Raiders Lost At Home

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Explsoive backrower Josh Papali is back for the Raiders this weekend. Picture: News Limited/
Canberra Raiders v Newcastle Knights
Saturday April 12 – 3.05pm (AEST)
GIO Stadium, Canberra

Form Guide:
Raids: WLWLL
Knights: LLLWL

Things You Need To Know:

The Raiders receive a much needed boost through the return of Josh Papalii, Bill Tupou, Jarrad Kennedy and Shannon Boyd. Jake Foster, Sami Sauiluma and Kyle O'Donnell are dropped and Joel Edwards' return is indefinite due to the NRL's strict concussion rules. Despite a woeful display last week, the Knights come into the match with an unchanged line-up. Rumours persist that Jarrod Mullen could be a late inclusion for the Knights. Canberra beat Newcastle 26-20 back in round two.

Reason To Watch:
Anthony Milford. He killed them when the two sides met in round two and is playing even better now. And, no, he hasn't changed his mind about moving to Brisbane next year. Sorry Canberra fans.

Reason To Turn Away:
If you're a Knights fan, this one could be ugly. They understandably hit a flat spot last week but quickly have to regroup and refocus and whatever other word begins with 're'. Townsville to Canberra in the space of a few days is a big ask and may take its toll. It could be a very long day for the Newcastle boys.

Say What:
"At the moment we're in our fifth game and we're probably playing at about 50 or 60 per cent of our ability…We just haven't been able to nail it consistently." - Wayne Bennett on the Knights' inconsistent season that has them languishing in 15th place.

Final Word:

Although they lost last week, Canberra put on a solid performance against top four bolters Penrith. The Raiders at home look hard to beat, considering we can't work out whether the Knights will fire or fail. Raiders by 14.

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