The heat will be on Josh Dugan in attack - and with the boot - in their NRL elimination final against South Sydney on Saturday with the star fullback expected to take on goal-kicking duties in the absence of Jarrod Croker.
The Raiders' finals hopes were dealt a hammer blow on Monday with scans confirming they would be without the competition's leading points-scorer Croker, who sustained a fractured cheekbone in the 34-16 win over Cronulla.
Dugan is a more accomplished kicker than he showed in his three failed attempts at goal with Croker off the field in the second half against the Sharks.
The fullback was the third highest points-scorer in the 2008 under-20s competition which Canberra won, slotting 83 goals from 114 attempts.
He stepped up the following year for the Toyota Cup side to kick 24 of 38 shots before making his first-grade debut that year.
His coach David Furner, an outstanding goalkicker in his time with the Raiders, made it clear after the Sharks game who he thought would take the kicking tee against Souths.
"Actually Duges (Dugan) doesn't hit them too bad," Furner said.
"We've got a couple (kickers) - Reece (Robinson) and Duges and Crokes and Fergo (Blake Ferguson) - they all do kicking practice. We'll have to sort it out during the week."
The Raiders were hoping Croker had only suffered concussion from the accidental knee to the face from Sharks back-rower Jason Bukuya.
The Goulburn junior will meet with a surgeon on Tuesday with his return determined by the success of his pending operation.
A disappointed Furner backed his side to cope with the big loss.
"It's a huge blow for the team as Jarrod has been an integral part of our side this year," Furner said.
"Having said that, we have great depth in the club in our outside backs and have several possible replacements which we will decide on later in the week."
Croker's place at left centre is expected to be taken by former centre Joel Thompson, who will most likely be shifted from the back-row.
That could bolster Canberra's left edge defence with the giant Thompson to help out diminutive halfback Sam Williams on the fringes.