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 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 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 DAN If one was harbouring any concerns that the Canberra Raiders were not a premiership contender it was dispelled in their 20-16 golden point loss to the North Queensland Cowboys. The Raiders showed critical factors in their rise last year have carried over to 2017, and in some cases have improved. The Raiders did … More Raiders Review: The Real Deal?
BY ROB The Raiders left Canberra on Tuesday morning keen to be on good terms with the sapping humidity of Townsville on Saturday night. They start their 2017 campaign somewhat understocked, with Croker out and Lee gone, the right side now being filled out by Whitehead and Cotric. Change is afoot around the pack … More Raiders Rumble 2017: Raiders v Cowboys Round 1 Preview
BY DAN NFL Executive Mike Lombardi likes to say it’s harder to climb the mountain the second time. This somewhat obtuse saying is meant to outline that teams tend to think they can start the previous season where they finished. That the playoffs are already guaranteed and that the real challenge will come later in … More The Obstacles to the Premiership