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The Raiders return to GIO Stadium this weekend with all three grades looking to secure two straight wins to start the season against the Sydney Roosters. We’ve compiled a list of five things we can’t wait to see in Round Two.

THE HOME GROUND: See the full list on the Raiders website.

Lachlan Croker on debut

Raiders NYC skipper Lachlan Croker will make his long-awaited first grade debut this weekend. Croker will partner Sam Williams in the halves after Blake Austin and Aidan Sezer were both ruled out with injury.

Nephew of Raiders legend Jason, Croker has impressed in the Auckland Nines over the past two seasons. A proven match-winner at NYC level, the young half is an exciting prospect for the Green Machine.

The chance for back to back wins

The Raiders have a golden opportunity to make a perfect start to the season against the Roosters. Injuries to Austin and Sezer has leveled the playing field with the Roosters, as they are also missing Mitchell Pearce, Jared Waerea-Hargreaves and Boyd Cordner.

The Roosters are coming off a thrashing at the hands of South Sydney, and will definitely be looking to bounce back with a win.

Two from two will be just what the Raiders need on Saturday, as it shows they can cope with the loss of Austin and Sezer and that the Raiders dismal home record in 2015 is a distant memory.

Brett White’s boys

A conversion after the siren from hooker Zac Woolford got the Raiders over the line in a thriller to open their NYC campaign in style.

With under a minute remaining, Woolford darted out of dummy-half before linking up with Lachlan Croker on his inside to level the scores. You won’t want to miss this side in action on Saturday against a strong Roosters NYC outfit!

Fensom’s fancy footwork

If you ask Shaun Fensom to define the word “stop”, he might struggle.

The workhorse clocked up 132 running metres and 38 tackles in sweltering conditions, but it was his solitary line-break that was our play of the week, as the fleet-footed forward secured Canberra’s maiden win of 2016.

Another scorching Saturday

It’s expected to be another warm day come game day, so pile on the green zinc and enjoy watching the footy in the warmth while you can!


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