Hot off the back of a stunning sixty-point performance at home, the Raiders will head to Bathurst this weekend to take on the Penrith Panthers.
We’ve put together a list of five things we can’t wait to see as the Raiders look to make it two from two against the mountain men this season.
THE HOME GROUND: Find out what we can’t wait to see on the Raiders website.
Croker looks to make history
Skipper Jarrod Croker needs just nine points to write himself into the history books as the club’s highest pointscorer.
A record currently held by David Furner with 1,218 points, Croker is just a few scores away after 172 career games.
Croker nearly shocked an unsuspecting Raiders crowd on the weekend as he racked up one try and eight goals in the 54-point demolition of the Tigers, but ultimately was made to wait until Saturday in Bathurst to hopefully reach the mark.
While it isn’t a Raiders home game, one can expect a solid turnout of fans in green with Jack Wighton returning close to home.
Born and bred in Orange, Wighton will have plenty of family and friends making the trip up the Mitchell Highway to cheer on the Raiders number one.
Shannon Boyd will also celebrate 50 games on Saturday, close to his hometown of Cowra.
It is the Raiders’ second trip to the Central West in just over two months, after knocking Newcastle over in a trial match in Orange during February.
History suggests a close one
The Raiders have met the Panthers more times in history (69) than they have any other club, picking up 35 wins to Penrith’s 33, with one draw.
Since the formation of the NRL in 1998, the clubs have met 36 times, with the Raiders holding a slender two-game advantage in the head-to-head market.
In sixty-nine matches, Canberra have scored twelve more points than Penrith, indicating that there hasn’t been much to separate the two sides over the years.
If Round One is anything to go by, this one will be a nail-biter!
Fensom’s fancy footwork
Who can forget Shaun Fensom’s play of the week from round one?
Raiders lock Shaun Fensom dazzled the Panthers defence in Round One as he clinched the match with a stunning try on full-time.
Here’s hoping Fensom can channel his inner fullback and dance his way to the try line once again, and add to his highlights package.
Mounties are back in action
Mounties will look to continue their stellar season in the Intrust Super Premiership after having a well-earned week off in Round Eight.
Currently sitting on top of the table, Mounties will be buoyed by Round One’s thrilling two-point victory over the Panthers ahead of this weekend’s Carrington Park showdown.
Boasting the best attack in the competition, Mounties will be wary of a dangerous Panthers outfit that has the ability to punish any opposition, having cracked the fifty-point barrier just three weeks ago.
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