A Brief Summary of the 2015 Raiders season

BY ROB

Round 1 – Win over Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks. The Raiders opened their 2015 account with a somewhat scrappy win over the Sharks 24-20 at Remondis Stadium.

Round 2 – Loss to New Zealand Warriors. The Raiders went down to the Warriors 18-6 at home, now renamed GIO Stadium.

Round 3 – Loss to St George – Illawarra Dragons. The Raiders bombed a healthy lead to let the Dragons continue to bend the hoodoo the other way, 22-20 at GIO Stadium.

Round 4 – Loss to Sydney Roosters. The Raiders copped a shellacking from the Roosters, going down 34-6 at Allianz Stadium.

Round 5 – Win over Manly Sea Eagles. The Raiders rebounded and sprung an attacking ambush on the struggling Sea Eagles, winning 29-16 at Lavington Sports Ground in Albury.

Round 6 – Loss to Melbourne Storm. The Raiders went with the Storm in a grinding match before being undone late in the game, losing 14-10 at GIO Stadium.

Round 7 – Win over Wests Tigers. The Raiders produced a record comeback over the Tigers, downing them 30-22 after trailing 22-0 in the opening 25 minutes at Leichardt Oval.

Round 8 – Win over South Sydney Rabbitohs. The Raiders backed up their win over the Tigers by producing a second chase down, this time claiming the reigning premiers as their victims, going 30-22 for two weeks in a row, in warm conditions at Barlow Park.

Round 9 – Win over Gold Coast Titans. The Raiders continued their winning ways, thrashing the Titans 56-16 at GIO Stadium.

Round 10 – Loss to St George – Illawarra Dragons. The Raiders went down to the Dragons for the second time, losing 32-18 in an exciting match at WIN Stadium.

Round 11 – Loss to Canterbury – Bankstown Bulldogs. The Raiders allowed the Bulldogs to thrive early, and despite a late charge were unable to rein them in, going down 41-34 at GIO Stadium.

Round 12 – Loss to Brisbane Broncos. The Raiders took yet another home turf hit when they went down to the Broncos 24-12, at GIO Stadium.

Round 13 – Win over Newcastle Knights. The Raiders had a road rebound when they travelled to Newcastle to trounce the Knights 44-22, claiming victory at hunter Stadium.

Round 14 – BYE.

Round 15 – Loss to North Queensland Cowboys. The Raiders ultimately fell to the Cowboys in golden point, but not before providing one of the best efforts of the year, the final score being 21-20, at GIO Stadium.

Round 16 – Loss to New Zealand Warriors. The Raiders took the hop across the ditch, only to fall against the Warriors 30-8, at Mt Smart Stadium.

Round 17 – BYE.

Round 18 – Win over Newcastle Knights. The Raiders faced the Knights again, this time downing them 36-22 at GIO Stadium.

Round 19 – Loss to Cronulla – Sutherland Sharks. The Raiders home nightmare resumed its run, with a golden point loss to the Sharks 21-20, at GIO Stadium.

Round 20 – Win over Penrith Panthers. The Raiders headed up the highway to claim the Panthers pelt, beating them 34-24 at Pepper Stadium.

Round 21 – Loss to North Queensland Cowboys. The Raiders bolted early with a huge lead over the Cowboys, only to be chased down and beaten 32-24, at 1300 SMILES Stadium.

Round 22 – Loss to Wests Tigers. The Raiders suffered yet another narrow home loss, going down to the Tigers 20-18 at GIO Stadium.

Round 23 – Loss to Manly Sea Eagles. Yet another painful home game with the Raiders coming out worse off after they chased down the Sea Eagles and took the lead, only to be denied in the final minute 26-24, at GIO Stadium.

Round 24 – Loss to Gold Coast Titans. The Raiders went down to the Titans 28-12 at Cbus Stadium.

Round 25 – Win over Penrith Panthers. The Raiders hosted the Panthers and beat them for the second time, winning 34-18 at GIO Stadium.

Round 26 – Win over Parramatta Eels. The Raiders finally overcame their close-game woes to snatch victory from the Eels, winning 28-24 at Pirtek Stadium.

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