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Game day guide: Round 7 v Raiders

The St George Illawarra Dragons will face the Canberra Raiders at GIO Stadium on Sunday, April 16th. This is your Round 7 game guide.

Changing gears

Coach Anthony Griffin was forced to make two changes to the squad this week following last week's match.

Mikaele Ravalawa (hamstring) will miss around three matches giving veteran Tautau Moga his first appearance of 2023. Francis Molo is serving a three-game ban for a high shot and is replaced by Zane Musgrove.

Key timings

Gates open: 11.15am
KOE Cup - Dragons v Raiders: 11.30am
NRL: 2pm
Where: GIO Stadium, Canberra
Watch: Kayo and Foxtel

Big ins for the green machine

The Raiders receive a massive boost this week with three big-name stars returning for the Canberra side.

Jack Wighton (suspension), Nick Cotric (hamstring) and Joe Tapine (birth of first child) are all set to return to the field this week in what is sure to put a smile on Ricky Stuart's face. 

A good omen 

Stats don't lie and Dragons fans will have something to cheer about after reading this. 

The Dragons have won 11 of their last 13 matches played the round immediately before their annual Anzac Day Cup clash with Sydney Roosters. Their only two losses in those Anzac Day Cup lead up matches, since 2009, were both to the Warriors (in 2018 and 2021).

Amone loves a Canberra pie 

Four in three, that's how many tries Talatau Amone has scored against the Raiders across his short but exciting career.

Highlighted by a hat trick in our last encounter with the Raiders, which coincidently, was also at GIO Stadium at 2pm on a Sunday in April. Can Amone repeat his magic? You'll have to watch to find out.

Merch van invades Canberra 

If you're heading down the highway to GIO Stadium on Sunday, keep an eye out for the Dragons merch van! The van will only be at GIO Stadium until NRL kick-off so take your chance to load up on Red V gear.

Acknowledgement of Country

St George Illawarra Dragons respect and honour the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders peoples, where our games are played, our programs are conducted and in the communities we support.

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