Josh Hodgson of the Raiders makes a break against the Sharks in round 22.
Josh Hodgson of the Raiders makes a break against the Sharks in round 22. CRAIG GOLDING

Raiders planning to increase the pressure on Panthers

CANBERRA is preparing for a finals-like clash with an in-form Penrith on Sunday afternoon, says hooker Josh Hodgson.

The Raiders are two wins outside the top eight, with games against the Panthers (home), Knights (home) and Storm to come.

The Panthers have strung together six wins on the trot but, sitting sixth and with a host of teams breathing down their necks, still can't afford to put a foot wrong.

"We know every game is important to us," Hodgson said.

"I'm sure Penrith are coming down here with that attitude as well.

"They know if they lose this game to us, it's going to be a tough run home for them as well because they're going to be chasing their tails."

The Raiders let slip a 20-12 lead over Penrith when they met in round 14, coughing up two converted tries in the final two minutes to lose 24-20.

"We've come a long way (since)," Hodgson said.

"Our composure was something we needed to work on earlier in the year, really knowing when to have a simple set and when to throw a little something aside.

"We've got that balance at the minute.

"We've started completing well and looking pretty composed, which is what you need at this time of year, and especially this week against Penrith."

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