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Raiders edgy about Roosters' NRL fireworks

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 25/05/2017 Matt Coughlan

Jarrod Croker. © Mark Nolan/Getty Images Jarrod Croker. While State of Origin has robbed this weekend's NRL matches of star power, there should be no shortage of fireworks in the battle between Canberra's right edge and the Sydney Roosters' left side.

The Raiders' right-side pair of winger Jordan Rapana and centre Joey Leilua are set for a showdown with Roosters centre Daniel Tupou and young winger Latrell Mitchell in Sunday's match at GIO Stadium.

Canberra captain Jarrod Croker will be watching the battle keenly from the opposite side of the field.

"Latrell and Daniel have been playing some really good football," Croker said.

"I think (Tupou) was pretty close to playing for NSW again and Latrell's obviously a bit of a star of the future.

"And 'Leipana' is over there as well, so that'll be an exciting match up. Hopefully we're on the good end of it."

Tupou and Mitchell carved up Canterbury last week, with two line-breaks and one try apiece.

After a few quiet weeks, Leilua and Rapana fired up against Parramatta with the latter's match-winning try taking his season tally to a competition-leading nine.

While they didn't quite recapture the scintillating form they showed in the first seven rounds, the duo's improvement suggested they could create more defensive nightmares for their rivals.

Meanwhile, Croker and exciting teenager Nick Cotric will be pitted against Joseph Manu and Mitchell Aubusson, who switches to the backline with Blake Ferguson on NSW duty.

"Makes our edge look a little bit quiet doesn't it?" Croker said.

Aside from Ferguson, the Tri-colours will be without playmaker Mitchell Pearce, prop Dylan Napa and fellow forwards Aidan Guerra and Boyd Cordner.

Croker says the Roosters still have plenty of threats.

"They've got plenty of depth in Jake Friend, Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, Mitch Aubusson, Luke Keary - the names there are still class players," Croker said.

"We're definitely not taking anything for granted."

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