After botching last week’s game against the Bulldogs the Raiders have a chance to redeem themselves against a Broncos outfit nursing a slight Origin hangover – Thaiday, Hodges, McGuire, Boyd and Parker will all back up from Wednesday night, although Bennett listed a 7 man bench on Tuesday to cover any Origin mishaps. The Raiders also have changed line up, with both Boyd and Rapana out with injury. Williams is set to return from his bung lung injury.
The Raiders started rd11 atrociously, bleeding a point a minute until the 26th minute mark when the defensive tide turned a little and they were able to reach the Dogs end of the field. A similar start against the Broncos will be unacceptable, and fans can only hope that Stuart has stressed that defence must be a priority.
Big Three – Raiders
Shaun Fensom: Fensom was sublime against the Dogs: he ran for 166 metres, had 4 offloads, made 53 tackles and bagged himself a try. Still the most underrated player of this generation.
Sisa Waqa: Waqa slotted into the fullback spot after Rapana did his ankle, and demonstrated what experience looks like in motion: two tries, 255 metres run and 4 offloads isn’t bad for a player on the losing side.
David Shillington: Shillo returned to form against the Dogs, pumping out 157 metres, an offload and 22 tackles, which isn’t bad for someone in the second half of his career. If he can maintain this level he’ll remain a valuable cog in the Green Machine.
Big Three – Broncos
Anthony Milford: The Milf used his running style to terrorise the Knights, making 145 metres, a line break and three offloads. Add in a field goal and a try to consolidate his contribution to last week’s win.
Adam Blair: Blair seems to be finding his place at the Broncos, bopping out 157 metres with an offload and 23 tackles, vital stats with the likes of Thaiday and McGuire absent.
Andrew McCullough: A-Mc tackled his way to a top of 54 and also managed a line break, proving that some players are valuable based almost purely on defence.
You Wot Mate?
The Raiders are favourites, despite losing their last two games and only having one victory at home so far this year. Meanwhile the Broncos are second, and very little trouble thrashing the Knights sans 5 of their best. Weird.
The Raiders put in a freakish solid 80 minute defensive effort and win the game 6-4, rocketing themselves back into the eight. Meanwhile, under GIO stadium, McCrone has begun cloning himself…