The poor old Warriors are feeling a bit hard done by after refereeing blunders played a part in last week's 24-22 loss to the Eels.

Tough as it must be to swallow, all they can do is get on with the job of trying to make the finals, and that basically means winning at least five of their final six games.

They won't get any free rides from the Raiders, who are eyeing a top two finish after last week's impressive road win over Penrith.

Ricky Stuart will be urging his side to stay focused against a desperate Warriors.

Match: Warriors v Raiders

Round 20 -

Full Time
Warriors

Home Team

Warriors

Scored 12 points
Raiders

Away Team

Raiders

Scored 46 points

Venue: Mt Smart Stadium

Match broadcasters:

  • Foxtel
  • LIVE PASS
  • KAYO

The Rundown

Team news

Warriors: Jazz Tevaga moves from lock to hooker in a late switch with Karl Lawton going to the bench. Lawton had been named originally as the replacement for suspended hooker Isaac Luke. Lachlan Burr takes Tevaga's place at lock while Sam Lisone and Adam Pompey drop out of the final squad. Kodi Nikorima is back at five-eighth after missing last week's narrow loss to Parramatta with an ankle injury. Chanel Harris-Tavita shifts to the bench. Luke and Adam Keighran were the first two cuts to the 21-man squad named on Thursday. The Warriors have lost their past five games at Mt Smart Stadium.

Raiders: Are 1-17. Sam Williams and Hudson Young are the two players to drop out. No injury concerns for the Green Machine, who flew direct to New Zealand after their win at Penrith on Sunday due to the short turnaround. Sebastian Kris and Royce Hunt were the two players left out the squad 24 hours out from kick-off. Josh Hodgson will play his 100th NRL game.

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Warriors is number 1 Roger Tuivasa-Sheck
    Fullback for Raiders is number 1 Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad
  • Winger for Warriors is number 2 Gerard Beale
    Winger for Raiders is number 2 Bailey Simonsson
  • Centre for Warriors is number 3 Peta Hiku
    Centre for Raiders is number 3 Jarrod Croker
  • Centre for Warriors is number 4 Blake Ayshford
    Centre for Raiders is number 4 Michael Oldfield
  • Winger for Warriors is number 5 Ken Maumalo
    Winger for Raiders is number 5 Jordan Rapana
  • Five-Eighth for Warriors is number 6 Kodi Nikorima
    Five-Eighth for Raiders is number 6 Jack Wighton
  • Halfback for Warriors is number 7 Blake Green
    Halfback for Raiders is number 7 Aidan Sezer

Forwards

  • Prop for Warriors is number 8 Agnatius Paasi
    Prop for Raiders is number 8 Josh Papalii
  • Hooker for Warriors is number 13 Jazz Tevaga
    Hooker for Raiders is number 9 Josh Hodgson
  • Prop for Warriors is number 10 Leeson Ah Mau
    Prop for Raiders is number 10 Iosia Soliola
  • 2nd Row for Warriors is number 11 Adam Blair
    2nd Row for Raiders is number 11 John Bateman
  • 2nd Row for Warriors is number 12 Isaiah Papali'i
    2nd Row for Raiders is number 12 Elliott Whitehead
  • Lock for Warriors is number 14 Lachlan Burr
    Lock for Raiders is number 13 Joseph Tapine

Interchange

  • Interchange for Warriors is number 16 Bunty Afoa
    Interchange for Raiders is number 14 Siliva Havili
  • Interchange for Warriors is number 17 Chanel Harris-Tavita
    Interchange for Raiders is number 15 Emre Guler
  • Interchange for Warriors is number 18 Karl Lawton
    Interchange for Raiders is number 16 Corey Horsburgh
  • Interchange for Warriors is number 20 Josh Curran
    Interchange for Raiders is number 17 Dunamis Lui

Key match-up

It's the battle of the metre-eaters with Warriors fullback Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (3307m) and Canberra custodian Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad (3015m) ranking first and third for yardage this year. Adding to the theatre, Nicoll-Klokstad is facing his former club for the first time and will want to show the Warriors they made a huge mistake by not offering him more NRL chances.

For the Warriors to win

They have the power up front to match the Raiders but do they have the stamina and will to do it? They weren't far off against Parra and need to play with the same effort on Friday. Someone has to take some pressure off Blake Green in the play-making department, while RTS and Maumalo must provide strong carries from the back.

For the Raiders to win

Last week's defeat of the Panthers was the final piece of proof that Ricky Stuart has his team believing they are good enough to go all the way. They need to continue to build their game plan around defence and make sure they don't get sucked into playing Warriors football.

Brett Kimmorley says

The Raiders were great on Sunday, but now they have to travel to New Zealand on a short turnaround. Ricky Stuart won’t let there be any excuses. Defensively they are very, very good – that’s what wins premierships. As for the Warriors, it is pretty much do or die. They’re back at Mt Smart which will help, but I don’t know if they’ll have the physicality or pace of game that the Raiders can play at. I think this will be goodbye to the Warriors for 2019. Raiders by 6

Stat Attack

The unassuming Ken Maumalo has proven a stats beast in 2019. The Warriors winger leads the competition for post-contact metres (1008) and is only one behind top try-scorer Maika Sivo with 12 four-pointers.

And another thing ...

This will be the first meeting between these teams in 2019 after the Warriors completed a 2-0 sweep last season. Canberra looked to have victory sewn up in the first clash last year before losing 20-19 in a heart-breaker. They failed to square the ledger in the return meeting, going down 20-16 at Mt Smart Stadium.