BY DAN Previous Round The Canberra Raiders 18-14 victory over the St George-Illawarra Dragons was a testament to perseverance. It wasn’t pretty but it didn’t need to be. It wasn’t clinical but it hasn’t been this season. The Raiders spent much of the game searching for direction, unable to find momentum in sets, connection in … More Raiders Review: A Testament to Perseverance
BY DAN Queensland defeated New South Wales 22-6 in a surprisingly one-sided end to the 2017 State of Origin Series. The startlingly even contest in the forwards, and the brilliance of the Queensland spine were the deciding factors. Instead of being the start of a new era that many considered this game threatened to represent, … More Rep Review: The Last Moment of Greatness?
BY DAN The Canberra Raiders are not strangers to this situation. To get into a position to snag the last spot in the finals they’ll need to win at least six of their last eight matches. That doesn’t sound too hard until you realise that includes home-and-away against the premiership favourite Melbourne Storm and a … More 5 Things To Fix the Raiders
BY DAN Previous Round Following Round The Canberra Raiders lost 31-18 on Saturday. On this occasion it was to the North Queensland Cowboys. But from the way they were beaten – by a forward pack they couldn’t contain, repeat sets they couldn’t prevent, and points they couldn’t find a way to score – it could have … More Raiders Review: A Familiar Story?
BY DAN Previous Round Following Round The Canberra Raiders year of inconsistency rolled on against the Brisbane Broncos in their 30-20 loss. For periods they looked better than they had in months, but disconnects and poor strategy across the spine, some disastrous decisions in defence, and poor line speed meant the Raiders found yet another … More Raiders Review: Consistent Inconsistency
BY DAN Queensland beat New South Wales 18-16 in the second State of Origin game on Wednesday but had no right to. The gap between the two forward packs was such that Queensland should not have been able to recover. The fact that Jonathon Thurston was playing with what was clearly a dud shoulder should … More Rep Review: Winning the Unwinnable
BY DAN AND HERMAN The Canberra Raiders are the unluckiest team in Rugby League. Anyone that has paid attention to this season would undoubtedly be aware of that fact. Six of their losses have been by a try or less. They’ve lost three games in golden point. One of those the ball hit the underside … More The Canberra Raiders Are Unlucky
BY DAN Previous Round Following Round If the Raiders 24-20 loss to the Penrith Panthers isn’t rock bottom then I don’t want to be around when they get there. The Raiders were awful for good chunks of the game, found their mojo for a period in the second half and then collapsed in four minutes … More Raiders Review: Welcome To Rock Bottom
BY DAN Previous Round Following Round The Canberra Raiders lost 21-20 in golden point for the second time this season to the Manly Sea-Eagles. It was the epitome of a moral victory. Manhandled in the middle the shorthanded Raiders clawed their way back from a 14 point halftime deficit, only to fall short in golden … More Raiders Review: Hot Blood And Failure
BY DAN New South Wales beat Queensland 28-4 in the first game of the 2017 State of Origin series with a straightforward formula: smash them in the middle, and play flat and direct through the halves. It’s something they should have been doing for years. For this game it worked and it has set them … More Rep Review: Putting It All Together.