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Raiders must unleash physically if they are to derail the Roosters

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There will be tactical meetings of vital importance at Raiders HQ this week. And video sessions that will be picked apart to try and find even the slightest pixel of weakness among the ranks of the Roosters.

There will be discussions between the coaches and senior players on the best way to try and put the brakes on James Tedesco or thaw some of the ice-blood that pumps through the veins and arteries of Cooper Patrick Cronk.

Joe Tapine and the Raiders are more than capable of bringing the pain on Sunday.Credit:AAP

Ricky Stuart and his best minds will be turning over every stone in the game to try and give Canberra the best hope of upsetting the tri-colours and winning their first grand final since 1994, thus stopping the Roosters from going back-to-back in the process.

For any of that to happen, the Raiders need to do one thing better than any other side all season: give the Roosters the kind of physical mauling that they haven't seen in two seasons. While the Roosters have superstars falling out of their pockets like loose change, if anyone can rattle their cage, it's the combative foot soldiers of the Green Machine.

Cronk, Luke Keary, Tedesco and Latrell Mitchell are the beating heart of the Roosters attack and their........

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