It wouldn't be a real Roosters game day if Trent Robinson didn't make a couple of late changes.
The master coach has moved Angus Crichton to the bench in place of Mitch Aubusson.
Mitch Aubusson will start for the Roosters.Credit:NRL Photos
Lindsay Collins is out due to a groin complaint. Nat Butcher will start in his place.
There are a couple of changes for Canberra, too.
Hudson Young will start in place of Sia Soliola and Siliva Havili will run on in place of Tom Starling.
Like it or not, Ben Cummins was the story of last year's grand final.
His infamous 'six again' call cost Canberra dearly.
Ben Cummins: “I was in a dark place after the grand final. Being ashamed of your performance, there’s not a lot of people you want to talk to.”Credit:Louise Kennerley
While the Raiders hold no grudges, this terrific piece from Andrew Webster with Cummins explores how much of a toll it took on the whistle blower’s life.
Canberra fans have been starved of premiership glory since 1994.
They were as close as you could come to ending the drought last year, only to lose in heartbreaking fashion at the final hurdle to their opponents tonight.
Roosters coach Trent Robinson and Raiders coach Ricky Stuart chat after last year’s grand final.Credit:Getty Images
This is their chance for revenge – the chance to end the Roosters' dreams of a third consecutive premiership.
The Roosters have played about 30 good minutes in their last 160.
They were trounced 60-8 by Souths a fortnight ago and after starting fast last week against minor premiers Penrith in the qualifying final, they allowed a steady flood of points before lifting off the canvas and nearly snatching a stunning win.
If it's the Roosters which nearly upset Penrith last wek, they should take care of the Raiders.
If not, Canberra could have some sweet revenge against the team which caused them grand final heartbreak this time last year.
After four clashes to whet the appetite last week, the main course is set to be served tonight.
The Roosters host the Raiders at the SCG. Win and earn the right to face the Storm in a preliminary final. Lose and it's curtains for season 2020.
Sam Phillips here in the chair for tonight's blog.
Keep it tuned to this page for instant updates, highlights, reaction and everything in between.
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