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Raiders forward Corey Horsburgh.

Canberra will have their first 80-minute hit-out since last year's grand final when they face Canterbury in Port Macquarie on Saturday.

The Bulldogs took a strong squad to Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea last weekend and emerged with a solid 30-18 win over Cronulla.

The squads will engage in community activities in the lead-up to the match as the north coast region recovers from the devastating bushfires.

Match: Bulldogs v Raiders

Round 3 -

Full Time
Bulldogs

Home Team

Bulldogs

Scored 10 points
Raiders

Away Team

Raiders

Scored 12 points

Venue: Port Macquarie Regional Stadium, Port Macquarie

The Rundown

Team News

Bulldogs: Adam Elliott, Aiden Tolman, Brandon Wakeham, Christian Crichton, Corey Hawira-Naera, Dallin Watene-Zelezniak, Dean Britt, Dylan Napa, Isaiah Tass, Jack Cogger, Jake Averillo, Jayden Okunbor, Joe Stimson, Josh Jackson, Kerrod Holland, Lachlan Lewis, Morgan Harper, Ofahiki Ogden, Reimis Smith, Renouf To'omaga, Sione Katoa, Will Hopoate

Captain Josh Jackson (fractured nose) and fellow back-rower Adam Elliott are back from injuries. Fullback Dallin Watene-Zelezniak has been named but will be assessed in regards to playing after suffering back bruising while on Maori All Stars duty last weekend. Indigenous All Stars forward Chris Smith sustained a torn MCL and a partially torn ACL and will be out for at least 12 weeks. Sauaso Sue (knee), Marcelo Montoya (knee), Raymond Faitala-Mariner (ankle), Jeremy Marshall-King (shoulder) and Nick Meaney (hamstring) are unavailable.

Raiders: Jarrod Croker (c), Nick Cotric, Matt Frawley, Emre Guler, Siliva Havili, Josh Hodgson (c), Corey Horsburgh, Dunamis Lui, Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad, Kai O’Donnell, Michael Oldfield, Josh Papalii, Curtis Scott, Bailey Simonsson, Harley Smith-Shields, Sia Soliola, Daine Spencer, Ryan Sutton, Joe Tapine, Matt Timoko, Semi Valemei, Elliott Whitehead, Jack Wighton, George Williams, Sam Williams, Hudson Young.

A strong squad has been named with 13 members of last year's grand final side taking part. Former Storm centre Curtis Scott is set to make his club debut, while Jack Wighton and George Williams will link in the halves for the first time. English enforcer John Bateman (shoulder) is the only notable absentee. 

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Bulldogs is number 4 Will Hopoate
    Fullback for Raiders is number 1 Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad
  • Winger for Bulldogs is number 2 Jayden Okunbor
    Winger for Raiders is number 2 Bailey Simonsson
  • Centre for Bulldogs is number 3 Reimis Smith
    Centre for Raiders is number 3 Jarrod Croker
  • Centre for Bulldogs is number 21 Morgan Harper
    Centre for Raiders is number 14 Curtis Scott
  • Winger for Bulldogs is number 23 Jake Averillo
    Winger for Raiders is number 5 Nick Cotric
  • Five-Eighth for Bulldogs is number 6 Lachlan Lewis
    Five-Eighth for Raiders is number 6 Jack Wighton
  • Halfback for Bulldogs is number 14 Jack Cogger
    Halfback for Raiders is number 7 George Williams

Forwards

  • Prop for Bulldogs is number 8 Aiden Tolman
    Prop for Raiders is number 8 Josh Papalii
  • Hooker for Bulldogs is number 9 Sione Katoa
    Hooker for Raiders is number 9 Josh Hodgson
  • Prop for Bulldogs is number 10 Dylan Napa
    Prop for Raiders is number 10 Iosia Soliola
  • 2nd Row for Bulldogs is number 11 Josh Jackson
    2nd Row for Raiders is number 11 Corey Horsburgh
  • 2nd Row for Bulldogs is number 12 Corey Harawira-Naera
    2nd Row for Raiders is number 12 Elliott Whitehead
  • Lock for Bulldogs is number 13 Adam Elliott
    Lock for Raiders is number 13 Joseph Tapine

Interchange

  • Interchange for Bulldogs is number 7 Brandon Wakeham
    Interchange for Raiders is number 4 Michael Oldfield
  • Interchange for Bulldogs is number 15 Ofahiki Ogden
    Interchange for Raiders is number 15 Emre Guler
  • Interchange for Bulldogs is number 16 Dean Britt
    Interchange for Raiders is number 16 Dunamis Lui
  • Interchange for Bulldogs is number 17 Isaiah Tass
    Interchange for Raiders is number 162 Kai O'Donnell

Reserves

  • Reserve for Bulldogs is number 19 Renouf To'omaga
    Reserve for Raiders is number 17 Ryan Sutton
  • Reserve for Bulldogs is number 20 Joe Stimson
    Reserve for Raiders is number 18 Sam Williams
  • Reserve for Bulldogs is number 22 Kerrod Holland
    Reserve for Raiders is number 19 Matt Frawley
  • Reserve for Bulldogs is number 24 Tuipulotu Katoa
    Reserve for Raiders is number 20 Matthew Timoko
  • Reserve for Bulldogs is number 25 Aaron Schoupp
    Reserve for Raiders is number 21 Siliva Havili
  • Reserve for Raiders is number 22 Daine Spencer

The big question

Bulldogs: Who steps up in the pack? With Raymond Faitala-Mariner and Chris Smith to miss round one with injuries, there's a chance for fringe players to establish themselves in the 17. Off-season recruits Dean Britt and Joe Stimson look to be jostling to partner Josh Jackson in the second-row.

Raiders: Will the halves combination click from the get-go? New No.7 George Williams only arrived in Australia in January and is yet to play alongside Clive Churchill Medal winner Jack Wighton. Both men are both running playmakers and it will be interesting to see their chemistry.