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NRL: Raiders bidding for six in a row

Canberra Raiders will be out to make it six wins on the bounce when they take on Manly Sea Eagles on Sunday afternoon.

The Raiders are one of the form teams in the NRL and if they can carry on in the same fashion for the rest of the season, they will be playing finals. 

Manly also have their sights set on the top eight, but they are heading in the opposite direction after losing the last three games. 

The Sea Eagles are only one point off the top eight but they need to find some form quickly if they are to start climbing the ladder. 

Just three points separate Penrith Panthers in third and Manly down in 11th spot, so any team that can get on a run will make good progress. 

This is the last game of the round so both sides will know exactly where two points will take them.

Raiders flying high

WhatCanberra Raiders v Manly Sea Eagles 
WhereGIO Stadium, Canberra
When16:05 (AEST) Sunday 21st May, 2023
How to watchChannel 9, Kayo, Foxtel
OddsCanberra Raiders 1.52, Manly Sea Eagles 2.55

The Raiders are bang in form and brimming with confidence after winning their last five games on the spin. It has not been an easy run of games either. 

Indeed Brisbane Broncos and Parramatta Eels have been among their victims and they will be out to add Manly to the list. 

It is seven years since the Raiders went on such a run. Back in 2016 they won 10 on the bounce and went on to finish second on the ladder. 

With South Sydney Rabbitohs coming up after the Manly game, they will do well to make it to double figures, but no doubt Ricky Stuart will be delighted to stretch it to six wins. 

The green machine have been in outstanding form at GIO Stadium having won five of the last six games at their home venue and Manly will have to be on top of their game. 

Hudson Young has also been in good touch with five tries in his past seven games, and he is priced at 2.80 to score at anytime on Sunday. 

Jordan Rapana will also have added incentive to get his name on the score-sheet. The winger is just one try away from reaching his century in the NRL. He is 9.00 to score the first of the game.

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Sea Eagles desperate to snap losing streak 

Manly started the season well under new coach Anthony Seibold, but things have gone off the rails in recent weeks. They have lost to the Titans, Broncos and Sharks and their defence has been one of the biggest issues for them. 

The Sea Eagles have missed 38 and 39 tackles in the last two games and they will be in big trouble against the rampant Raiders if they produce the same again. 

Manly do have a good record against the Raiders in recent meetings, winning five of the past seven, but this is a different Canberra side. 

The Sea Eagles are also struggling on the road after picking up just one win in nine away from 4 Pines Park. 

Seibold has received a big boost heading into the game with the news that Jake Trbojevic has recovered from a calf injury, while Josh Schuster returns from a calf injury. 

Now Manly need Tom Trbojevic to find his best form. The gun fullback appears to be off the pace and that is not helping the Sea Eagles cause.

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