Rapana is for and against repeat of golden try

Canberra Raiders flyer Jordan Rapana is both for and against a repeat of his stunning golden try against the Newcastle Knights.

On the one hand he'll use the freak four-pointer as inspiration going into the Green Machine's crucial clash against the banana-skin Knights at Canberra Stadium on Friday night.

But on the other he thinks points differential could be crucial for the Raiders' faint finals hopes so he doesn't want the game to be so close it goes to extra-time.

The Knights have been something of a bogey team for Canberra over the last two seasons - beating them earlier this campaign and forcing them beyond 80 minutes twice last year.

Once it finished a draw in Newcastle, but then on the Canberra leg it was Rapana's try in extra time that separated the teams.

A Blake Austin field-goal attempt sailed wide of the goal posts, but bounced perfectly for a charging Rapana to turn into a try.

"I'd love to use that as a spark, but to be honest hopefully we can get a few more points than in that game because I think with for-and-against we need to put some points on the board," Rapana said.

"I always try to look back on scenarios like that, it definitely gives me some personal motivation and confidence."

The Raiders' 26-22 loss to Penrith on Sunday means now they have to win both their remaining games and also rely on St George Illawarra, Manly and North Queensland losing to make the eight.

Even then it will come down to points differential.

But Rapana said the Green Machine would still be "fired up" and wouldn't take the Knights lightly - something Raiders second-rower Josh Papalii felt they'd been guilty of in the past.

"We're obviously disappointed with our loss last week, but there's still a bit of positivity there," he said.

"We have to rely on other teams to lose now so for us we just need to make sure we finish the season strong and hope for the best.

"We'd love to be in a better position than we are, but two more games and I think the boys will be fired up for that.

"Newcastle are a dangerous team and you can't take them lightly, so we've got to be prepared."


Friday: Canberra Raiders v Newcastle Knights at Canberra Stadium, 6pm. Tickets available from Ticketek.

Raiders: 1. Jack Wighton, 2. Nick Cotric, 3. Jarrod Croker (c), 4. Joey Leilua, 5. Jordan Rapana, 6. Blake Austin, 7. Aidan Sezer, 8. Junior Paulo, 9. Josh Hodgson, 10. Shannon Boyd, 11. Josh Papalii, 12. Joe Tapine, 13. Elliott Whitehead. Interchange: 14. Kurt Baptiste, 15. Clay Priest, 16. Dave Taylor, 17. Luke Bateman. Reserves: 18. Jeff Lima, 19. Erin Clark, 20. Royce Hunt, 21. Michael Oldfield.

Knights: 1. Nathan Ross, 2. Ken Sio, 3. Dane Gagai, 4. Peter Mata'utia, 5. Shaun Kenny-Dowall, 6. Jack Cogger, 7. Trent Hodkinson, 8. Daniel Saifiti, 9. Daniel Levi, 10. Josh King, 11. Lachlan Fitzgibbon, 12. Jamie Buhrer, 13. Mitch Barnett. Interchange: 14. Joe Wardle, 15. Mickey Paea, 16. Sam Stone, 17. Jacob Saifiti. Reserves: 18. Brendan Elliot, 19. Pat Mata'utia, 20. Jaelen Feeney, 21. Jack Stockwell.

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