BY DAN The Canberra Raiders 26-22 over the Brisbane Broncos victory was measured, calm and resilient. It was everything that 2018 was not. In the face of a fast-finishing Broncos side they stood up and made a statement that they are to be taken seriously in 2019. Part of what makes this victory so incredible … More Raiders Review: The Statement
BY DAN In a wonderful piece for Today’s Tale, Sam Perry did an excellent job of ‘trendspotting’, pointing out that the era of the block play was perhaps on its way out. Before we get going. Read the piece. Please. I’ll wait here. What’s the block play? Well as Sam aptly describes it: “This play, … More The death of the block play?
BY DAN The Canberra Raiders 19-0 victory over Parramatta was yet another hard-nosed performance. Against an opposition that underwhelmed they attacked through the middle, kicked to the corners, and defended like hell. This was meant to be a big test for the Raiders, but they barely felt troubled. Before we spend the next few hundred … More Raiders Review: The Recipe.
BY DAN So Sunday night games hey? Waiting the whole weekend for footy is not ideal. So here’s some random thoughts to tide you over until six o’clock. 1. BJ has been great this year (and others) I get it. BJ gives away some dumb penalties, and occasionally he tries stuff on offence he probably … More 5 Bonus Things We Think
BY DAN The Canberra Raiders dispatched the North Queensland Cowboys 30-12 in a scrappy, but well earned victory. The Green Machine won because of the efforts of their back five, another very good display from Josh Hodgson, and a defence that is definitely decent, and maybe even good. The Raiders made it closer than it … More Raiders Review: The Foundation
BY DAN CANBERRA: Reports have emerged from Raiders HQ that John Bateman’s sweat is nearing TGA approval as a cure for what ails you. Testing begun earlier this year has revealed that Bateman’s sweat contains compounds of ‘what’s good for you’ mixed with ‘get that up ya’. When combined these have been shown to introduce … More Bateman’s sweat nears TGA approval as cure all
BY DAN The Canberra Raiders 17-10 victory over the Newcastle Knights was another victory for the club’s decision to go small. The Green Machine’s forwards faced down a much bigger pack and owned them. They could have won by twenty if they could find a way to connect the success of their forwards to freedom … More Raiders Review: Forward March
BY DAN The Raiders received a bit of bad news on Thursday night, with halfback Aidan Sezer being ruled out. Sam Williams will take his place, and that will have ramifications for the Knights game. Oddly many Raiders’ fans rejoiced. Some even suggested the injury was a smokescreen for him being dropped in favour of … More The Focus On Seven
BY DAN The Canberra Raiders 22-10 loss to the Melbourne Storm was heartening. When you play the Storm there is no hiding. Your strengths and weaknesses are laid bare for all to see. This showed us the Green Machine’s defensive gains from 2018 are real, and the mobile forward pack is capable of competing with … More Raiders Review: A Heartening Loss
BY DAN The Canberra Raiders 21-0 victory over the Gold Coast Titans was hard-earned and heartening. The Green Machine just might have learnt the lessons of 2018. Not everything was perfect – this is round one after all – but this performance is a marked step up from the standard of 2018. Just how far … More Raiders Review: A Vast Improvement