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The Canberra Raiders will take on the St George Illawarra Dragons this weekend in their round 16 clash at WIN Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

The fixture is shaping up to be a crucial one, with both sides in need of a victory in their push for a finals berth.

Fresh off a last-minute win against the Knights, Canberra will be looking to continue the momentum which has seen them secure five victories in their last seven matches.

The team will be boosted by the return of Jack Wighton from Covid protocols, with the NSW representative regaining his five-eighth jersey as Matt Frawley moves to the reserves.

James Schiller has also dropped out of the side after suffering a shoulder injury during the Knights match, with the returning Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad taking his place on the bench.

This will be Nicoll-Klokstad’s first match back since he sustained a hamstring injury against the Rabbitohs in May. 

The Dragons will also be looking to continue their recent success, seeking to maintain the momentum that saw them defeat the Rabbitohs 32-12 last round to move inside the top eight.

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Dragons is number 1 Cody Ramsey
    Fullback for Raiders is number 1 Xavier Savage
  • Winger for Dragons is number 2 Mathew Feagai
    Winger for Raiders is number 2 Nick Cotric
  • Centre for Dragons is number 3 Moses Suli
    Centre for Raiders is number 3 Matthew Timoko
  • Centre for Dragons is number 4 Zac Lomax
    Centre for Raiders is number 4 Sebastian Kris
  • Winger for Dragons is number 5 Mikaele Ravalawa
    Winger for Raiders is number 5 Jordan Rapana
  • Five-Eighth for Dragons is number 6 Talatau Amone
    Five-Eighth for Raiders is number 6 Jack Wighton
  • Halfback for Dragons is number 7 Ben Hunt
    Halfback for Raiders is number 7 Jamal Fogarty

Forwards

  • Prop for Dragons is number 8 Jack De Belin
    Prop for Raiders is number 8 Josh Papalii
  • Hooker for Dragons is number 9 Andrew McCullough
    Hooker for Raiders is number 9 Zac Woolford
  • Prop for Dragons is number 10 Blake Lawrie
    Prop for Raiders is number 10 Joseph Tapine
  • 2nd Row for Dragons is number 11 Jack Bird
    2nd Row for Raiders is number 11 Hudson Young
  • 2nd Row for Dragons is number 12 Jaydn Su'A
    2nd Row for Raiders is number 12 Elliott Whitehead
  • Lock for Dragons is number 13 Tariq Sims
    Lock for Raiders is number 15 Ryan Sutton

Interchange

  • Interchange for Dragons is number 14 Moses Mbye
    Interchange for Raiders is number 13 Adam Elliott
  • Interchange for Dragons is number 15 Francis Molo
    Interchange for Raiders is number 14 Tom Starling
  • Interchange for Dragons is number 16 Aaron Woods
    Interchange for Raiders is number 16 Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad
  • Interchange for Dragons is number 17 Michael Molo
    Interchange for Raiders is number 17 Corey Horsburgh

Reserves

  • Replacement for Dragons is number 21 Jaiyden Hunt
    Replacement for Raiders is number 20 Trey Mooney

Match Officials

  • Referee: Peter Gough
  • Touch Judge: Jon Stone
  • Touch Judge: Ziggy Przeklasa-Adamski
  • Senior Review Official: Grant Atkins

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Last Time They Met

The Raiders were able to hold on to a 20-12 victory against the Dragons in Round 21 at Cbus Super Stadium last year.

Ben Hunt vs Jamal Fogarty 

Both Jamal Fogarty and Ben Hunt will be looking to control proceedings when they come up against each other this weekend in one of the main match-ups of the game.

After sustaining an injury in a pre-season trial, Fogarty has hit the ground running since his round 11 return against the Parramatta Eels. The crafty halfback has already picked up three try assists in his four games in 2022, alongside four forced dropouts.

It hasn’t just been in attack where Fogarty has shone, with the number seven averaging over 20 tackles per match in defence. It seems that the halfback is going from strength to strength and will likely only continue to improve on his already pleasing form this weekend.

Fogarty will need to be at his best however coming up against one of the premier players in the competition in Ben Hunt. The Dragon has been brilliant in 2022, leading the Dally M leader board before it went behind closed doors after Round 12.

The Queensland representative has been an attacking powerhouse, scoring three tries whilst setting up 13 others. His running game has also been of serious note, averaging over 100 run metres in his 14 games so far.

With the match likely to be played through their hands, it is likely that whoever comes out on top between the pair will go a long way to securing the victory for their team.

Sebastian Kris vs Zac Lomax

Two big centres who can break a game wide open, both Zac Lomax and Sebastian Kris will have a serious job on their hands controlling their opposite number this weekend.

Since finding a home at centre in round 10 after being the team’s fix-it man early in the season, Kris has been brilliant for the Green Machine.

His ability to find the try line is well known around the league, scoring six times so far in 2022. This included a four-match try scoring streak just a few rounds ago, with some spectacular individual efforts.

His destructive abilities with ball in hand will be something to watch for St George this weekend, with the centre breaking 13 tackles and averaging just shy of 100 run metres per match this season. Add to this his rock-solid defence and he is the definition of a modern-day game-breaking centre.

Up against him will be Zac Lomax, who since debuting in 2018 has cemented himself as one of the premier centres in the competition. The Dragon has provided four tries and four try assists for his team this season, being a consistent piece in a St George side looking to squeeze into the finals.

In a game as evenly poised as this weekend, a moment of magic may be what it takes to split the two sides and both Kris and Lomax can produce the spectacular.

Tariq Sims vs Adam Elliott

Two players who have found a consistent starting role after featuring off the bench at stages throughout the season, both Tariq Sims and Adam Elliott have proven to be crucial players for the respective sides.

After filling in at hooker during the mid-part of this year’s campaign Adam Elliott has found a home at the lock position, proving to be one of the competition’s most in-form players in the 13 jersey. His ability to make the most of the biggest moments has left him adored by the Raiders faithful, with Elliott playing a crucial role in many of the Raiders’ victories so far in 2022. 

Over the past five rounds he has averaged over 120 metres, with many of those being post contact. His defensive workload has also been on full display, including his 41-tackle performance against the Knights.

Against him will be Sims, who is scheduled to play just his fourth game at lock this season. His versatility has been key for the Dragons so far in 2022, helping wherever he is required by head coach Anthony Griffin.

It will be crucial that Elliott and the rest of the Raiders do not allow Sims to ease into the match, as his destructive running game and line-breaking ability can quickly turn a game.

Whoever wins this battle will likely help to propel their side into a match winning position this weekend.

Head-to-Head

Canberra have won 21 of their 34 NRL matches against the Dragons, with the Raiders looking to extend their head-to-head record this weekend.

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.