BY BOZZA After incremental improvements over the previous fortnight, on Friday night in Townsville Parramatta produced close to their best 80 minutes of the season. Despite limited returns from recent trips to the Sunshine State, the Eels completely suffocated the Cowboys in a dominant 26-6 victory. Like they did in the opening weeks of the … More Parra Post-Mortem: Friday Night Lights
BY DAN The Canberra Raiders played the worst game of the season in their 16-10 loss to the Canterbury Bulldogs. They were ill disciplined, directionless and uninspired in their football. The only thing the Raiders have going for them right now is the talent in the squad, and the time remaining in the season to … More Raiders Review: Rock Bottom?
BY ROB Last week I opened the Rumble with the question “When does a winning streak begin?” The answer, apparently, is not now. The Raiders entered their round 8 clash with the Sea-Eagles powered by the confidence of three straight wins, confidence in turn gilded by Manly’s woeful opening against the Storm the previous round. … More Raiders Rumble 2017: Raiders v Bulldogs Round 9 Preview
BY BOZZA Having stolen the points late against the Tigers on Easter Monday, round 8 saw the Eels again host a local rival at their temporary home out at Homebush. Going up against Penrith, many pundits’ pre-season premiership fancy, a more consistent 80-minute performance would be required. To that end, the game couldn’t have started … More Parra Post-Mortem: Kings of the West
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 ROB When does a winning streak begin? It’s something of a grey question, but one that the Raiders have been trying to answer over the last few rounds. The (1st half) Warriors have been the toughest beatable side they faced thus far, and it was their effort and lift in intensity during the … More Raiders Rumble 2017 – Rd 8 Raiders v Sea Eagles Preview
BY BOZZA Easter Weekend, so intrinsically linked with themes of resurrection and redemption, was a fitting time for the clash between the Eels and Wests Tigers. Both clubs looking for the opportunity to restart a season mired in inconsistency or turmoil respectively. Back in front of their home crowd for only the second time in … More Parra Post-Mortem – Easter has always been the best time for a comeback
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 ROB The Raiders had no mercy for the wounded Titans in round 6, and took full advantage of their oppositions extensive injury toll to secure the two points and their first consecutive win of the season. Saturdays match is the natural progression of this platform building, as the Raiders face down a side … More Raiders Rumble: Raiders v Warriors Rd 7 Preview
BY BOZZA Whenever I have the good fortune to share my thoughts and opinions on the NRL with The Locker Room on RPPFM, perhaps unsurprisingly the conversation turns towards the fortunes of Parramatta. Panellist Michael Voss usually takes this opportunity to express his long-held rule to never tip the Eels. It is a position he … More Parra Post-Mortem – Foran’s departure hurts Eels all over again