Raiders v Warriors: Young's positive vibes; Anxious wait for Harris-Tavita
TimestampMon 22 Mar 2021, 03:30 PM
Canberra are in the process of re-establishing GIO Stadium as a fortress in 2021.
The Raiders accounted for the Wests Tigers in round one at the national capital and will be heavy favourites to again benefit from home comforts against the Warriors.
After upsetting the Titans to start the season, the Warriors lost a close contest with Newcastle at Gosford in round two via a late defensive lapse.
Second-rower Hudson Young finished the victory over Cronulla despite experiencing knee issues late in the contest. Reports are that he seemed "okay" after the game and the club hopes to confirm his status by Tuesday.
Captain Jarrod Croker is Canberra's only notable absentee at the moment and is expected to return this round or next from shoulder surgery.
Halfback Chanel Harris-Tavita
is facing an extended stint on the sideline, with the club waiting on scans they hope will rule out a broken foot.
Back-rower Bayley Sironen
had his arm in a sling after the loss to Newcastle but Warriors officials said the strapping was purely precautionary.
(pectoral) and Jackson Frei
(knee) are a chance this week while prop Kane Evans
is nearing a return after playing 41 minutes for Redcliffe in the Queensland Cup on the weekend. Coach Nathan Brown
said Evans is one to four weeks away from playing NRL.
Match: Raiders v WarriorsROUND 3 - SATURDAY 27TH MARCH
Last updated: 07:28 am Tuesday 23rd March 2021
Key match-upCharnze Nicoll-Klokstad v Roger Tuivasa-Sheck:
The battle of the hyphenated Kiwi fullbacks should be worth the price of admission alone.
With Roger Tuivasa-Sheck
heading to rugby union next year, Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad
looms as the likely contender to replace the experienced fullback in the New Zealand No.1 jersey at the World Cup at the end of this season if he can maintain the form he's displayed since moving to the Raiders a couple of years ago.
Stat attackAddin Fonua-Blake
is again one of the NRL's best players in 2021 when it comes to post-contact metres.
The former Manly prop, who made a high-profile switch to the Warriors in the off-season, has racked up a total of 152 post-contact metres in the opening two rounds, well supported by winger Ken Maumalo
, who only trails him by four in this department.
Kick-off times, TV times, team lists, match info and full preview for round 3 match between the Canberra Raiders and New Zealand Warriors