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NRL Match Preview: Raiders v Titans

The Toyota Forklift Raiders are looking for back-to-back wins as they return to GIO Stadium Canberra for an important match against the Gold Coast Titans this Sunday evening. 

After an impressive 41-8 victory against the Parramatta Eels last weekend, the Raiders will be aiming to maintain their strong home form this season. 

The Titans will be aiming for their first victory of the season with their last game being a 35-22 loss against the North Queensland Cowboys in Townsville. 

Talking Points:

  • Chevy Stewart will become Raider #396 after being named to make his NRL debut at fullback, with Jordan Rapana set to miss the next 6-8 weeks with a knee injury.
  • Zac Hosking returns to the side after missing last week's win due to concussion protocols, while Trey Mooney will play his first game of the year after being named on the bench. 
  • Xavier Savage enters this contest in blistering form, scoring eight tries from his last ten matches in the NRL. 
  • The Titans have named an unchanged lineup from last week's loss as they look to claim their first win of the 2024 season. 

The win against the Eels showed the team we are... and we'll hopefully continue that form throughout the year.

James Schiller #379

Last Time They Met

The Raiders defeated the Gold Coast Titans 26-22 last season at GIO Stadium, Canberra. 

Key Match-up

Hudson Young v David Fifita

The battle between the representative backrowers will be one which fans will be looking on with intrigue, when they face-off at GIO Stadium on Sunday. 

After making his State of Origin debut last season, Hudson Young has quickly become one of the leaders in the Raiders forward pack. 

Playing all games for the Raiders to start the season, the edge backrower has had a strong start to the year in both attack and defence. 

Young has averaged 117 run metres, scoring two tries and making 110 tackles across the opening five rounds of the competition. 

After returning in round four from a pectoral injury, David Fifita has been in strong form impressing fans with how quickly he has returned to his best. 

The Queensland representative is known for his damaging carries which the Raiders will need to be wary of on Sunday, while his defence has been a strong feature of his game upon his return. 

The edge forward averages 154 run metres, two line break assists and 55 tackles at an efficiency of 98 percent in his opening fortnight of football. 

Both sets of fans will be looking for their respective backrowers to break the game open for their side this Sunday.  


This weekend will be the 30th matchup between these two sides, with the Raiders holding 17 wins to the Titans’ 13 wins.

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.