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NRL Team List - Sharks v Raiders

A patched-up Sharks side without key playmakers Shaun Johnson and Chad Townsend host the Canberra Raiders in their final regular season game on Saturday night.

Johnson underwent surgery on his ruptured Achilles today, while Townsend has one more week to serve of a three-game suspension, with coach John Morris opting for Connor Tracey and skipper Wade Graham as his halves pairing when the Sharks team was announced today.

Tracey has been a positive to come from the Sharks recent performances, with his energy, support play and running game a feature, while Graham returns from a two-game suspension to play his first game as a starting five eighth since 2015.

In other team changes, Sione Katoa and Josh Dugan come out, replaced by Nene MacDonald and Mawene Hiroti, with Siosifa Talakai and Briton Nikora the back-row pairing as a result of Graham’s positional switch.

On 20 competition points and with an inferior percentage to the seventh placed Rabbitohs, the Sharks can finish no higher than eighth, however their opponent in week one of the finals is set to be determined on Saturday.

A win by the Sharks this weekend will mean they head to Canberra to play the Raiders for a second week in a row, while a Canberra victory and an Eels loss to the Tigers in the late game on Saturday, would see a Cronulla v Parramatta finals match up.

Should the Eels beat the Tigers it would confirm the Raiders as the Sharks finals opponents.

The 21-man Sharks and Raiders squads are listed below.

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Sharks is number 1 William Kennedy
    Fullback for Raiders is number 1 Adam Cook
  • Winger for Sharks is number 2 Nene Macdonald
    Winger for Raiders is number 2 Semi Valemei
  • Centre for Sharks is number 3 Mawene Hiroti
    Centre for Raiders is number 3 Matthew Timoko
  • Centre for Sharks is number 20 Bryson Goodwin
    Centre for Raiders is number 4 Harley Smith-Shields
  • Winger for Sharks is number 5 Ronaldo Mulitalo
    Winger for Raiders is number 5 Nick Cotric
  • Five-Eighth for Sharks is number 6 Wade Graham
    Five-Eighth for Raiders is number 6 Matt Frawley
  • Halfback for Sharks is number 7 Connor Tracey
    Halfback for Raiders is number 7 Sam Williams

Forwards

  • Prop for Sharks is number 8 Braden Hamlin-Uele
    Prop for Raiders is number 8 Dunamis Lui
  • Hooker for Sharks is number 19 Braydon Trindall
    Hooker for Raiders is number 9 Tom Starling
  • Prop for Sharks is number 10 Aaron Woods
    Prop for Raiders is number 10 Iosia Soliola
  • 2nd Row for Sharks is number 11 Briton Nikora
    2nd Row for Raiders is number 11 Hudson Young
  • 2nd Row for Sharks is number 17 Teig Wilton
    2nd Row for Raiders is number 12 Corey Harawira-Naera
  • Lock for Sharks is number 14 Scott Sorensen
    Lock for Raiders is number 13 Siliva Havili

Interchange

  • Interchange for Sharks is number 15 Jack Williams
    Interchange for Raiders is number 14 Kai O'Donnell
  • Interchange for Sharks is number 16 Andrew Fifita
    Interchange for Raiders is number 15 Ryan Sutton
  • Interchange for Sharks is number 18 Billy Magoulias
    Interchange for Raiders is number 16 Darby Medlyn
  • Interchange for Sharks is number 21 Daniel Vasquez
    Interchange for Raiders is number 17 Jarrett Subloo

Match Officials

  • Referee: Ashley Klein
  • Touch Judge: Todd Smith
  • Touch Judge: Phil Henderson
  • Senior Review Official: Jared Maxwell

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