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NRL: Raiders out to stop the rot

Canberra Raiders will be looking to cement their place in the top eight when they take on a Wests Tigers side who are rock-bottom of the NRL ladder.

The Raiders look sure to play finals and are even in with a shout of squeezing into the top four over the remaining rounds.

With that in mind, a win over the Tigers on home turf is a must - Wests have had another season to forget and look set to end it with the wooden spoon.

They can still catch the Dragons, who sit just one place above them, while they will also have their pride to play for.

There are no guarantees in the NRL and the Tigers have pulled off big upsets before, so the Raiders will have to be on their guard.

WhatCanberra Raiders v Wests Tigers
WhereGIO Stadium, Canberra
When16:05 (AEST), Sunday 6th August 2023
How to watchKayo, Foxtel
OddsCanberra Raiders 1.28, Wests Tigers 3.75

Raiders require a response

The Raiders have had an outstanding season, but they need to bounce back after losing the last two games against the Warriors and Knights.

The one-point loss to the Warriors would have been hard to take, but the 28-6 defeat to the Knights in Canberra would have hit them even harder.

Ricky Stuart’s men still managed to hold on to fifth spot, but they will need a strong finish to have any chance of making the top four.

They now get the chance to make it up to their supporters against a Tigers side that have won just three games all season.

The Raiders have won the last six games against the Wests Tigers, including a one-point win in the reverse fixture back in June.

They will be hoping for a more comfortable win this time and are priced at 6.50 to win by 16-20 points.

Jordan Rapana is set to play at fullback and needs just two tries to reach 100 tries for the Raiders. He can be backed at 12.00 to grab the first of the game.

Tigers attempt to stop rot

The Tigers have lost the last eight games on the bounce, but there were some positive signs when they ran the Rabbitohs close last week.

However, they are going to need something of a miracle if they are to jump above the Dragons and avoid the wooden spoon.

There are games against the Warriors, Dolphins, Roosters and Sea Eagles to see out the regular season and they will need to win at least two of the last five games.

Wests do not have a great record in Canberra either. Indeed they have not won in the nation’s capital since way back in 2018.

They can take some heart from the fact that the Raiders have conceded 130 points in their last four homes games. Question is, can the Tigers expose any defensive frailties?

David Nofoaluma could be a big threat as he looks to score his 100th try for the joint venture, while Api Koroisau has scored in each of the last three games.

They are 13.00 and 17.00 respectively to score the first try of the game.

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