Unavailable: Josh Hodgson, Joseph Tapine, Charlie Gubb
Canberra went down to their second successive defeat to start the season as they were beaten by Newcastle. The Raiders got themselves in front in the second half but couldn’t pull away from the Knights who held on at the end for a 28-30 win.
Ricky Stuart has named Aidan Sezer in the starting line-up with Blake Austin dropping to the interchanges. Liam Knight will make his club debut if the team remains as named with him coming onto the bench for Charlie Gubb who has picked up an injury.
Canberra failed to win last week despite having more possession than Newcastle (54%) as well as having five more sets. The Raiders completed at 86% from 37 sets which will be a worry for the Raiders that they aren’t translating numbers like that into a win.
Unavailable: Simon Mannering, Nathaniel Roache, Gerard Beale, Isaiah Papali’i
New Zealand Warriors maintained their 100% start to the season with a solid win over Gold Coast Titans last week. The Warriors never really looked like losing and only a late try for the Titans left the score not looking too bad as the Warriors claimed a 20-8 victory.
Stephen Kearney will be without Isaiah Papali’i for around six weeks after he picked up a knee injury. Leivaha Pulu starts with Agnatius Paasi coming onto the bench.
The Warriors showed some mettle in defence last week as they had to overcome a lot less time in possession than the Titans. Gold Coast spent 41:02 on the ball with the Warriors only seeing the ball for 30:58 with the Warriors still managing to claim a comfortable win.
Canberra head coach Ricky Stuart needs a win in this game to help ease fears over his future in the job with his side losing both of their opening games. In comparison, their opponents in this game have won both of their games with the New Zealand Warriors looking impressive in attack. Both sides are capable of winning this but if the Warriors defend as well as last week, they should be able to extend their strong start to the season and leave the Raiders without a win.
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