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NRL Match Preview: Raiders v Roosters

The Canberra Raiders will host the Sydney Roosters at GIO Stadium on Sunday afternoon in Round 13 action.

The Raiders will be looking to bounce back after their winning streak came to an end against the Parramatta Eels last Sunday.

The Green Machine currently sit one win behind the top eight and with several teams having a bye this round, the side will be hoping to earn a very valuable two points on Sunday.

Jack Wighton and Josh Papalii will be out of the side due to State of Origin commitments. Therefore, Matt Frawley will partner Jamal Fogarty in the halves and Corey Horsburgh will start for the Raiders in the front row.

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Raiders is number 1 Xavier Savage
    Fullback for Roosters is number 1 Joseph Manu
  • Winger for Raiders is number 2 Nick Cotric
    Winger for Roosters is number 2 Billy Smith
  • Centre for Raiders is number 3 Matthew Timoko
    Centre for Roosters is number 3 Paul Momirovski
  • Centre for Raiders is number 4 Sebastian Kris
    Centre for Roosters is number 4 Kevin Naiqama
  • Winger for Raiders is number 5 Jordan Rapana
    Winger for Roosters is number 5 Joseph Suaalii
  • Five-Eighth for Raiders is number 6 Matt Frawley
    Five-Eighth for Roosters is number 6 Sam Walker
  • Halfback for Raiders is number 7 Jamal Fogarty
    Halfback for Roosters is number 7 Luke Keary

Forwards

  • Prop for Raiders is number 8 Corey Horsburgh
    Prop for Roosters is number 10 Siosiua Taukeiaho
  • Hooker for Raiders is number 9 Zac Woolford
    Hooker for Roosters is number 9 Drew Hutchison
  • Prop for Raiders is number 10 Joseph Tapine
    Prop for Roosters is number 15 Fletcher Baker
  • 2nd Row for Raiders is number 11 Hudson Young
    2nd Row for Roosters is number 11 Angus Crichton
  • 2nd Row for Raiders is number 12 Elliott Whitehead
    2nd Row for Roosters is number 12 Sitili Tupouniua
  • Lock for Raiders is number 13 Adam Elliott
    Lock for Roosters is number 13 Nat Butcher

Interchange

  • Interchange for Raiders is number 14 Tom Starling
    Interchange for Roosters is number 14 Connor Watson
  • Interchange for Raiders is number 15 Ryan Sutton
    Interchange for Roosters is number 16 Egan Butcher
  • Interchange for Raiders is number 17 Trey Mooney
    Interchange for Roosters is number 17 Terrell May
  • Interchange for Raiders is number 18 James Schiller
    Interchange for Roosters is number 19 Daniel Suluka-Fifita

Reserves

  • Replacement for Raiders is number 19 Harry Rushton
    Replacement for Roosters is number 18 Lachlan Lam

Match Officials

  • Referee: Adam Gee
  • Touch Judge: Kasey Badger
  • Touch Judge: Drew Oultram
  • Senior Review Official: Chris Butler

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Last Time They Met

The Raiders went down 40-16 to the Roosters in the final round of last season in Mackay.

Key Matchups

Hudson Young v Angus Crichton

Two of the competition's best back-rowers will go head-to-head when Hudson Young goes up against Angus Crichton on Sunday afternoon.

It has been a breakout season for Young, who has played an important role in every Raiders win this season. Young has four tries in his first 10 appearances of the season to go along with four line breaks and 19 tackle breaks. Young is also averaging 98 running metres and 30 tackles per game, proving himself as both a lethal attacking weapon and a solid defender.

Meanwhile, Angus Crichton will be looking to make a statement to the rest of the competition after missing out on a Blues jersey. Despite being one of the best back-rowers in recent years, Crichton’s role has changed for the Roosters in 2022, playing plenty of minutes off the bench and in the forwards. 

Both of these elite back-rowers will be out to make a difference for their side on Sunday with some lethal attack and bruising defensive plays. Whoever can come out on top of this battle will go a long way in deciding the game in Canberra.

Joe Tapine v Siosiua Taukeiaho 

It will be another battle between two of the best players in their position when Tapine goes head to head with Taukeiaho as both props have gone to a new level in 2022.

Tapine has been one of the Raiders’ best this season and one of the best front-rowers in the competition. Tapine will also be looking to step up and lead the Raiders forward pack with Papalii will be away on Origin duty. The Kiwi international prop is averaging 149 running metres to go along with 23 tackle breaks, 17 offloads and one try this season.

Taukeiaho has also been one of the best props this season and has been a big part of the Roosters recent run of form. The two-time premiership winner and Tongan international is averaging 139 running metres to go along with 18 tackle breaks and 13 offloads.

Both of these international front rowers will be in charge of leading their forward packs on Sunday afternoon with some brutal plays in attack and defence. Whoever can come out on top in the battle of these props will set the platform that will likely decide the game on Sunday.

Matthew Timoko v Paul Momirovski

It's been a great season for Matt Timoko so far and he will be looking forward to the challenge of going head-to-head with Momirovski, who won a premiership with the Panthers last year.

Timoko has become one of the most exciting centres in the competition at just 22 years of age. Timoko has four tries and three line breaks while averaging 102 running metres per game this season. He has also been one of the best defensive outside backs, making 103 tackles at an efficiency of 89.6%. 

Meanwhile, Momirovski has had a welcomed return to his debut club after spending time at the Tigers, Storm and Roosters. Momirovski has three tries in his first 10 appearances as well as 24 tackle breaks and two line breaks.

It will be an electrifying battle between both of these centres as both have proven to be great in attack and one-on-one defenders. A moment of brilliance with the ball or a try-saving tackle from one of these two could decide the game on Sunday.

Head to Head

Since 1998, the Roosters have the advantage of winning 28 out of the 42 matches they have played against the Raiders.

Acknowledgement of Country

Canberra Raiders respect and honour the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.