Raiders (trial) Review: A Work in Progress

BY DAN The Canberra Raiders 28-22 pre-season victory over the Canterbury Bulldogs revealed plenty about the structure of the Raiders. The defence, although improved in parts, also bore many of the hallmark weaknesses of previous years and remains a work in progress. The trial also provided insight as to how the offence would function. Two … More Raiders (trial) Review: A Work in Progress

Raiders Rumble! Raiders v Dogs Trial Game 2

BY ROB “Remove the stone of shame, and attach the stone of triumph” The Raiders launched their 2019 campaign in the blurst way possible, struggling back from a 20 point deficit to overcome an Eels side that was a lot closer to full market value than the Green Machine. The older and more experienced Eels side ran in try … More Raiders Rumble! Raiders v Dogs Trial Game 2

Raiders (trial) Review: The Solid and the Spectacular

BY DAN Sometimes it’s nice to win the close ones. It’d be nicer if it ‘mattered’, but the Canberra Raiders’ 22-20 victory of the Parramatta Eels was a solid outing to start their 2019 campaign, mixed with a spectacular end. Let’s start with the obvious. Results of trials don’t matter. So many people took the … More Raiders (trial) Review: The Solid and the Spectacular

Raiders Rumble! A Return to Rumbling: Raiders v Eels trial preview

BY ROB I’m sitting at my desk in the upstairs study, staring out at a desolate hellscape. A massive dust storm has enveloped the nation’s capital, rendering the sky a flat, featureless wall of beige. The intense heat that wracked Canberra over the peak of summer has gone, taking a particularly average cricket season with … More Raiders Rumble! A Return to Rumbling: Raiders v Eels trial preview

Spinal Fracture

BY DAN It’s a truism if Rugby League that the key to success is the skill and stability of the spine. The forwards lay the platform, the backs provide the excitement, but the spine is named as such because it connects all the parts. Talent is critical at these positions; but talent still needs time … More Spinal Fracture