BY DAN The Canberra Raiders have no one to blame but themselves for their 13-12 loss to the Brisbane Broncos. Many may look to the injury to Josh Hodgson, or the borderline incompetent scheduling, but the real enemy was in green last night. Poor last tackle options and astoundingly poor handling undermined their efforts in … More Raiders Review: Own Worst Enemy?
BY ROB In round 1 the Raiders showed they had the defensive verve to go toe to toe with competition heavyweights like the Cowboys. In round 2 they wilted in the face of a focused and determined Sharks side. In round 3 they clicked into gear, dismantled the Tigers and ended Jason Taylors’ time … More Raiders Rumble! Raiders V Broncos Rd4 Preview
BY ROB To say that the sin bin has been applied erratically across the opening three rounds of the 2017 NRL Premiership is an understatement. Round 1: Bulldogs vs Storm Will Chambers and Sam Kasiano are sinbinned for 10 minutes each. Offence: Striking Did it warrant the Bin? Yes. After the NRL decided to crack down on on-field … More GET IN THE BIN
BY BOZZA The view from the top was brief for Parramatta. In front of a sparse crowd at CBUS Super Stadium, the Eels were brought back to earth after a flying start to 2017. Against an opponent ravaged by injury, they were reminded that behind every fixture in the NRL season lies potential danger. Top … More Parra Post-Mortem: A Brief Stay At The Top
BY DAN The Canberra Raiders 46-6 victory over the Wests Tigers was not perfect. In fact the Tigers helped as much as hindered the Raiders march to victory. While the errors of previous weeks remained with the Raiders, the side they faced was unable to capitalise. Instead the Raiders found their groove on the back … More Raiders Review: Capable Of More?
BY ROB If you’d asked Raiders fans where they would expect the team to be ladder wise after two rounds only a cynic would have told you 16th. While this is the hard truth of two wildly different games it’s not yet time for fans (and club) to start panicking. While the Green Machine … More Raiders Rumble! Raiders v Tigers Rd 3 Preview
BY ROB It took the Eels just 35 seconds to open the scoring in their 34-16 victory over St George in Wollongong. Dragons forward Russell Packer spilled the ball carrying the first hit-up of the game (he didn’t even reach the defensive line). From there it was a succession of quick passing by the Eels, with … More Parra Post Mortem: Easy Does It
BY DAN The Canberra Raiders 42-16 loss to the Cronulla Sharks was largely of their own making. Their most reliable players dropped the ball. Their most experienced players gave away needless penalties. Their most creative players failed to play direct. And in between their forwards were monstered by one of the best packs in the … More Raiders Review: Panic Stations?
BY ROB I realised two things this week – I badly need to find my lucky collection of Raiders keyrings on a chain and Frankenflag (the big four flag number that my sister made for me all those years ago). Why, you ask? Well it’s my first chance this year to see the new … More Raiders Rumble! Raiders v Sharks Round 2 Preview
BY BOZZA There was a lot for the Parramatta faithful to like in the Blue and Golds’ 20-12 round one victory over arch-rivals Manly at Lottloland. Before we discuss any of them it would be negligent of me if I did not pass comment on the ridiculousness of Brookvale Oval’s new moniker. While the Sea … More Parra Post Mortem: Adventures in Lottoland