Canberra Raiders vs St. George Illawarra Dragons preview: can the Raiders hold on to top-8 spot?

In the second game of round 8 of the NRL, the Canberra Raiders play host to the St. George Illawarra Dragons in the capital on Friday.

The home side come into the game off the back of a nail-biting game against the Parramatta Eels last weekend, where two tries in the final four minutes saw the game go to golden point extra time - although it was the Eels who ended as victors.

The Dragons also lost in round 7, on the wrong end of a 26-12 victory from the Sydney Roosters at the Bankwest.

Team news

For the Raiders, Bailey Simonson comes in from the interchange to replace Jordan Rapana on the wing and Michael Oldfield replaces Curtiss Scott at centre, with the latter dropping down to the bench. Joe Tapine will return from a knee injury at lock in place of Corey Horsburg who has a foot injury.

Despite breaking his nose last week, halfback George Williams will be fine to play for the Raiders on Friday

There are no changes for the Dragons, who have won in five of their past seven games against the Raiders


Canberra Raiders

Starting 13: Nicoll-Klokstad, Simonsson, Croker, Oldfield, Cotric, Wighton, Williams, Papalii, Hodgson, Soliola, Young, Whitehead, Tapine

Interchange: Scott, Guler, Sutton, Havili

Reserves: Starling, Lui, Frawley, O'Donnell

St. George Illawarra Dragons

Starting 13: Dufty, Saab, Aitken, Lomax, Ravalawa, Norman, Clune, Lawrie, McInnes, Vaughan, Frizell, Fuimaono, Merrin

Interchange: Hunt, Kerr, Sims, Ford

Reserves: Blacker, Sailor, Brittain, Lafai

Form guide

Canberra Raiders: LLWLW

St. George Illawarra Dragons: LWWLL

Ones to watch

Canberra Raiders: George Williams

Since joining the Raiders, the young Englishman has impressed down under this season.

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The halfback's kicking is the main aspect to watch of his game and he has notched in seven try assists already this campaign, with the majority of them coming from his foot.

He set up the first of Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad's tries last weekend to help the Raiders get back into the game against the Eels.

St. George Illawarra Dragons: Adam Clune

Rookie Adam Clune has seen himself take on a roll of the halfback over the last four weeks and has significantly helped the Dragons to improve since taking the number 7 jersey.

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In their four matches with Clune, the Red 'V' have taken two victories as well as defeats against the Bulldogs and Roosters.

Like with Williams, Clune's most impressive aspect of his football is his kicking game and it has helped a Dragons side who have previously struggled to have a decent kicking game.

Where to watch on TV and Stream

The game is set to kick off at 9:00BST/16:00ACT and will be available to watch worldwide

  • For viewers in Australia, Fox League have coverage of Friday's game
  • For those in the United Kingdom, the match is available to watch on Sky Sports Arena.
  • For international viewers, Watch NRL will be broadcasting the game