As they celebrate skipper Jarrod Croker's 300th NRL game tonight the Raiders will be hunting a third straight win, taking on a One New Zealand Warriors side which was a big winner last week.
Having rested Croker from last week's 20-19 victory over the Wests Tigers, the Raiders have set the scene for an emotional night on Friday as they seek to make it seven wins from their past eight games and climb further towards a spot in the top four.
The Warriors got back to winning ways with a second-half scoring blitz which saw them to a comfortable 30-8 win over the Dolphins with veteran No 7 Shaun Johnson stealing the show.
In their last four meetings both sides have enjoyed two wins each, while the Raiders have a slight advantage in the overall head-to-head record, with 26 wins from 48 games.
At GIO Stadium the One New Zealand Warriors have won three times in their last four visits, a far cry from their record through the late 1990s and 2000s which saw them leave the venue with just one win in 11 games at one stage.
Match: Raiders v Warriors
Round 15 -
Fullback for Raiders is number 1 Sebastian KrisFullback for Warriors is number 1 Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad
Winger for Raiders is number 2 Albert HopoateWinger for Warriors is number 2 Dallin Watene-Zelezniak
Centre for Raiders is number 3 Jarrod CrokerCentre for Warriors is number 3 Ali Leiataua
Centre for Raiders is number 4 Matthew TimokoCentre for Warriors is number 4 Adam Pompey
Winger for Raiders is number 5 Jordan RapanaWinger for Warriors is number 5 Marcelo Montoya
Five-Eighth for Raiders is number 6 Jack WightonFive-Eighth for Warriors is number 6 Luke Metcalf
Halfback for Raiders is number 7 Jamal FogartyHalfback for Warriors is number 7 Shaun Johnson
Prop for Raiders is number 8 Josh Papali'iProp for Warriors is number 8 Addin Fonua-Blake
Hooker for Raiders is number 9 Zac WoolfordHooker for Warriors is number 9 Wayde Egan
Prop for Raiders is number 10 Joseph TapineProp for Warriors is number 10 Bunty Afoa
2nd Row for Raiders is number 11 Hudson Young2nd Row for Warriors is number 11 Jackson Ford
2nd Row for Raiders is number 12 Elliott Whitehead2nd Row for Warriors is number 12 Marata Niukore
Lock for Raiders is number 13 Corey HorsburghLock for Warriors is number 13 Tohu Harris
Interchange for Raiders is number 14 Tom StarlingInterchange for Warriors is number 14 Bayley Sironen
Interchange for Raiders is number 15 Emre GulerInterchange for Warriors is number 15 Josh Curran
Interchange for Raiders is number 16 Nick CotricInterchange for Warriors is number 16 Mitchell Barnett
Interchange for Raiders is number 17 Pasami SauloInterchange for Warriors is number 17 Tom Ale
Replacement for Raiders is number 18 Matt FrawleyReplacement for Warriors is number 20 Taine Tuaupiki
- Referee: Grant Atkins
- Touch Judge: Drew Oultram
- Touch Judge: Dave Munro
- Senior Review Official: Kasey Badger
Raiders: A new-look backline sees Jarrod Croker return at centre for his 300th NRL game so Albert Hopoate goes back to the wing and Nick Cotric goes to the bench. Seb Kris (knee) is also back on deck in the No 1 jersey so Harley Smith-Shields makes way. Skipper Elliott Whitehead is back from a two-game suspension in the second row so Corey Horsburgh goes to lock, Joe Tapine to prop and Pasami Saulo to the bench. There were no changes in the 24-hour team update on Thursday.
One New Zealand Warriors: Ali Leiataua will make his NRL debut in the centres replacing Rocco Berry (head knock) in the only change to the side that downed the Dolphins. Leiataua has scored nine tries in 13 games in NSW Cup this season. Freddy Lussick was initially named among the reserves but dropped out of the side on Thursday night with Ronald Volkman and Taine Tuaupiki remaining in the squad as reserves.
- Warriors winger Dallin Watene-Zelezniak has scored doubles in three of his seven games in 2023.
- The Raiders are among the NRL's most prolific offloaders this season, averaging 9.2 per game, almost three more than the Warriors.
- This week will be the 23rd time Jarrod Croker has faced the Warriors in his 300-game career, the equal most appearances he has against another club, tied with Penrith and the Titans.
- The Raiders have won seven of their past eight games.
- The Raiders have conceded the second most tries in the NRL this season.
- Warriors halfback Shaun Johnson requires three goals for 500 NRL goals.
Stats supplied by David Middleton, League Information Services, author of the official annual of the NRL.