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 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 DAN It’s hard to say the Canberra Raiders played well in their 42-16 victory over the Gold Coast Titans. The game never required it. Instead the Raiders were confronted with a side demoralised by injury and incapable of basic defensive reads. 42 of the easiest points later and the Raiders may have earned a … More Raiders Review: What did we learn?
BY ROB And so begins the run of opportunity. Having shown up with the requisite grit in round 5 to get away with the two points the Raiders now find themselves in, for want of a better description, an easy period. The next five rounds, including this one, consist of the Titans, The Warriors, … More Raiders Rumble! Raiders v Titans Rd 6 Preview
BY DAN In the Canberra Raiders 30-18 victory over the Parramatta Eels we got to see why they are premiership contenders this year. Outside of what was an arm-wrestle for 60 minutes, the Raiders and Eels traded periods of domination. In between we learned that the Raiders are more resilient this year, just as dynamic, but still … More Raiders Review: Diamonds and Dust
BY ROB There is only one thing the Raiders need concern themselves with this week – ball control. Gone are the days when a player could carry a ball safe in the knowledge that a loss of control in a two man tackle would more than likely lead to a penalty for stripping. Referees … More Raiders Rumble! Raiders v Eels Rd 5 Preview
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