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NRLW Match Preview: Raiders v Knights

The Canberra Raiders side will take on the Newcastle Knights this Saturday at GIO Stadium Canberra at 11:05am in our first ever NRLW stand-alone home game.

The Raiders are coming off a tough 40-8 loss to the Broncos last weekend and will be looking to turn it around on Saturday.

The Raiders have been hard to beat all season losing only two games so far and are sitting in fourth position on the ladder.

The Raiders will have the inclusion of some vital players ahead of Saturday’s clash with Apii Nicholls named to return at fullback and Ua Ravu named on the bench. 

They will be coming up against the reigning premiers in the Knights who have also had a very successful season, sitting on ten points in second place.

The Knights are coming off the back of a 22-14 win over the Sharks last weekend.

The Knights have named an unchanged line up from last week, with Caitlin Moran, Jacinta Carter, Jayde Herdegen, and Tamerah Leati all named on their extended bench.

This Saturday will be a taste of finals footy with two of the top four teams facing off at an important time in the season.

Team Lists


  • Fullback for Raiders is number 1 Apii Nicholls
    Fullback for Knights is number 1 Tamika Upton
  • Winger for Raiders is number 2 Madison Bartlett
    Winger for Knights is number 2 Sheridan Gallagher
  • Centre for Raiders is number 3 Cheyelle Robins-Reti
    Centre for Knights is number 3 Shanice Parker
  • Centre for Raiders is number 4 Mackenzie Wiki
    Centre for Knights is number 4 Abigail Roache
  • Winger for Raiders is number 5 Shakiah Tungai
    Winger for Knights is number 5 Jasmin Strange
  • Five-Eighth for Raiders is number 6 Zahara Temara
    Five-Eighth for Knights is number 6 Georgia Roche
  • Halfback for Raiders is number 7 Ashleigh Quinlan
    Halfback for Knights is number 7 Jesse Southwell


  • Prop for Raiders is number 10 Sophie Holyman
    Prop for Knights is number 8 Tayla Predebon
  • Hooker for Raiders is number 9 Chanté Temara
    Hooker for Knights is number 9 Olivia Higgins
  • Prop for Raiders is number 13 Simaima Taufa
    Prop for Knights is number 10 Caitlan Johnston
  • 2nd Row for Raiders is number 11 Elise Smith
    2nd Row for Knights is number 11 Laishon Albert-Jones
  • 2nd Row for Raiders is number 20 Monalisa Soliola
    2nd Row for Knights is number 12 Yasmin Clydsdale
  • Lock for Raiders is number 12 Hollie-Mae Dodd
    Lock for Knights is number 13 Hannah Southwell


  • Interchange for Raiders is number 8 Grace Kemp
    Interchange for Knights is number 14 Nita Maynard
  • Interchange for Raiders is number 16 Kerehitina Matua
    Interchange for Knights is number 15 Kayla Romaniuk
  • Interchange for Raiders is number 18 Petesa Lio
    Interchange for Knights is number 16 Tiana Davison
  • Interchange for Raiders is number 21 Jessica Gentle
    Interchange for Knights is number 17 Viena Tinao


  • Replacement for Raiders is number 19 Ella Ryan
    Replacement for Knights is number 18 Jacinta Carter

Match Officials

  • Referee: Wyatt Raymond
  • Senior Review Official: Dave Munro

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Key Match-ups

Cheyelle Robins-Reti vs Shanice Parker

The battle of the two high-scoring centres will be one that will get you out of your seat as these to go head-to-head.

Both players are their own teams’ top try scorers with Robins-Reti sitting on four tries for the season adding one to the tally just last weekend.

Meanwhile Parker is sitting on five tries for her team scoring two in last weekend’s win.

Robins- Reti has had a great season so far with her impeccable attack ripping up other teams goal line defence in crucial points of games.

She has also racked up an incredible 31 tackle breaks along with 120 average running metres in the six games so far.

Parker has also had a similar season so far with 22 tackle breaks and 658 total running metres.

This matchup will be sure to keep the scoreboard ticking over come Saturday morning.

Simaima Taufa v Hannah Southwell 

This will be a matchup like no other as these two play against each other when they are used to playing alongside each other.

Not only have these two played together at the Roosters in 2019 and 2020, they have also played alongside each other in the NSW Blues side as well as being in the Jillaroos Australian team together.

This will be a big clash for both players with the two being the hard-hitting rocks in their teams.

Taufa has a whopping 95.5% tackle efficiency for the 2023 season with some of those tackles sure to be amongst the tackles of the year.

Along with her defence, she has unreal attack with no team being able to keep her down with 373.3 post-contact metres. 

Southwell also has some great stats next to her name considering she has only played three games this season with a 92% tackle efficiency and 134 average running metres. 

The match-up between these two will be sure to electrify the stadium with tackles that will be heard from the grandstands.

Apii Nicholls v Tamika Upton

The battle of the fullbacks will be in fine form on Saturday as the Raiders welcome back Apii Nicholls to their side.

Nicholls has had a great season so far, getting the Raiders over the line in desperate times with her back line defence saving some strong attack. 

Despite Nicholls not having scored a try yet she has three try assists along with a high 151 average running meters.

She was missed in the Raiders team last week and the side will be happy to have her back ahead of this tough game.

Upton, like Nicholls, has had an amazing season as well with 31 tackle breaks and two tries next to her name for 2023.

These two will be sure to put all the talent on show come Saturday in what will be a great build-up ahead of finals just three games away.

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.