Match Preview: Raiders v Roosters

The Sydney Roosters will travel to the nations capital this weekend in the hope of making it four wins in a row and continuing their solid start to the 2013 NRL season, when they play the Raiders on Sunday night at Canberra Stadium.


After a Round 1 loss to the Rabbitohs the boys from Bondi havent looked back with wins against the Warriors, Broncos and Eels in consecutive weeks and continue to show signs of a side that has been transformed under the guidance of new coach Trent Robinson and his staff.


However, its the past two weeks that have got the Tricolours noticed by those across the NRL world with 58 points scored and 0 against them.


Robinson made no secret of the fact he spent the majority of the off-season working on the sides defence after two seasons of leaking too many points and the results are already beginning to show.


However, Mitch Aubusson says he and the Roosters squad arent getting ahead of themselves just yet and know Premierships certainly arent won in the opening month of a season.


Weve been relatively happy with what weve done so far, but theres plenty of areas that we still need to improve on.


This Sunday they meet a side many are suggesting should be an easy-beat, with the boys from Canberra coming away from the opening four rounds of the competition with just one win to see them holding up the rest of the competition table in last position.


However, Canberra Stadium and their passionate fans is a well known ally to the boys in Green and the Roosters arent taking them lightly according to the backrower.


Theyre pretty strong all over the park and pretty young and enthusiastic... so weve got to make sure were on our game.


Aubusson comes into the starting side for the first time since Round 1 in place of the injured Frank-Paul Nuuausala, who damaged his medial ligament in Monday nights win over the Eels and will be out for up to six weeks.


Mobile backrower Aidan Guerra returns to the squad after missing the last three rounds with a knee injury, while 2013 high-profile recruit Luke ODonnell also comes back into the selection fold after missing a week.


Aubusson had no doubt the two would have an impact straight away.


Theyre both pretty experienced guys and Im looking forward to playing with them again and Im sure theyll both hold their heads high.


Robinson has named an 18-man squad, with one player to be omitted from an extended bench including Guerra, ODonnell, Daniel Mortimer, Marty Kennedy and last weeks NRL debutant Isaac Liu.



Roosters.com.au caught up with in-form prop Jared Waerea-Hargreaves for a chat before this Sunday's clash. Click here to read what he had to say.


Click here to see the Teams named for this clash