BY DAN Josh Hodgson signed a new deal this week to stay with the Raiders until the end of 2022. This is unquestionably good news. With all the rumour and innuendo surrounding the Raiders’ roster this off-season it’s good to see some stability being inserted into the side. But apart from keeping the number 2 … More What Josh Hodgson’s Extension Means
BY DAN The Canberra Raiders are over the cap and have to move BJ Leilua. It was a refrain heard around the Rugby League community. Last weekend it was reported by many, including the Canberra Times, as effectively a done deal. Driven out by the salary cap, Leilua would be another sacrifice the Raiders had … More Does Ricky Even Want BJ?
BY DAN Ricky Stuart has always struck me as the kind of person who thinks the best way to achieve anything is through hard work. And when that doesn’t work his response to my mind would be to simply work harder. That’s what makes his reported recent attempt to bring notorious former Raider Todd Carney … More Bringing Carney Back
BY DAN AND BEN The NRL released its 2018 draw yesterday. According to Fox Sports the Raiders have earned themselves an ‘easy’ draw. In fact the easiest in the competition. The last time this happened was 2016, which you might remember ended with the Raiders almost making the grand final. This draw has given Raiders … More What Does the Draw Mean?
BY DAN If you’re like me you were probably a bit surprised when it was reported that Sam Williams would return to the Raiders for two years. Williams last played for the Raiders in 2016, but was driven out by a tightening salary cap position. Paying for halves depth is not a priority when you’re losing … More Why Sam Williams Is Back
This has been epic, but if you feel like starting with Part 1 and Part 2 you really should. This builds on many of the ideas in those pieces. Also if you’ve read the other parts, and are here again, you are a good person and if you ever meet me in real life I … More Raiders 2017 Review Part 3: The How of 2018
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 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 ROB Most fans can agree that if your season ends in a game that you weren’t even playing in that it was not a great season. So it was for the Raiders, with Manly’s last gasp golden point win over the Warriors closing the doors to the finals for the Green Machine in 2017. … More Raiders Rumble! Raiders vs Storm Rd 26 preview