BY DAN One of the underrated parts of the recent Canberra Raiders victory over Wests Tigers was the performance of the bench. In support of Josh Papalii’s brilliance from the outset, the Raiders were able to bring on multiple players off the bench that had a big impact. Given they were without at least two … More Rotation and the Return of Depth
BY DAN The Canberra Raiders 14-6 victory over the Wests Tigers was brutal and necessary. The Green Machine were hardly pretty, barely fluent, but still capable of using some often bruising defence to manage the game. The Raiders were far from their best, but after last weeks’ capitulation, the evidence that they are capable of … More Raiders Review: What It Takes
BY DAN The Canberra Raiders have received some shitty news in the form of Corey Horsburgh being ruled out of Saturday’s game with the Wests Tigers. A case of gastroenteritis is to blame. In his place comes Ryan Sutton for his first game in the top grade since last season. Horsburgh is a massive out … More The Red Horse and the Englishmen
BY ROB The Raiders hit their first reality speed bump on the 2020 premiership highway in the form of an overly prepared and enthusiastic Knights side that had clearly done its homework. The Knights desire to win coupled with Canberra’s malaise led to a mostly one-sided affair, frustrating for the players, coaches and fans. Round … More Raiders Rumble! Raiders v Tigers Round 5 Preview
BY DAN The Canberra Raiders 34-18 loss to the Newcastle Knights writ large their weaknesses for all the world to see. A bigger pack simply overwhelmed their middle defence, allowing the Knights’ creative players an amount of space that the Green Machine’s edges couldn’t handle. It’s a story of many losses of recent vintages, and … More Raiders Review: The Limitation
BY DAN Even when he’s not playing John Bateman is central to the Raiders story. The announcement that he’d need further surgery on his shoulder will have a profound impact on the Green Machine’s operation in 2020, as well as the careers of his teammates. Only time will tell if the Raiders premiership chances are … More Prepared for the Worst
BY ROB What a difference a week makes. Or in this case, 80 fantastic minutes of powerful and fun footy. I must confess in the minutes leading up to kick off I did not feel great, the years of suffering at the hands of the Storm having ingrained an automatic reaction in my system. Luckily … More Raiders Rumble! Raiders v Knights Round 4 Preview
BY DAN BREAKING: Sources not close to a government have told The Sportress that George Williams’ pass to Nic Cotric is being considered for an exhibit in the National Museum. “I mean did you see it? The fake to himself, the read of the winger, the perfect arc to Nic. It was a thing of … More Williams’ Pass to go in Museum?