The Big Risk

BY DAN For what may well be the most important game of Canberra’s season, coach Ricky Stuart has ‘rested’ Josh Papalii. I guess you could say drastic times call for drastic measures. The logic is pretty straightforward. Papalii has been below his best in 2021, as have many of the Canberra players. The one week … More The Big Risk

Raiders Rumble! Raiders vs Rabbitohs Round 8 Preview

BY ROB To be bluntly honest with you, dear reader, this Rumble should have been titled Raiders vs Raiders. It doesn’t matter who they play this week, the toughest obstacle for them to overcome is themselves. They were truly their own worst enemy against the Cowboys. I often think about young emerging players having their … More Raiders Rumble! Raiders vs Rabbitohs Round 8 Preview

Missed Charnze

BY DAN In round five the Canberra Raiders were battling the Penrith Panthers. They led 6-0 when Villiame Kikau’s swinging arm struck the back of Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad’s head. The custodian would leave the ground shortly after, before being ruled out under the Head Inijury protocols, and later finding out he had done greater damage. Since … More Missed Charnze

Fixing Rotations

BY DAN Far and away the biggest problem Canberra has faced in recent weeks is how to manage the fatigue of its pack. Three weeks in a row, and four in five, the Raiders have been the tired team at the end of games. Since round 1 they’ve scored 22 points in the second half … More Fixing Rotations

Raiders Rumble! Raiders vs Cowboys Round 7 Preview

BY ROB The last two weeks in Raider-land have been gruelling stuff from a fans perspective. The sliding doors moment is definitely Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad getting sidelined during the Panthers game – after that it’s been a steep downhill drop, punctuated by two first half tries against the Eels. So Ricky went down to the garden … More Raiders Rumble! Raiders vs Cowboys Round 7 Preview

The End of an Era?

BY DAN Josh Hodgson has been central to Canberra’s success since his arrival in 2015. Today seems like the end of an era, with it announced that Hodgson has been ‘rested’ for this weeks clash against the Cowboys. This was predicted by James Hooper as a nice way of dropping the captain without having to … More The End of an Era?

The Ten Day Test

BY DAN The next 10 days will tell us a lot about the 2021 Canberra Raiders. After what can only be described as a soul destroying loss on Saturday evening, the Green Machine has hit its lowest point in over two years. The last time they were out of the eight it was 2018. I … More The Ten Day Test

Raiders Review: The Precipice

BY DAN The Canberra Raiders’ 35-10 loss to the Parramatta Eels was the most disappointing performance of this era. Their vaunted middle was destroyed. Their edges collapsed under relentless targeting. There was little offered in attack other than errors and hesitant shuffling. This wasn’t the end of Canberra’s contender-ship, but they need to address several … More Raiders Review: The Precipice