BY BOZZA For Melbourne on the weekend the equation was simple, win against Collingwood and they secure their berth in the finals for the first time in 11 years. Yet, like they did last year against Carlton in Round 22, Melbourne blinked with the finals within reach. Defeat to the Pies saw Melbourne lose control over their … More Did Melbourne get ahead of themselves?
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 BOZZA On a bitterly cold Sunday afternoon at the MCG, St Kilda bid farewell to season 2017 and to one of its greatest champions. A season that at times promised so much quietly petered out, and Nick Riewoldt’s career that reached such lofty heights ended with a 41-point defeat to Richmond. Related Content: Farewell, St. … More Saints Summary: Saying Goodbye to a Dream
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 BOZZA Previous RoundFollowing Round From the very first hit-up the match, to its final moments, the Round 25 clash between Brisbane and Parramatta was anything but your usual NRL battle. The Broncos entered the game having won five of their last six games and with a chance to secure a double chance in the finals. … More Parra Post Mortem: An 86-point attacking frenzy at Suncorp
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 BOZZA Previous Round Following Round It perhaps isn’t often that a 30-8 result would leave the winning team a little underwhelmed, but Parramatta’s Thursday night victory over the Titans may be one such occasion. Let it be said that if given the choice, Parra Post Mortem will always prefer an underwhelming victory to a devastating … More Parra Post Mortem: Greater challenges lie ahead
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.