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
BY DAN The Canberra Raiders ran roughshod over the Newcastle Knights 46-28 on Friday night. The ease with which they dispatched the Knights was at time cathartic – the Knights seemed flummoxed in the face of Raiders attack both in the middle and on the fringes. But in their weaker moments the Raiders belied a … More Raiders Review: Catharsis in the Cold?
BY ROB Surely one of the definitions of embarrassment must be the consecutive wooden spooners being your bogey team. The Knights have caused the Raiders no end of frustration over the last few years, despite residing in the bottom quarter of the ladder the whole time. They drew with the Green Machine in their first … More Raiders Rumble! Raiders vs Knights RD25 Preview
BY DAN The Canberra Raiders season came to a fitting end in their 26-22 loss to the Penrith Panthers. Despite showing glimpses of their best throughout the game, they were unable to find a way to finish a close game. Their forwards dominated the ruck and made more metres than their counterparts. The halves were … More Raiders Review: Missing the Moments
BY ROB The Raiders overcame their previous hurdle in the form of the insipid Warriors, easily disposing of the Kiwi outfit at Mt Smart. While the Green Machine remains a very long mathematical chance of making it into the 8, they’re going to have to down fellow aspirants Penrith to get there. The Panthers are … More Raiders Rumble! Raiders v Panthers Rd24 Preview
BY DAN The Canberra Raiders 36-16 victory over the New Zealand Warriors was exactly what you would expect of a markedly superior side. Despite facing a surprisingly disciplined Warriors side, the Raiders scored points at regular intervals, and handled the Warriors attack with relative ease, even given periods of substantial shortfall in possession. The Raiders … More Raiders Review: Too Little, Too Late, Too Easy.
BY ROB I’m sitting here with a big slice of humble pie in front of me. It’s garnished with the berry sauce of surprise. Last week I ranted and raved about Ricky’s nutso forwards selections that had been plaguing the team week in, week out. Then, last week, Ricky finally managed get all the pieces … More Raiders Rumble! Raiders v Warriors Rd23 Preview