BY ROB The Raiders entered their game against Manly confident of a good showing and ended it in a somewhat dejected fashion. While they finished just four points adrift they looked to be without direction for nearly all of the second half, the spectre of 17/18 once again looming up behind them. Round 8 sees them face … More Raiders Rumble! Raiders v Panthers Round 8 Preview
BY DAN The Canberra Raiders 24-20 loss to the Manly Sea-Eagles was a reality check. The Raiders defence was overwhelmed in the face of injuries and a forward pack it couldn’t corral. An opposition without its best player was able to exploit the weaknesses on Canberra’s edges the Raiders spent the off-season trying to cover. … More Raiders Review: The Reality Check
BY ROB The Rugby League world has been shocked by the news that Jarrod Croker’s surname only has six letters, with only one C, two Rs, one E, an O and a K. Some insiders are now speculating that the terrible misspellings of his name may be the reason why he has largely flown under … More Legend by Stealth – The Rise of Jarrod Cronker…I mean Crocker. Wait Croaker? Or maybe Crokah?
BY ROB The Raiders win in round 6 was one worth celebrating, as they shook off the gremlins of self-doubt and put a resurgent Broncos outfit to bed good and proper. Any sports fan knows that confidence begets victories, and Canberra will have harvested a truckload of confidence from that win. Manly are currently residing … More Raiders Rumble! Raiders v Manly Round 7 Preview
BY DAN BREAKING: The National Hype Measurement Institute has today released a statement noting concern that the Canberra Raiders be getting too much hype from the rugby league media. After the side’s fourth victory in a row, Raiders fans had expected to continue being ignored by Sydney and Brisbane. Instead, a drastic change has occurred, … More Officials Warn Of Raiders Hype Levels
BY DAN The Canberra Raiders 26-22 over the Brisbane Broncos victory was measured, calm and resilient. It was everything that 2018 was not. In the face of a fast-finishing Broncos side they stood up and made a statement that they are to be taken seriously in 2019. Part of what makes this victory so incredible … More Raiders Review: The Statement
BY DAN In a wonderful piece for Today’s Tale, Sam Perry did an excellent job of ‘trendspotting’, pointing out that the era of the block play was perhaps on its way out. Before we get going. Read the piece. Please. I’ll wait here. What’s the block play? Well as Sam aptly describes it: “This play, … More The death of the block play?
BY ROB Five rounds into 2019, the Raiders are in unfamiliar territory. And it feels good. With the exception of a brave but somewhat messy loss to the Storm the Green Machine has been in full control of its destiny thus far. There are some caveats – The Raiders first victims, the Titans, only recorded their … More Raiders Rumble! Raiders v Broncos Round 6 Preview
BY DAN The Canberra Raiders 19-0 victory over Parramatta was yet another hard-nosed performance. Against an opposition that underwhelmed they attacked through the middle, kicked to the corners, and defended like hell. This was meant to be a big test for the Raiders, but they barely felt troubled. Before we spend the next few hundred … More Raiders Review: The Recipe.
BY DAN So Sunday night games hey? Waiting the whole weekend for footy is not ideal. So here’s some random thoughts to tide you over until six o’clock. 1. BJ has been great this year (and others) I get it. BJ gives away some dumb penalties, and occasionally he tries stuff on offence he probably … More 5 Bonus Things We Think