BY DAN The 2018 Canberra Raiders are Aidan Sezer’s to control, if he wants to. He is 26, entering his prime, and is the prime ball-player in the absence of Josh Hodgson. 2018 may well define the man. The Raiders’ finals chances rely on Sezer taking the season by the scruff of the neck. There … More Aidan Sezer: Ready to take the leap?
BY DAN The Canberra Raiders lost 16-12 to the Canterbury Bulldogs. It was a hard-fought game in which the Raiders showed that work still must be done to overcome the deficits that 2017 left them with. Some progress has been made but major questions remain unanswered. The best news for the Raiders from this game … More Raiders (trial) Review: What did we learn?
BY DAN It has been reported by Jack Blyth over at Zero Tackle that the Raiders are considering Blake Austin as a potential fill-in at hooker for the injured Josh Hodgson. It represents a rebuke of the Raiders last minute recruitment following Hodgson’s injury. More importantly though, it engenders the question, can Austin actually play … More Can Blake Austin Play Hooker?
BY DAN You could hear the chants raining down from the stands. RAI-DERS! RAI-DERS! RAI-DERS! There was more than 25 thousand people chanting in unison. They weren’t imploring their side to win. They knew they were going to and they just wanted to make sure the players knew too. It was one of the coolest … More A Victory For the True Believers
BY DAN So last night I’m fiddling around the dark corners of rugby league internet at 11.45 because that’s what I do. Anyways I discovered Sam Williams Wikipedia entry has undergone what can only be described as some high quality editing from god knows who (although Geoff Keighley, I’m looking in your direction). Here is … More Sam Williams has the best Wikipedia entry
BY DAN 2018 is here. Yes I know that year went quickly. Yes I know were are getting old. As Jalen Rose says only Father Time is undefeated. Anyway, we’ve decided this year we’re going to be positive about life. While most New Years resolutions fall by the wayside by mid-January (and this one will … More 11 Bold Predictions for the Raiders in 2018
BY DAN AND HERMAN Melbourne: Tuesday. Day 1 of the Boxing Day test Australia finally wins a toss and Steve Smith decides to bat. From early on David Warner is faced with a field that includes a deep point. Joe Root employs this field to dry up the boundaries to Warner, and frustrate him into … More Funky Defensiveness: The Joe Root Doctrine
BY DAN Normally this time of year you’ll find plenty of opportunities to read about the year that was. Unfortunately 2017 was about as fun as passing a kidney stone for Raiders fans. You’ve heard that story for the best part of the year. The Raiders were meant to be contenders. They underperformed. Then like … More 7 Things For Raiders’ Fans To Look Forward To In 2018
BY DAN You may remember a classic episode of The Simpsons when Homer saves his town from destruction by avoiding a nuclear meltdown by effectively guessing which button to press. Homer is celebrated and venerated for his work, when deep down he knows that his lack of knowledge could have resulted in disaster. He performs … More Mythbusting: the NSP will be found out
BY DAN The National Rugby League has labelled complaints about the competition by professional talking head Waleed Aly as evidence he’s just a proper rugby league fan. “Complaining about the game is the god-given right of every rugby league fan. In fact, it’s about 80 per cent of the traffic to our website” an NRL … More Aly complaints show he’s a real fan: NRL