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August 22, 2014 13:28:29 UK

Terry Campese has been backed to shrug off being dropped by the Raiders.

Centre Jarrod Croker believes captain Terry Campese will take it on the chin after being dropped by Canberra Raiders.

Campese will play in the NSW Cup for Mounties at the weekend, while the Raiders, who are 1.68, play their season-defining match against Cronulla at Remondis Stadium.

Coach Ricky Stuart has decided not to bring back the five-eighth against the Sharks, although he is available after missing the past two games with injury.

Canberra and the Sharks are joint-bottom of the NRL ladder with just five wins in their 21 games, and whoever wins on Saturday will probably avoid the wooden spoon.

We all know what sort of bloke Campo is. He’s not going to sit down with his head between his knees and sulk.

Jarrod Croker

Campese is not having the best of seasons, running on average just 2.6 times each game for a modest 16 metres.

Croker says his teammate will be able to get his confidence back, and respond positively to his demotion.

“We all know what sort of bloke Campo is,” the centre said. “He’s not going to sit down with his head between his knees and sulk.

“He’ll go out there and play his game and get his confidence back, which I know he can. I’ve got faith in him. I hope he goes out there and plays his best footy.”

The Raiders will be without fullback Jordan Rapana (fractured skull) against Cronulla, with Jack Wighton his chosen replacement. Jeremy Hawkins will make his NRL debut in the centres, while Kyle O’Donnell is back in place of Brett White (hamstring).

The Sharks, who ae 1.93 with a 2.5-points start, have Anthony Tupou back from a hamstring injury, though Tinirau Arona is ruled out. They will have Tupou Sopoaga coming off the bench, and potential debutant Sione Masima is 18th man.

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