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With both the Canberra Raiders and Cronulla Sharks coming away with wins last week, they will be wanting to keep the momentum going in their clash this afternoon. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 5:30pm (AEST).
Both teams have been thrust into the Queensland bubble, so it will be interesting to see whose preparation has been the least affected.
The Raiders, who sit in 11th on the ladder, will be hoping for a second consecutive win today, while Cronulla will be wanting to hold on to their spot in the top eight.
The Sharks have gone down to the Raiders in their past five meetings, so they will be trying to buck that trend this afternoon.
Canberra are welcoming back their Origin stars Jack Wighton and Josh Papalii. Matt Moylan is still injured and Will Chambers is still in Melbourne following the birth of his child, so the Sharks are fielding the same 17 that won last week against the Warriors.
The Raiders are trying to put their season dramas, both off and on the field, behind them. A win this afternoon will surely set them back on the right path. Sharks coach Josh Hannay will want his team to be six wins from the past seven games by full time, and I’m sure getting a win against his old coach Ricky Stuart isn’t far from his mind either.
Cronulla seems to have found their grove of late. With star players back and the dramas of John Morris well behind them, I think they will be too strong today for Canberra.
What do you think, Roarers? Will the Sharks’ good fortune continue, or will the win against Manly last week be just the thing to get the Raiders back on track this afternoon?
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1. Xavier Savage, 2. Semi Valemi, 3. Jarrod Croker (c), 4. Sebastian Kris, 5. Jordan Rapana, 6. Jack Wighton, 7. Sam Williams, 8. Josh Papalii, 9. Josh Hodgson, 10. Emre Guler, 11 Corey Harawira-Naera, 12. Hudson Young, 13. Ryan Young
Bench/Reserves: 14. Tom Starling, 15. Joseph Tapine, 16. Iosia Soliola, 17. Ryan James | 18. Matthew Timoko, 19. Trey Mooney, 20. Matt Frawley, 21. Harley Smith-Shields
1. William Kennedy, 2. Siona Katoa, 3. Connor Tracey, 4. Jesse Ramien, 5 Ronaldo Mulitalo, 6. Braydon Trindall, 7. Shaun Johnson, 8. Aiden Tolman, 9. Blakye Brailey, 10. Aaron Woods (c), 11. Briton Nikora, 12. Teig Wilton, 13. Toby Rudolf
Bench/Reserves: 14. Mawene Hiroti, 15. Siosifa Talakai, 16. Jack Williams, 17. Braden Hamlin-Uele | 18. Billy Magoulias, 19. Royce Hunt, 20. Andrew Fifita, 21. Luke Metcalf