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Opposition in focus: Canberra Raiders

This week sees the 'Green Machine' of the Canberra Raiders take on the Titans at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium in Sydney (Titans COVID update) and it is a game full of intriguing matchups.

The Raiders are coming off a thrilling defeat to the Warriors where they spent most of the game with only the one reserve, while the Titans had a record-breaking victory - scoring 44 points for the first time in club history as they defeated the North Queensland Cowboys in Townsville.

This game brings about a number of intriguing matchups across the park.

Josh Papalii and Tino Fa'asuamaleaui

The Queensland State of Origin teammates set the tone for the respective teams and both will have each other in their sights come Saturday.

The winner of this battle could decide the winner of the game.

Ricky Stuart

One thing about Ricky Stuart is he wears his heart on his sleeve and those emotions were in full view last weekend as his team received a few controversial calls.

The Canberra legend is sure to have his team primed as they aim to avoid back to back losses.

Ryan James

The former Titans Captain played 144 games across 10 years for the Titans and will be looking forward to playing against old teammates for the first time since making the move down south.

Ryan James will come up against his former side for the first time this weekend.
Ryan James will come up against his former side for the first time this weekend.

Jamal Fogarty v Josh Papalii

Ask Jamal Fogarty about this one and he laughs and says it is all anyone wants to let him know about - the time he got run down by a prop.

No doubt the Titans #7 will be keen to get one past 'Big Papa' this weekend.

As the Titans look to press their own credentials in 2021, the Raiders will be looking to maintain their stay at the top of the NRL table and it is sure to present an intriguing battle and show where both teams are at this early in the season.

Canberra Raiders Team

1. Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad
2. Bailey Simonsson
3. Jarrod Croker
4. Sebastian Kris
5. Jordan Rapana
6. Jack Wighton
7. George Williams
8. Josh Papalii
9. Josh Hodgson
10. Dunamis Lui
11. Hudson young
12. Elliott Whitehead
13. Ryan Sutton
Interchange  
14. Tom Starling
15. Siliva Havili
16. Iosia Soliola
17. Ryan James
Reserves  
18. Sam Williams
19. Semi Valemei
20. Caleb Aekins
21. Emre Guler