BY DAN Sometimes it’s nice to win the close ones. It’d be nicer if it ‘mattered’, but the Canberra Raiders’ 22-20 victory of the Parramatta Eels was a solid outing to start their 2019 campaign, mixed with a spectacular end. Let’s start with the obvious. Results of trials don’t matter. So many people took the … More Raiders (trial) Review: The Solid and the Spectacular
BY DAN It’s a truism if Rugby League that the key to success is the skill and stability of the spine. The forwards lay the platform, the backs provide the excitement, but the spine is named as such because it connects all the parts. Talent is critical at these positions; but talent still needs time … More Spinal Fracture
BY DAN The impending move of Jack Wighton from the back-house to the showroom solves one Raiders headache but creates another. Who back-fills for Wighton? Canberra doesn’t seem sure (or at least isn’t telling). The Raiders have few options, none of which are perfect. It should surprise no one that the best choice is Nic … More Solving for One
BY DAN We’ve written a lot recently on the challenge facing the Raiders in moving Wighton to the halves (as reported in the Daily Telegraph, and also by Nic Cotric). After only recently mastering the fullback position, it requires the young man transition to a even harder position with a different set of challenges. It’s a … More How Wighton Works
BY DAN When the Raiders announced that they were moving fullback Jack Wighton to the halves it predictably set off a round of takes. We were not immune. This is potentially the last throw of the dice of the Stuart regime. It’s a lot of pressure on Wighton – his success may mean more than … More Wighton A Six: Stuart’s Last Roll?
BY DAN “Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far it is possible to go.” — my dude T.S. Eliot The fever dream of many a Raiders fan will become real when Jack Wighton returns from suspension. Instead of returning as custodian, the Daily Telegraph has reported that Jack Wighton will … More The Big Risk: Wighton to Six
BY DAN Australian cricket is in a perilous situation. Not just because it’s captain, vice-captain and another player were suspended for sandpapering the ball (as well as possibly the most incompetent cover up since Watergate). Not just because it lost a test series at home to India for the first time in 71 years. But … More A Matter Of Trust
BY DAN Throughout summer a rumour has persisted on social media that Dylan Edwards might be making his way to the Canberra Raiders. It’s not yet at the level where actual journalists feel compelled to write about it, but people I respect have whispered about it so often I feel I must address it. The … More The Appeal of Dylan Edwards
BY DAN Sometimes you see an idea so tremendously wrong that it makes you do a double take. In an attempt to solve the problem of an injured Jordan Rapana, “resident NRL.com expert” Jamie Soward came up with such an idea. Jack Wighton to the wing. The offending paragraph Jack’s best position is something that … More Is Wighton A Winger? Is Soward an Expert?
BY DAN The Canberra Raiders have had a rough couple of years. After 2016 provided us a sign of what was possible, 2017 and 2018 instead showed us what was likely. 2nd (and spiritual winner of 2016)* became 10th and 10th again as a mixture of injuries, defensive ineptitude and bad luck (so regular it … More 19 Things To Look Forward to in 2019