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NSW Cup & Jersey Flegg Round Seven Preview

The Raiders NSW Cup and Jersey Flegg teams travel to Penrith this weekend to take on the Panthers in round seven action. 

The NSW Cup side's three game winning streak came to an end last weekend at the hands of the Bears, with the side going down 28-20 in a tight affair. 

The Raiders currently sit in seventh position on the ladder, just two points behind the fourth placed Eels. 

There has been a few changes to the side ahead of this weekend's clash at BlueBet Stadium. 

Albert Hopoate has been given the start at fullback, replacing Sebastian Kris. Hopoate has shown great versatility during the past couple of games, slotting in as winger, in the halves and now fullback this weekend. 

James Schiller has been named on the wing, having missed last round through injury. 

Emre Guler will play his first NSW Cup game of the season after being named as starting prop, while Peter Hola moves to lock. Hola replaces Harry Rushton, who will make his NRL debut this weekend. 

Loghan Lewis and Juwan Compain have been named on the bench. 

The Panthers have had a strong start to the season and will be a tough team to play at their home ground. 

Penrith have won five of their opening six games, scoring 206 points including 37 tries. 

The side is coming off the back of a dominant 42-16 win over the Mounties.

The Raiders v Panthers match kicks off at 1:50pm this Sunday. 

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Panthers is number 1 Sunia Turuva
    Fullback for Raiders is number 1 Albert Hopoate
  • Winger for Panthers is number 2 Christian Crichton
    Winger for Raiders is number 2 Utuloa Asomua
  • Centre for Panthers is number 3 Robert Jennings
    Centre for Raiders is number 3 Jarrod Croker
  • Centre for Panthers is number 4 Matt Stimson
    Centre for Raiders is number 4 Brad Morkos
  • Winger for Panthers is number 5 Thomas Jenkins
    Winger for Raiders is number 5 James Schiller
  • Five-Eighth for Panthers is number 6 Sean O'Sullivan
    Five-Eighth for Raiders is number 6 Joshua James
  • Halfback for Panthers is number 7 Kurt Falls
    Halfback for Raiders is number 7 Sam Williams

Forwards

  • Prop for Panthers is number 8 Eddie Blacker
    Prop for Raiders is number 8 Ata Mariota
  • Hooker for Panthers is number 18 Mitch Kenny
    Hooker for Raiders is number 9 Matt Frawley
  • Prop for Panthers is number 10 Lindsay Smith
    Prop for Raiders is number 10 Emre Guler
  • 2nd Row for Panthers is number 11 Preston Riki
    2nd Row for Raiders is number 11 Trey Mooney
  • 2nd Row for Panthers is number 12 Chris Smith
    2nd Row for Raiders is number 16 Clay Webb
  • Lock for Panthers is number 13 J'maine Hopgood
    Lock for Raiders is number 13 Peter Hola

Interchange

  • Interchange for Panthers is number 14 Jarrod Brackenhofer
    Interchange for Raiders is number 14 Zac Woolford
  • Interchange for Panthers is number 15 Liam Henry
    Interchange for Raiders is number 15 Loghan Lewis
  • Interchange for Panthers is number 16 John Faiumu
    Interchange for Raiders is number 17 Juwan Compain
  • Interchange for Panthers is number 17 Mavrik Geyer
    Interchange for Raiders is number 18 Mitchell Spencer

Reserves

  • Replacement for Panthers is number 19 Ativalu Lisati
    Replacement for Raiders is number 19 Mitchel Souter

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The Raiders Jersey Flegg side will also be looking to bounce back this Sunday when they take on the Panthers.  

After a poor start to the competition, the Raiders got their season back on track with consecutive wins in rounds four and five before falling to the ladder-leading Roosters 40-10 last weekend. 

The Raiders currently sit in ninth position on the ladder, with this week's opponents the Panthers sitting one win ahead. 

Only one change has been made to the side from last week, with Tane Kiriona coming onto the bench to replace Juwan Compain, who has been named in the Cup side.

The Panthers have had a see-sawing start to the season, winning their first two matches before losing the next three. They defeated the Victoria Thunderbolts last round which will give them some confidence heading into this weekend. 

The Raiders v Panthers match kicks off at 12:15pm on Sunday. 

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Panthers is number 1 Isaiah Iongi
    Fullback for Raiders is number 1 Rayden Burns
  • Winger for Panthers is number 2 Daeon Amituanai
    Winger for Raiders is number 2 Temple Beauchamp
  • Centre for Panthers is number 3 William Fakatoumafi
    Centre for Raiders is number 3 Sione Vuki
  • Centre for Panthers is number 4 Kristian Li Mai
    Centre for Raiders is number 4 Steven Numambo
  • Winger for Panthers is number 5 Cody Lawson
    Winger for Raiders is number 5 Josh Smith
  • Five-Eighth for Panthers is number 6 Jack Cole
    Five-Eighth for Raiders is number 6 Thomas Casey
  • Halfback for Panthers is number 7 Niwhai Puru
    Halfback for Raiders is number 7 Sione Moala

Forwards

  • Prop for Panthers is number 8 Hanna-Jonathan El-Nchar
    Prop for Raiders is number 8 Eneseli Kamuta
  • Hooker for Panthers is number 9 Connor Mason
    Hooker for Raiders is number 9 Mitchel Souter
  • Prop for Panthers is number 10 Bradley Fearnley
    Prop for Raiders is number 15 Carsil Vaikai
  • 2nd Row for Panthers is number 11 Ativalu Lisati
    2nd Row for Raiders is number 11 Kaden Williams
  • 2nd Row for Panthers is number 12 Jack Garrod
    2nd Row for Raiders is number 12 Noah Gafa
  • Lock for Panthers is number 13 Hohepa Puru
    Lock for Raiders is number 13 Mitchell Prest

Interchange

  • Interchange for Panthers is number 14 Braith Alexander
    Interchange for Raiders is number 14 Jack Bishop
  • Interchange for Panthers is number 15 Zac Lipowicz
    Interchange for Raiders is number 16 Aiden Kawiri
  • Interchange for Panthers is number 16 Daniel Sykes
    Interchange for Raiders is number 17 Tane Kiriona
  • Interchange for Panthers is number 17 Ilai Tuia
    Interchange for Raiders is number 18 Jed STUART

Reserves

  • Replacement for Panthers is number 19 Addison Williams
    Replacement for Raiders is number 19 Joshua Pokoney

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