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The Canberra Raiders look to keep their top-four hopes alive against the Canterbury Bulldogs. Join The Roar for live scores from 6:30pm (AEST).
The Raiders dealt with the challenge posed by the Titans, coming away with a comfortable 36-16 win. The game will be remembered for that ankle tap, when a flying Josh Papalii raced 60 metres to stop Titans half Jamal Fogarty from scoring a certain try.
The Bulldogs will have unhappier memories of last weekend, twice surrendering a lead to the Warriors and throwing away a golden chance to move off the bottom of the ladder.
Steve Georgallis has responded to the capitulation by dropping prized English recruit Luke Thompson, along with Reimis Smith, Jack Cogger, Jake Averillo and Sauaso Sue. The coach is clearly trying to send a message that last week’s effort wasn’t good enough, which is admirable. Whether the Dogs have enough depth to make sweeping changes is another story.
Canberra will know a win is vital here, setting up a clash with the Roosters next week which could be decisive in who secures fourth position. Ricky Stuart’s charges have been good at beating teams below them on the ladder handily this season, and expect this to be no different.
Kick-off: 6:30pm (AEST)
Venue: GIO Stadium, Canberra
TV: Fox Sports
Live stream: Kayo Sports, Foxtel, NRL Live Pass
Odds: Raiders $1.11, Bulldogs $6.50
1. Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad, 2. Jordan Rapana, 3. Jarrod Croker, 4. Curtis Scott, 5. Nick Cotric, 6. Jack Wighton, 7. George Williams, 8. Josh Papalii, 9. Siliva Havili, 10. Dunamis Lui, 11. John Bateman, 12. Elliott Whitehead, 13. Hudson Young
Bench/Reserves: 14. Tom Starling, 15. Joseph Tapine, 16. Ryan Sutton, 17. Matthew Timoko, 18. Sam Williams, 19. Harley Smith-Shields, 20. Kai O’Donnell, 21. Matt Frawley
1. Will Hopoate, 2. Nick Meaney, 3. Marcelo Montoya, 4. Kerrod Holland, 5. Dallin Watene-Zelezniak, 6. Kieran Foran, 7. Lachlan Lewis, 8. Ofahiki Ogden, 9. Jeremy Marshall-King, 10. Dylan Napa, 11. Josh Jackson, 12. Raymond Faitala-Mariner, 13. Aiden Tolman
Bench/Reserves: 14. Sione Katoa, 15. Renouf To’omaga, 16. Dean Britt, 17. Matt Doorey, 19. Luke Thompson, 20. Jack Cogger, 21. Reimis Smith, 22. Tim Lafai