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NRL: Raiders mounting top-four push

Canberra Raiders will continue their push to finish in the top four when they take on the struggling Dragons in Wollongong on Friday night.

The NRL remains tight with just four points separating top spot and eighth, and there is sure to be plenty of chopping and changing over the remaining rounds.

However the Raiders are right in the mix and sit just two points behind ladder-leaders Penrith.

It is a different story for the Dragons, who are having a season to forget, and their main goal will be to avoid picking up the wooden spoon.

The players also have new incoming coach to impress so there is plenty to play for when the Dragons and Raiders clash.

WhatSt George/Illawarra Dragons v Canberra Raiders
WhereWIN Stadium, Sydney
When20:00 (AEST) Friday 7th July, 2023
How to watchChannel 9, Kayo, Foxtel
OddsSt George/Illawarra Dragons 3.50, Canberra Raiders 1.31

Dragons missing Hunt

The Dragons have had tough couple of weeks on and off the pitch and need to give the fans something to smile about.

The last time they played at WIN Stadium they suffered a 30-point defeat against the Dolphins and then followed that up last week with a 36-point defeat at the Sharks.

Coughing up 100 points in those two games will have hit confidence and they a Raiders team who are flying.

The game between the two sides back in round seven was actually close, with the Raiders running out 20-14 winners, and hopefully we will be in for another tight one on Friday night.

WIN Stadium has not been a fortress for the Dragons like it was in 2022. Last season they won five at the venue but have tasted success only once in 2023. That win came against the Dolphins, way back in April.

The Red V will also be missing Ben Hunt, who is on State of Origin duty, and they have lost the last nine games without the playmaker.

They will also be missing winger Tautau Moga, who has scored 12 tries in his past eight games.

There is some good news though as Moses Suli returns from a head knock and the centre is priced at 4.00 to grab a try at anytime during the game.

Raiders eye three on the bounce

Canberra continue to shine and have bounced back well from a home defeat against the Warriors to see off the Roosters and Titans in the last two games.

Both have been very tight games however and that has been the story of the season for the Raiders. But at least they are getting the job done.

The green machine edged out the Roosters by two points and the Titans by four. They are priced at 6.50 to beat the Dragons by 1-5.

The Raiders have a great record against the Dragons when winning six of the last eight games against them.

Albert Hopoate will again be the main danger for Canberra after scoring six tries in his last seven games and the winger is priced at 8.50 to grab the first on Friday night.

Canberra will be missing Corey Horsburgh however after he was called up to the Queensland ranks for game three of State of Origin. Pasami Saulo will also be missing with concussion, so Trey Mooney comes on to the interchange.

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