The strict biosecurity measures in place for Canberra Stadium could be putting fans off snapping up tickets for the Canberra Raiders' first game in the ACT since round one.
About 70 per cent of 1500 tickets available were sold at the time of writing on Monday evening.
But as Raiders prop Sia Soliola said: "Any people that's our people is good people."
He said the whole squad were excited by the prospect of playing their first game at Canberra Stadium in almost four months.
Soliola was unconcerned there'd been a limit of 1500 put on the attendance, in a stadium that can hold 25,000.
The ACT government has introduced strict measures for the game, with fans unable to sit together - unless they're the guardians of a child under 12 or with a patron with special needs.
Fans can only sit in their allocated seats, which will be at least two seats away from anyone else - and have to remain there for the entire game.
No bags can be brought into the game.
"That's going to be a huge boost for us, knowing that we don't have to jump on a bus and drive to the game," Soliola said.
[Canberra Stadium] is a great place to be playing at. All the boys are craving [it].
"It doesn't matter whether it's Seiffert [Oval] or [Canberra Stadium] - it's the tradition of what it stands for and what was before us. That's what it means."
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Raiders halfback George Williams was also excited about his chance to play just his second game at Canberra Stadium - having only joined the Green Machine in the off-season.
But he'll have to do so with the after effects of a broken nose he suffered against Parramatta.
He's played a majority of his home games at Campbelltown Stadium following the coronavirus-induced lockdown.
The England international is part of a Raiders right-edge that's struggling to find its mojo.
They've conceded nine of the 16 tries Canberra has let in, while only scoring six of the 22 they've run in.
They're a fairly new combination, with Williams in his first season in the NRL.
Raiders right centre Curtis Scott has been under fire for his performances since shifting from the Melbourne Storm during the pre-season.
Williams was hopeful their hard work would pay off against the Dragons.
"Of course, we're working really, really hard. Hudson [Young]'s new to the team, me and Curtis have never payed together," he said.
"Then we've had [Jordan Rapana] and Nick [Cotric] on the wing so it's been a bit of mix and match.
"We're testing the combinations, we're working as hard as anyone to get that right and hopefully it will click pretty soon."
While the Raiders have been struggling with their mojo, Soliola said the Dragons were finding theirs.
They've won two of their past three games - with the loss a more resilient effort against reigning premier Sydney Roosters.
The Dragons have also won five of their past seven clashes against the Green Machine since ending a nine-game losing streak against them.
Soliola said the opening 20 minutes were a big focus, having struggled with their start against the Eels, Manly and Newcastle in recent rounds.
"They looked really sharp on the weekend and it looks like they're starting to get a bit of their mojo back," Soliola said.
"They're the tough ones you know. We're definitely going to have to address our start because that will create a platform for the game."
NRL ROUND EIGHT
Friday: Canberra Raiders v St George Illawarra Dragons at Canberra Stadium, 6pm.