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 BOZZA St Kilda’s round two defeat at the hands of West Coast in Subiaco will hurt the players and fans for some time to come. A 19-point defeat is a long way from the 103 and 95 hidings dished out on their last two trips west but that will be little solace to a … More Saints Summary: Bold, Brave but Beaten
BY BOZZA GIO Stadium has not been kind to Parramatta in recent times, it seems like forever ago since the Eels left the nation’s capital with the two competition points. Facing last season’s preliminary finalist, it was going to take much more than the lethargic efforts of the previous fortnight if the Eels were to … More Parra Post-Mortem: No Bobby Lindner Moment
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 BOZZA On Saturday night the Eels began life as a full-time tenant at ANZ Stadium, as their spiritual home on O’Connell Street is transformed into a state of the art facility for Sydney’s west. The last time they found themselves in this situation, the day Parramatta Stadium was opened in 1986, the Eels set … More Parra Post-Mortem – A less than sweet welcome to a new home
BY BOZZA Before Saturday night’s disappointing start to the 2017 season, the last time St Kilda tasted defeat against Melbourne was over a decade ago when the teams met in the 2006 elimination final. A night memorable to many as it proved to be Grant Thomas’ last in charge of the team, but for me … More Saints Summary: Nobody Beats Melbourne 15 Times In A Row
BY BOZZA A little like a broken record, this correspondent has pushed the barrow of Glenn Maxwell whenever discussing the number 6 position in the Australian test side. Throughout the summer The National Selection Panel (NSP) has looked in every other direction possible, seemingly in stubborn opposition to even considering the talented Victorian for the … More Maxwell Grabs His Chance
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?