The NRL match of the round takes place in the nation's capital as the Raiders host the Rabbitohs at GIO Stadium.
Both teams currently sit comfortably inside finals contention but if they harbour hopes of finishing in the top-four Saturday night is a must-win match up.
Raiders Form & Team News
The Raiders delivered a stunning reminder to the NRL competition that they are contenders in 2020 after upsetting the Sydney Roosters
by four points. Josh Papalii was at his hard-hitting best for the Green Machine, crossing the try line to score the winner with 14 minutes left in the match.
Jordan Rapana moves into the centres with Semi Valemei starting on the wing due to Michael Oldfield's hamstring injury.
The Canberra Raiders team for Saturday can be found below:
1. Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad 2. Nick Cotric 3. Jarrod Croker 4. Jordan Rapana 5. Semi Valemi 6. Jack Wighton 7. George Williams 8. Josh Papali'i 9. Siliva Havili 10. Dunamis Lui 11. Hudson Young 12. Elliott Whitehead 13. Kai O'Donnell 14. Tom Starling 15. Joseph Tapine 16. Ryan Sutton 17. Harley Smith-Shields 18. Sam Williams 19. Darby Medlyn 20. Matt Frawley 21. John Bateman
Rabbitohs Form & Team News
The Bunnies lost in agonising fashion last week, succumbing to the Knights by just two points in an enthralling contest. The Rabbitohs conceded the first four tries before crossing the line three times in ten minutes to roar back into contention. The fight back ultimately fell short with the Knights gripping on.
James Roberts and back-rower Ethan Lowe are out long-term through injury. The Bunnies compensate with the return of Campbell Graham back to the centres and promote Bailey Sironen to the run-on side.
The South Sydney Rabbitohs team for Saturday can be found below:
1. Alex Johnston 2. Corey Allan 3. Campbell Graham 4. Dane Gagai 5. Jaxson Paulo 6. Cody Walker 7. Adam Reynolds 8. Tevita Tatola 9. Damien Cook 10. Thomas Burgess 11. Jaydn Su'A 12. Bayley Sironen 13. Cameron Murray 14. Mark Nicholls 15. Hame Sele 16. Patrick Mago 17. Jack Johns 18. Kurt Dillon 19. Keaon Koloamatangi 20. Troy Dargan 21. Steven Marsters
Raiders vs Rabbitohs Head to Head
Canberra has had the better of South Sydney in recent years, winning five of the last seven matches between the teams.
The last time the teams met the Raiders won by 6 points to book their place in the 2019 NRL grand final.
Raiders vs Rabbitohs Betting Odds
The Raiders head into Saturday as the $1.58 favourites with the Bunnies the $2.55 outsiders.
The line is set at -5.5 in favour of the Raiders.
Raiders vs Rabbitohs Match Up
Siliva Havili and Damien Cook is the pivotal battle.
It is hard to find two more contrasting styles from men in No.9 jerseys, yet both are very important to their team's chances. Havili had a great game in the win over the Roosters, with his strong defence a highlight. Cook seems to be warming to the 2020 rule changes and at his best poses a potent attacking threat.
Raiders vs Rabbitohs Key Stats
- Fourteen of Canberra's last 17 matches have gone under the total match points line
- Josh Papalii has scored a try in three of Canberra's last four matches
- The favourite has won each of Canberra's last 15 night matches at GIO Stadium Canberra