BY DAN Repeated poor performances and atrocious crowds are leading NRL executives to consider removing the competition’s presence from Sydney. After only 28,000 people turned out to Saturday’s preliminary final at Alliance stadium, there is pressure for the NRL to focus its efforts on its more traditional support areas like Townsville, Leeton and Melbourne. One … More NRL to give up on Sydney ‘experiment’
Part 1 of our 2017 Season Review outlined that the Raiders had not met expectations in 2017. Further, they had not even reached their potential win expectation. We continue our Season Review with Part 2 in which we seek to understand what went wrong. FYI – it’s not a happy read. If you need to … More Raiders 2017 Review Part 2: Insidious Ill-Discipline
BY DAN When you climb the mountain again, you still have to start at the bottom The Raiders started 2017 as one of the select group considered likely to be playing in the last weekend in September. A top 4 finish was considered almost inevitable by most commentators. The Raiders had achieved so much in … More Raiders 2017 Review Part I: Failure and Expectations
BY DAN AND BEN Todd Greenberg has expressed sincere thanks to his refereeing crew for ensuring there was plenty to talk about after all the National Rugby League (NRL) finals series’ games came to thrilling conclusions. Related Content: NRL Finals: A fans frustration Flanagan: Refs to blame for me forgetting to take the bins out … More NRL: Refs to thank for thrilling first week of finals
BY DAN Jarryd Hayne and Robbie Farah are about to start a new business expected to help fans get rid of hard-to-remove and unwanted coaches. In an announcement this week, ‘Coachbusters’ is expected to specialise in helping Rugby League fans get rid of even the most pesky of coaches. Do…Re…..Robbie! “Jarryd and I just thought … More Coachbusters! Hayne and Farah’s New Business
BY DAN The Canberra Raiders 32-6 loss to the Melbourne Storm was an infuriating and desperate mess of spoiled seasons and unmet hopes. The Raiders flailed, first in hope and then in frustration against a side superior to it in every facet. Too impatient to succeed with Plan A, the Raiders instead jumped straight to … More Raiders Review: A Fitting End
BY DAN The Canberra Raiders ran roughshod over the Newcastle Knights 46-28 on Friday night. The ease with which they dispatched the Knights was at time cathartic – the Knights seemed flummoxed in the face of Raiders attack both in the middle and on the fringes. But in their weaker moments the Raiders belied a … More Raiders Review: Catharsis in the Cold?
BY DAN The Canberra Raiders season came to a fitting end in their 26-22 loss to the Penrith Panthers. Despite showing glimpses of their best throughout the game, they were unable to find a way to finish a close game. Their forwards dominated the ruck and made more metres than their counterparts. The halves were … More Raiders Review: Missing the Moments
BY DAN The Canberra Raiders 36-16 victory over the New Zealand Warriors was exactly what you would expect of a markedly superior side. Despite facing a surprisingly disciplined Warriors side, the Raiders scored points at regular intervals, and handled the Warriors attack with relative ease, even given periods of substantial shortfall in possession. The Raiders … More Raiders Review: Too Little, Too Late, Too Easy.
BY DAN The Canberra Raiders 30-12 victory over the Cronulla Sharks was as perfect as it was baffling. Where has this been all season? The forwards faced a willing and capable foe and dispatched them with ease. Josh Hodgson took every inch of space offered and turned it into a mile. All this unleashed a … More Raiders Review: Breathe It In