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
BY DAN The Canberra Raiders have no one to blame but themselves for their 13-12 loss to the Brisbane Broncos. Many may look to the injury to Josh Hodgson, or the borderline incompetent scheduling, but the real enemy was in green last night. Poor last tackle options and astoundingly poor handling undermined their efforts in … More Raiders Review: Own Worst Enemy?
BY DAN The Canberra Raiders 46-6 victory over the Wests Tigers was not perfect. In fact the Tigers helped as much as hindered the Raiders march to victory. While the errors of previous weeks remained with the Raiders, the side they faced was unable to capitalise. Instead the Raiders found their groove on the back … More Raiders Review: Capable Of More?
BY DAN The Canberra Raiders 42-16 loss to the Cronulla Sharks was largely of their own making. Their most reliable players dropped the ball. Their most experienced players gave away needless penalties. Their most creative players failed to play direct. And in between their forwards were monstered by one of the best packs in the … More Raiders Review: Panic Stations?
BY DAN If one was harbouring any concerns that the Canberra Raiders were not a premiership contender it was dispelled in their 20-16 golden point loss to the North Queensland Cowboys. The Raiders showed critical factors in their rise last year have carried over to 2017, and in some cases have improved. The Raiders did … More Raiders Review: The Real Deal?
BY DAN NFL Executive Mike Lombardi likes to say it’s harder to climb the mountain the second time. This somewhat obtuse saying is meant to outline that teams tend to think they can start the previous season where they finished. That the playoffs are already guaranteed and that the real challenge will come later in … More The Obstacles to the Premiership