jason SaabWinger for Raiders is number 2 Nick Cotric
Centre for Sea Eagles is number 4 Morgan HarperCentre for Raiders is number 3 Matthew Timoko
Centre for Sea Eagles is number 20 Tolutau KoulaCentre for Raiders is number 4 Semi Valemei
Winger for Sea Eagles is number 5 Reuben GarrickWinger for Raiders is number 5 Jordan Rapana
Five-Eighth for Sea Eagles is number 6 Kieran ForanFive-Eighth for Raiders is number 6 Jack Wighton
Halfback for Sea Eagles is number 7 Daly Cherry-EvansHalfback for Raiders is number 7 Brad Schneider
Prop for Sea Eagles is number 10 Martin TaupauProp for Raiders is number 8 Josh Papalii
Hooker for Sea Eagles is number 9 Lachlan CrokerHooker for Raiders is number 14 Matt Frawley
Prop for Sea Eagles is number 19 Josh AloiaiProp for Raiders is number 10 Joseph Tapine
2nd Row for Sea Eagles is number 11 Haumole Olakau'atu2nd Row for Raiders is number 11 Hudson Young
2nd Row for Sea Eagles is number 12 Andrew Davey2nd Row for Raiders is number 12 Corey Harawira-Naera
Lock for Sea Eagles is number 13 Jake TrbojevicLock for Raiders is number 13 Elliott Whitehead
Interchange for Sea Eagles is number 8 Sean KeppieInterchange for Raiders is number 9 Tom Starling
Interchange for Sea Eagles is number 14 Dylan WalkerInterchange for Raiders is number 15 Emre Guler
Interchange for Sea Eagles is number 15 Karl LawtonInterchange for Raiders is number 16 Adam Elliott
Interchange for Sea Eagles is number 17 Taniela PasekaInterchange for Raiders is number 17 Corey Horsburgh
Replacement for Sea Eagles is number 23 Christian TuipulotuReplacement for Raiders is number 18 Xavier Savage
- Referee: Ziggy Przeklasa-Adamski
- Touch Judge: Jon Stone
- Senior Review Official: Ashley Klein
Last Time they Met
The Raiders suffered a narrow 19-18 loss to the Sea Eagles in round 23 last year but were able to defeat the Sea Eagles at 4 Pines Park 30-16 in round 17.
Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad vs Tom Trbojevic
Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad will need to be at his best this Saturday against one of the best players in the NRL, Tom Trbojevic.
Nicoll-Klokstad has returned to some of his best form after an injury-free start to the season and played a crucial part in last week's win over the Titans. Nicoll-Klokstad came up with an incredible try saving tackle on Toby Sexton late in the first half and scored the match winning try while still running for 145 metres.
Meanwhile Tom Trbojevic hasn’t quite lived up to expectations after his incredible performance from last season which won him the Dally M medal. However, Trbojevic still currently sits second in running metres across the competition and ran for over 200 metres while scoring his first try of the season in Manly’s win over the Bulldogs last Sunday.
This is shaping up to be an incredible battle between two of the game's best fullbacks with both men willing to do whatever it takes to be victorious on Saturday.
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Jack Wighton vs Kieran Foran
Jack Wighton will be looking to continue his great start to the season and this weekend is up against New Zealand international, Kieran Foran.
Wighton has returned to his best to start the 2022 season and led the side through last week's incredible comeback where he ran for 110 metres and set up a try for Matt Timoko in the left corner which kick-started the side's second half resurgence.
Kieran Foran also played a crucial role in his side's victory last week. Running for 140 metres as well as creating two line breaks, Foran also set up a Reuben Garrick try to end the first half.
Both players are so important to their side's performance which they proved last week and whoever can win this match-up will go a big way in securing their side the win.
Elliot Whitehead vs Jake Trbojevic
It's another crucial match-up in the middle for the Raiders captain this weekend where he will be up against the incumbent Australian lock, Jake Trbojevic.
Whitehead was able to get the better of his opposing lock last week, running for nearly 98 metres and making 33 tackles with an efficiency of 94.29%.
Jake Trbojevic has returned to some of his best form to start the season. Trbojevic currently leads the competition in tackles with 142 while having just missed five.
Both of these players will be wanting to lock up the middle of the field and make an impact defensively, whoever can do the better job there will go a long way in getting their side the victory.
Head to Head
The Raiders and Sea Eagles have played 34 times in the NRL era with the Sea Eagles having the slight advantage winning 20 of those meetings.