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Canberra Raiders Cup: Round 18 Preview

Expect a passionate derby round for the final week of the Blumers Lawyers Canberra Raiders Cup, with three teams fighting for second place, and the remaining looking to finish their season on a high. 

Queanbeyan Kangaroos v Queanbeyan Blues, 2:00pm, Saturday 26 August at Seears Workwear Oval

With the minor premiership secured, the Roo's will be looking to carry momentum into their home final next week by putting a number on their town rivals on Saturday. 

But the Blues won't shy away from the contest as they aim to finish up on a positive note, in what has been a disappointing season for last year's runners-up. 

Woden Valley Rams v Tuggeranong Bushrangers, 3:00pm, Saturday 26 August at Saturday Phillip Oval

The Bushrangers currently hold the coveted second spot that both West Belconnen and Belconnen United are looking to snatch going into finals. 

Tuggeranong have the chance to secure second place and host third next week with two chances of survival in the finals. 

The Rams will be disappointed in their tight 27-24 loss to the Warriors last week which put an end to their hopes of making the top four. 

They will be looking to prove a point when they come up against their south side counterparts on Saturday.

The last time these two teams came together, Woden got the better of Tuggeranong in a thrilling 24-22 clash. 

West Belconnen Warriors v Belconnen United Sharks, 3:00pm, Saturday 26 August at Raiders Belconnen 

West Belconnen host Belconnen United in what will be a gruelling battle as both sides aim to snag second place. 

The Sharks are tied on points with Tuggeranong while the Warriors sit one-point behind. 

Both teams will need a win and hope for a Bushrangers loss as the Sharks' points differential is significantly worse than Tuggeranong's. 

The Warriors will be coming into this game with confidence after a strong win over Woden last week to secure a finals spot.

While the Sharks will be looking to bounce back from a disappointing 44-8 loss to the Roo's. 

Yass Magpies v Goulburn City Bulldogs, 3:00pm, Saturday 26 August at Walker Park

Goulburn were drawn an unfortunate bye last week which ruled them out of finals contention. 

The Bulldogs have been competitive all year and will be disappointed they won't be playing footy next week. 

They hope to finish their season on a high and carry momentum into next year as they face Yass on Saturday. 

The Magpies will be dissatisfied with their performances this year as they finish the season on the bottom of the table. 

They will be playing for morale, looking to put on a good display for their home fans. 

Gungahlin Bulls v Bye 

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