The Sydney Roosters will look to remain on top of the NRL ladder and claim their sixth consecutive win when they go up against the Canberra Raiders at GIO Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
While the Canberra Raiders have been the best attacking team in the competition this season, the Sydney Roosters have been the benchmark on the defensive end of the ground, making this week's match-up one that is sure to be entertaining.
ROUND 23 | RAIDERS V ROOSTERS
SUNDAY, AUGUST 19TH
GATES | 2:55PM
NRL KICK OFF | 4:10PM
BROADCAST: Channel Nine and Fox League (502 on Foxtel)
HASHTAGS: #EastsToWin #NRLRaidersRoosters
KEY MATCH UP | LETHAL EDGES
The exciting left edge of Daniel Tupou and Latrell Mitchell go up against the always dangerous Joseph Leilua and Jordan Rapana.
The Leilua-Rapana combination has been firing again in 2018, leaving the Mitchell-Tupou combination with some work to do on the defensive end.
It's without a doubt the match-up of the week, and it's going to be a lot of fun.
KEY 2018 STATS
TRIES: LM: 19 | JL: 14 | LINE BREAKS: LM: 13 | JL: 13 | TRY ASSISTS: LM: 5 | JL: 3
ROOSTERS: 1. James Tedesco, 2. Daniel Tupou, 3. Latrell Mitchell, 4. Joseph Manu,
5. Blake Ferguson, 6. Ryan Matterson, 7. Cooper Cronk, 8. Dylan Napa, 9. Jake Friend (c),
10. Siosiua Taukeiaho, 11. Boyd Cordner (c), 12. Isaac Liu, 13. Victor Radley
Interchange: 14. Nat Butcher, 15. Zane Tetevano, 16. Mitchell Aubusson, 17. Sean O'Sullivan
Reserves: 18. Sitili Tupouniua, 19. Kurt Baptiste, 20. Paul Momirovski, 21. Lindsay Collins
RAIDERS: 1. Brad Abbey, 2. Nick Cotric, 3. Elliott Whitehead, 4. Joey Leilua, 5. Jordan Rapana,
6. Blake Austin, 7. Sam Williams, 8. Dunamis Lui, 9. Josh Hodgson (C), 10. Shannon Boyd,
11. Joe Tapine, 12. Sia Soliola, 13. Josh Papalii
Interchange: 14. Emre Guler, 15. Luke Bateman, 16. Siliva Havili, 17. Junior Paulo
Reserves: 18. Jack Murchie, 19. Liam Knight, 20. Makahesi Makatoa, 21. Michael Oldfield
Head-to-head: Played 59; Roosters 32 wins, Raiders 27 wins
Previous result: Raiders won 24-16 at GIO Stadium in round 12, 2017
Points per game: Raiders 24.2; Roosters 22.8
Points conceded per game: Raiders 23.6; Roosters 15
Ladder position: Roosters 1st, Raiders 10th
Last five: Roosters 5 wins, Raiders 1 win 4 losses
Televised: Live on Nine, Fox League