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Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Raiders round 6 preview: Beware a wounded Manly

Canberra Raiders (2nd) vs Manly Sea Eagles (7th) Sunday 21 June 4.05pm @Campbelltown Stadium

These two sides have built up a healthy rivalry over the past few seasons with some hard-fought contests and close finishes.

The Raiders returned to the defensive game style that has been so successful for them over the past 18 months last round and will be looking to show that effort and intensity again.

However, Manly pose more of a threat in attack than the Tigers did last week and, with the likes of Tom Trbojevic, Dylan Walker and Daly Cherry-Evans, it will take a full 80-minute effort.

The Raiders have been boosted by the return of Corey Horsburgh and Hudson Young for the battle of two heavyweight forward packs, while Dunamis Lui and Bailey Simonsson drop out of the 17.

Manly were lucky to escape with a win last week against the Broncos and, given the form the Broncos are in, they will need to improve on that performance to win this match.

They were down 18-0 in the first half but managed to claw their way back and win 20-18 with a strong second-half showing.

They will be without Martin Taupau and Moses Suli, who are both out injured and are key players for the Manly side.

Key Matchups

Josh Papalii vs Addin Fonua-Blake

Two of the largest men in the NRL will go head to head in what should be a physical clash. Papalii has been solid for the Raiders but below his outstanding best that he showed last season so will be keen to show he’s still the premier front-rower in the competition. Fonua-Blake ran for a whopping 254 metres last week and has proven a thorn in the side of the Raiders in the past.

George Williams vs Daly Cherry-Evans

Williams has been a tremendous addition to the Raiders side since coming over from England with his short kicking game a real feature. Cherry-Evans is an incredibly experienced halfback in the NRL and controls his side very well.

Full teams:

 Raiders Manly
1Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad1Tom Trbojevic
2Jordan Rapana2Tevita Funa
3Jarrod Croker3Brad Parker
4Curtis Scott4Brendan Elliot
5Nick Cotric5Reuben Garrick
6Jack Wighton6Dylan Walker
7George Williams7Daly Cherry-Evans
8Josh Papalii8Addin Fonua-Blake
9Josh Hodgson9Danny Levi
10Iosia Soliola10Taniela Paseka
11Joseph Tapine11Joel Thompson
12Elliott Whitehead12Curtis Sironen
13Corey Horsburgh13Jake Trbojevic
 Bench Bench
14Siliva Havili14Lachlan Croker
15Emre Guler15Jack Gosiewski
16Ryan Sutton16Sean Keppie
17Hudson Young17Morgan Boyle
 Reserves Reserves
18Dunamis Lui18Toafofoa Sipley
19Bailey Simonsson19Abbas Miski
20Matt Frawley20Haumole Olakau’atu
21Tom Starling21Cade Cust

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