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Stuart could rest Raiders stars

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 28/08/2016 James MacSmith

Coach Ricky Stuart will likely rest some of Canberra's stars in their final game of the NRL regular season, if the Raiders can't improve their ladder position.

If Cronulla defeat Melbourne in the minor premiership showdown on Saturday night, Canberra can't move above third in the NRL ladder, even if they defeat Wests Tigers in their round 26 clash.

If that scenario ensues, Stuart told Triple M on Sunday he will look to give some of his players a break before the finals start.

"If I think it's important to rest players for the bigger picture of the competition I will," Stuart said.

"But that will come down to our high performance staff and the individual's opinion as well.

"I have got a few blokes there that are a little bit busted and I certainly will use a week off to rest them if it's needed."

Aidan Sezer suffered a minor shoulder injury in Saturday's win over Manly and is one player Stuart would likely rest.

Such a scenario would give the Tigers the chance to claim an unlikely finals berth after their come-from-behind win over the Warriors in Auckland on Sunday.

However the Tigers need North Queensland to defeat Gold Coast on Saturday night in Townsville and then beat the Raiders at Leichhardt Oval on Sunday to earn the eighth finals spot.

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