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Raiders home to short Eels charge

The Raiders are coming off back to back losses and need a big win over the Eels to keep any hope of a final appearance flickering.
Raiders home to short Eels charge
by NRL

The Raiders are coming off back to back losses and need a big win over the Eels to keep any hope of a final appearance flickering.

Canberra welcomes David Shillington back into the starting side for the match, while Josh Papalii also gets a chance to start for the first time in his short NRL career.

STATS BOX
HEAD TO HEAD
Played 45, Raiders 21, Eels 24
At Canberra Stadium, Played 14, Raiders 10, Broncos 4

LAST 5 CLASHES
2010 - RAIDERS 24 d. EELS 20 at Parramatta Stadium
2009 - EELS 18 d. RAIDERS 16 at Parramatta Stadium
2008 - EELS 30 d. RAIDERS 12 at Parramatta Stadium
2007 - RAIDERS 38 d. EELS 10 at Canberra Stadium
2007 - EELS 38 d. RAIDERS 6 at Parramatta Stadium

MATCH-UPS
Nathan Massey - Jarryd Hayne
Massey gets another shot this weekend with Josh Dugan still on the injured list and he'll be keen to keep making an impact. His opponent Jarryd Hayne is one of the most dangerous attacking players in the league and the Raiders will need to make sure they can limit his influence.

David Shillington - Fui Fui Moi Moi
Shillington had a solid hit out against the Broncos last week and will be keen to impress ahead of the final state of origin selection for Queensland. Moi Moi is the metre eater for the Eels and he will come out firing early in the contest.

Joe Picker - Nathan Hindmarsh
Picker has been in and out of the team this year due to injury, but when he gets a few games together he can be a very strong attacking option for the team on the left hand edge. Hindmarsh continues to be one of the hardest workers in the NRL and often tops the tackle count so the Raiders will need to sap as much energy from him as they can.

HE SAID IT - with Sam Williams
"The Eels were very strong on Monday night and they'll be hungry after just getting beat by Manly. We need to improve on the Brisbane game and get out to a lead and then carry on."

WORTH NOTING
* Josh Papalii will start his first NRL match
* David Shillington is back in the starting lineup
* Joel Thompson could be included if he passes a fitness test on Friday
* The Raiders Toyota Cup kicks off against the Eels at 5.15pm

CANBERRA RAIDERS v PARRAMATTA EELS
Canberra Stadium, Saturday July 25 at 7.30pm
Referees: Jared Maxwell & Chris James




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