BY DAN To say the Canberra Raiders did just enough in their 24-16 victory over a weakened Sydney Roosters is an understatement. This was heart-in-the-mouth, food-from-the-stomach stuff. While the Raiders showed many positives in the first half, they allowed the Roosters to stay in the match until they almost stole the game. Standing back from the … More Raiders Review: Can You Call That A Victory?
BY ROB Origin period is a time when certain forces in the NRL premiership shift, opening up new avenues for some teams whilst throwing up obstacles for others. Traditionally the Storm and the Broncos are the two teams most affected at this time of year, as they both offer up Origin stalwarts. Some years … More Raider Rumble! Raiders v Roosters Rd 12 Preview
BY DAN There will be a temptation to say the Canberra Raiders’ 22-16 victory over the Parramatta Eels is evidence that they are back on track. A closer look at the game should bring pause to any claiming that. The Raiders were much better this game, more often than they were bad. They were far from … More Raiders Review: Sweet Relief
BY ROB We’ve abandoned the usual format at the Rumble this week, as dire situations call for extreme measures. If the alarm bells weren’t ringing after the Bulldogs fiasco then they were definitely cranked up to eleven after the woeful display of insipid football against the Knights. I’ve done away with the segments focussing … More Raiders Rumble! Raiders v Eels Rd 11 Preview
BY DAN Any hope that the Raiders recent form was ‘just a blip’ dissipated during their 34-20 loss to the Newcastle Knights on Sunday. Out-hustled and out-thought, the Raiders more-talented side could not overcome the wide gap in effort and execution. The same problems that have been exploited by other sides this season were targeted … More Raiders Review: Mothers Day Debacle
BY ROB A lot happens in a fortnight, especially when the majority of the league gets the week off due to Rep round. Players get season ending injuries (Idris, Williams) or get done for shoving powdered line marker up their schnozzes (Kenny-Dowall, Proctor and Bromwich). If there is one team that has avoided all … More Raiders Rumble 2017 – Rd 10 Raiders v Knights Preview
BY ROB With the NRL taking a week off due to the increasingly irrelevant representative round we thought it would be a good time to assess the Raiders season so far, and then give them a grade. Which means first we must construct a grading system for the league itself. As we all know grades … More Raiders Report Card – the First Third
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 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