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The Raiders will want to move on quickly from a below-par performance in Townsville which took some of the gloss off a courageous first-up win over the Sharks.

Ricky Stuart's men had just 44 per cent of the ball against the Cowboys and completed at just 56 per cent, giving themselves virtually no hope of coming away with a win.

The Titans are 1-1 on the back of a narrow loss to Parramatta and a narrow win over the Warriors, both games showcasing their attacking flair and defensive frailties in equal portions.

With AJ Brimson looking right at home in the No.6 and Toby Sexton more composed each week in the No.7 they'll head to GIO Stadium confident of emulating their 44-6 triumph in round 16 last year when 11 of their 17 players ran for more than 100 metres.

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The Rundown

Team news

Raiders: A late switch at hooker with Matt Frawley starting the game and Tom Starling going to the bench. Ryan Sutton was the last man omitted an Xavier Savage is 18th man.

Nick Cotric (quad) dropped out of the squad on Friday, replaced by Seb Kris. Experienced outside back Jordan Rapana (suspension) returns on the wing with James Schiller dropping out.

Brad Schneider (COVID protocols) is back in the No.7.

Titans: No late changes on game day.

Justin Holbrook has gone with the same 17 which got the job done against the Warriors in round two. 

New signing Jamayne Isaako was listed among the reserves on Tuesday after making the immdediate switch from the Broncos but he was omitted on Friday when the squad was cut to 19.

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Raiders is number 1 Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad
    Fullback for Titans is number 1 Jayden Campbell
  • Winger for Raiders is number 5 Jordan Rapana
    Winger for Titans is number 2 Phillip Sami
  • Centre for Raiders is number 3 Matthew Timoko
    Centre for Titans is number 3 Brian Kelly
  • Centre for Raiders is number 4 Semi Valemei
    Centre for Titans is number 4 Patrick Herbert
  • Winger for Raiders is number 21 Sebastian Kris
    Winger for Titans is number 5 Greg Marzhew
  • Five-Eighth for Raiders is number 6 Jack Wighton
    Five-Eighth for Titans is number 6 Alexander Brimson
  • Halfback for Raiders is number 7 Brad Schneider
    Halfback for Titans is number 7 Toby Sexton

Forwards

  • Prop for Raiders is number 8 Josh Papalii
    Prop for Titans is number 8 Moeaki Fotuaika
  • Hooker for Raiders is number 14 Matt Frawley
    Hooker for Titans is number 9 Erin Clark
  • Prop for Raiders is number 10 Joseph Tapine
    Prop for Titans is number 10 Isaac Liu
  • 2nd Row for Raiders is number 11 Hudson Young
    2nd Row for Titans is number 11 David Fifita
  • 2nd Row for Raiders is number 12 Corey Harawira-Naera
    2nd Row for Titans is number 12 Beau Fermor
  • Lock for Raiders is number 13 Elliott Whitehead
    Lock for Titans is number 13 Tino Fa'asuamaleaui

Interchange

  • Interchange for Raiders is number 9 Tom Starling
    Interchange for Titans is number 14 Will Smith
  • Interchange for Raiders is number 15 Emre Guler
    Interchange for Titans is number 15 Sam Lisone
  • Interchange for Raiders is number 16 Adam Elliott
    Interchange for Titans is number 16 Jaimin Jolliffe
  • Interchange for Raiders is number 17 Corey Horsburgh
    Interchange for Titans is number 17 Kevin Proctor

Reserves

  • Replacement for Raiders is number 18 Xavier Savage
    Replacement for Titans is number 20 Jarrod Wallace

Match Officials

  • Referee: Chris Sutton
  • Touch Judge: Phil Henderson
  • Senior Review Official: Steve Chiddy

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Key match-up

Jack Wighton v AJ Brimson: It took Brimson less than a minute to stamp his authority on the Titans' round two clash with the Warriors, busting the defence and sending Beau Fermor away for the opening try. Brimson last played five-eighth in 2019 but gives every indication he has the finesse and flair to be a huge success in the No.6. Wighton is Canberra's go-to man when they need a spark and the 2020 Dally M Medal winner rarely lets his team down, as evidenced by his eight tackle breaks in a losing cause against the Cowboys.

Stat attack

The Titans have come up with 10 line breaks in the opening two rounds compared to just five for the Raiders. Wingers Phil Sami and Greg Marzhew have been a constant threat in attack and posted two line breaks each. Between them Sami and Marzhew ran for a whopping 431 metres against the Warriors.

 

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