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NRL: Raiders aiming to make it three in a row

Canberra Raiders go in search of their third win on the bounce when they travel to take on New Zealand Warriors, while Sydney Roosters entertain arch-rivals South Sydney Rabbitohs.

The Raiders were expected to have a tough season following the departure of Jack Wighton, but they have started with a bang, winning their opening two NRL games.

A top-eight finish come the end of the season will still be the aim and they can be backed at 3.50 to get there.

In the second match on Friday night, old rivalries resume when Sydney Roosters take on South Sydney Rabbitohs.

Souths have had a poor start to the season, losing two games on the spin, and they have drifted to 17.00 to win the grand final in 2024.

Warriors need to bounce back

What: New Zealand Warriors v Canberra Raiders
Where: Apollo Projects Stadium, Christchurch
When: 18:00, Friday 22nd March 2024
How to watch: Kayo, Foxtel
Odds: New Zealand Warriors 1.40, Canberra Raiders 3.00

Expectations were high for the Warriors heading into the new season, but they have started with two defeats.

The last-minute defeat against Melbourne Storm last week would have been hard to take, but they need to bounce back.

The Warriors won both games against the Raiders last season, and have also won three of the last four meetings.

Even though they are on home soil, it is just the eighth time the Warriors have played in Christchurch, winning just three of them.

The Raiders head there for the first time and can be backed at 7.50 to win the game by 1-5 points.

Canberra are also boosted by the return of captain Elliott Whitehead, while it is also coach Ricky Stuart’s 250th game at the helm, meaning they even more to play for.

Souths in turmoil ahead of derby date

What: Sydney Roosters v South Sydney Rabbitohs
Where: Allianz Stadium, Sydney
When: 20:00, Friday 22nd March 2024
How to watch: Kayo, Foxtel, Channel 9
Odds: Sydney Roosters 1.68, South Sydney Rabbitohs 2.20

Rivalries in the NRL do not get much bigger and both the Roosters and Rabbitohs will be desperate to get the win.

The Roosters started the season well in Las Vegas, but then suffered defeat against Manly Sea Eagles last weekend and will be keen to respond.

They will also have to do it without key playmaker Luke Keary, who will miss the game with a concussion.

The Roosters have beaten the Rabbitohs in three of the last four meetings and they also have a solid record at the new Allianz Stadium, winning seven games from 10.

Trent Robinson’s side are 6.50 to win by 6-10 points.

South Sydney have lost their opening two games and their appears to be some turbulence within the club.

Halfback Lachlan Ilias has been axed after just two games, with youngster Dean Hawkins set to take the No.7 jersey.

New signing Jack Wighton will play his first game for the club at left centre and is priced at 3.50 to mark the occasion with a try at anytime.

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