BY DAN To say the Canberra Raiders did just enough in their 24-16 victory over a weakened Sydney Roosters is an understatement. This was heart-in-the-mouth, food-from-the-stomach stuff. While the Raiders showed many positives in the first half, they allowed the Roosters to stay in the match until they almost stole the game. Standing back from the … More Raiders Review: Can You Call That A Victory?
BY DAN They say a fool and his money are soon parted. Cricket Australia is hoping to get its hands on some money in the future. The always profitable Ashes series is coming, and in the next couple of years, Cricket Australia going to make a lot of money from selling the rights to the Big … More A Fool And His Money
BY DAN There will be a temptation to say the Canberra Raiders’ 22-16 victory over the Parramatta Eels is evidence that they are back on track. A closer look at the game should bring pause to any claiming that. The Raiders were much better this game, more often than they were bad. They were far from … More Raiders Review: Sweet Relief
BY DAN Any hope that the Raiders recent form was ‘just a blip’ dissipated during their 34-20 loss to the Newcastle Knights on Sunday. Out-hustled and out-thought, the Raiders more-talented side could not overcome the wide gap in effort and execution. The same problems that have been exploited by other sides this season were targeted … More Raiders Review: Mothers Day Debacle
BY DAN The Canberra Raiders played the worst game of the season in their 16-10 loss to the Canterbury Bulldogs. They were ill disciplined, directionless and uninspired in their football. The only thing the Raiders have going for them right now is the talent in the squad, and the time remaining in the season to … More Raiders Review: Rock Bottom?
BY DAN Friday’s 20-18 loss to the Manly Sea-Eagles was a microcosm of the Canberra Raiders 2017 season. Despite there being plenty to like – the play of Josh Papalii, the goal-line defence, the kicking game and the god-like existence of Jordan Rapana – the Raiders continue to exist at a not-quite-hitting-their-straps level. The flaws … More Raiders Review: How To Fix A Broken Heart
BY DAN The Canberra Raiders 20-8 victory over the New Zealand Warriors was not easy. There were none of the cheap metres and points of the last two weeks. Rather the Raiders built a victory on the dominant performance of its forward pack, excellent goal-line defence and occasional backline brilliance. This was the kind of hard-fought game the … More Raiders Review: A Promising Sign?
BY DAN It’s hard to say the Canberra Raiders played well in their 42-16 victory over the Gold Coast Titans. The game never required it. Instead the Raiders were confronted with a side demoralised by injury and incapable of basic defensive reads. 42 of the easiest points later and the Raiders may have earned a … More Raiders Review: What did we learn?
BY DAN In the Canberra Raiders 30-18 victory over the Parramatta Eels we got to see why they are premiership contenders this year. Outside of what was an arm-wrestle for 60 minutes, the Raiders and Eels traded periods of domination. In between we learned that the Raiders are more resilient this year, just as dynamic, but still … More Raiders Review: Diamonds and Dust
BY ROB There is only one thing the Raiders need concern themselves with this week – ball control. Gone are the days when a player could carry a ball safe in the knowledge that a loss of control in a two man tackle would more than likely lead to a penalty for stripping. Referees … More Raiders Rumble! Raiders v Eels Rd 5 Preview