BY DAN The Canberra Raiders 30-28 loss to the Newcastle Knights was another frustrating loss in a close match. Much like last week there were several performances that should give Raiders fans heart. But this game also revealed substantial structural issues in the Raiders spine that, if unaddressed, will leave the Raiders looking up at … More Raiders Review: Time to Tinker?
BY DAN You could be forgiven for thinking Aidan Sezer’s foray into the number 9 jersey (figuratively of course) looked underdone during Sunday night’s loss to the Gold Coast Titans. Just how under-prepared would surprise most Raiders’ fans though, with the star revealing that he’d only been training in the position for two weeks. I … More Ideas don’t happen overnight, but they do happen…eventually.
BY ROB The Raiders return from their first round loss to face a reborn Newcastle team at GIO. After the malaise of the second half against the Titans, the Green Machine will be looking to lay down a solid 80 minute display. Several players were found wanting in that second stanza, and Dan has already … More Raiders Rumble! Raiders v Knights Round 2 Preview
BY DAN The Canberra Raiders started their 2018 campaign with a heart-wrenching 30-28 loss to the Gold Coast Titans. The Raiders showed the painful lessons of 2017 hadn’t been learned, with defensive errors, poor handling and some odd rotation decisions by coach Stuart ending in a painful loss. But there were enough good signs to … More Raiders Review: A Painful but Positive Start.
BY DAN Ricky Stuart’s time coaching the Raiders has been in most people’s eyes an unquestionable success. After bottoming out in 2014, the side improved markedly through 2015 and 2016. A aborted run in 2017 and an injured superstar have left some (ok, me) wondering what Stuart can extract from this side in 2018. Is … More The test of a man: the important Ricky Stuart’s 2018
BY ROB The summer weather is slowly fading away, the cool night winds bringing a new season to Canberra. Which means it’s time for the NRL season to start. The Raiders began their 2017/18 off-season in the worst possible way, with star hooker Josh Hodgson damaging his ACL during a very pointless world cup game. … More Raiders Rumble! Raiders v Titans Round 1 Preview
BY ROB In the pantheon of Rugby League Season launch ads there are some classic campaigns at the top, and some deadest blunders at the bottom. Some campaigns fell foul of poorly timed indiscretions from star players, while others failed to fire due to poor choices in music. The NRLs decision to launch 2018 with … More This Is How You League?
BY DAN The rumour that the Raiders are going to sign Robbie Farah should be very worrying. When Josh Hodgson went down in the World Cup last year the Canberra Raiders were looking everywhere for help filling his role. They settled on Siliva Havili and Craig Garvey, with potentially a smattering of Aidan Sezer. There … More Robbie Rumoured to the Raiders: Is this what it has come to?
BY DAN 2018 will be a challenge for the Canberra Raiders. Faced with a competitive competition and a critical injury the Green Machine will have to eke every inch of success out of their play to make the finals. Can they maximise their potential and put themselves in a position to play finals footy? Make … More Raiders Preview: The Six Big Questions
BY DAN The 2018 Canberra Raiders are Aidan Sezer’s to control, if he wants to. He is 26, entering his prime, and is the prime ball-player in the absence of Josh Hodgson. 2018 may well define the man. The Raiders’ finals chances rely on Sezer taking the season by the scruff of the neck. There … More Aidan Sezer: Ready to take the leap?