Category: Raiders


GUILTY! The Judiciary Fallout

The NRL judiciary has been given the night off this week with all six players charged by the match review committee taking the early guilty plea on Tuesday. Manly co-captain Jason King, Canberra prop Brett White, Warriors five-eighth James Maloney and Cronulla hooker Paul Aiton will all sit out one game, while Matt Bowen and Luke Walsh are both free to play. King’s absence, for a knee lift in last weekend’s loss to Melbourne, leaves the Sea Eagles without a skipper with Jamie Lyon out for a month with a hamstring strain. White’s absence has opened the door for Josh Miller to come into Canberra’s squad, while young gun Isaac John replaces Maloney in the Warriors No.6 jumper.

The NRL Match-Review committee today laid six charges from the weekend games; Brett White, Jason King, Matt Bowen, James Maloney, Paul Aiton and Luke Walsh all having cases to answer. Sharks Paul Aiton is facing two weeks on the sidelines after he was charged with an alleged heat butt on Raiders Joel Thompson. Aiton will miss one week if he pleads guilty, or could face two weeks if he fights the charge and loses. Canberra’s Brett White and Manly’s Jason King could both miss a week of football after being charged with Grade 1 dangerous contact for lifting knees while running with the ball. Matt Bowen is facing a Grade 1 dangerous contact charge for sliding in with the feet on Broncos Matt Gillett, but will avoid suspension if he takes the early guilty plea. Warriors five-eighth James Maloney could miss his side’s clash with the Wests Tigers after he was charged for dangerous contact on Jarryd Hayne. Panthers halfback Luke Walsh has been charged with a high tackle on Knights James McManus, but will not miss the Round 2 clash with Parramatta. Continue reading

Cowboys fullback Matt Bowen will today come under scrutiny from the NRL match review committee for lashing out with his foot to try and stop a try in Friday night’s 16-14 defeat of the Broncos. Bowen was not put on report, but the 56th minute incident was flagged for review after he twice tried to use his boot to stop Brisbane utility Matt Gillett grounding the ball. Gillett managed to get across the tryline, but was penalised for a double movement in a crucial call by match officials as the Broncos were trailing 16-10 at the time. The incident is one of several that will be studied closely today by the NRL match review panel to determine whether contact was made, including allegations of lifting knees against Manly prop Jason King and Canberra’s Brett White. Warriors halfback James Maloney also faces an anxious wait to learn whether he is charged over an early tackle on Parramatta star Jarryd Hayne while he was fielding a kick during the Eels 24-18 win at Eden Park on Saturday night. Continue reading

Raiders thrash Sharks in eventful match

Canberra thrashed hapless Cronulla 40-12 in a seven-try NRL rout at Canberra Stadium.The Sharks were unable to stop the Raiders from piling on the points as the Green Machine that rolled into the 2010 finals continued from where they left off last year. Compounding the Sharks’s woes was the sending off of hooker Paul Aiton in the 74th minute for headbutting Raiders centre Joel Thompson. Meanwhile, in a major surprise, the Newcastle Knights scored seven tries against a poor Penrith at Penrith Stadium.Back in Canberra, the Raiders – already without Josh Dugan – did suffered a couple of setbacks. Captain Alan Tongue injured an AC joint after a shoulder charge on Cronulla prop Kade Snowden in the opening minutes and took no further part in the match, while prop Brett White was placed on report for knee lifting. Continue reading

Dugan and Orford out

Canberra will face an early test of their depth when they head into Sunday’s round one NRL clash with Cronulla minus big names Josh Dugan and Matt Orford. Rising star Dugan has a calf injury and failed to train on Saturday, while veteran halfback Orford is a definite non-starter with a groin problem. Dugan is extremely doubtful and his place at fullback will be taken by David Milne. Nineteen-year-old half Sam Williams comes into the squad for Orford. Whether the 2010 Toyota Cup halfback of the year starts remains to be seen with hooker Alan Tongue a strong chance of taking over the playmaking duties. Star signing Orford, 32, has been hampered during pre-season with a groin strain and has not been able to recover in time to face the Sharks. The Raiders are already without former Test five-eighth Terry Campese until midseason after a knee reconstruction, his place taken by Josh McCrone. Continue reading

Injuries to upset Raiders v Sharks opener

There’s as much uncertainty over the Cronulla Sharks and Canberra Raiders sides as there is about Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s popularity right now. At least in the national capital on Sunday, supporters and rivals won’t have to wait long for a decision. Up to seven players named in the two extended squads by respective coaches Shane Flanagan and David Furner, are in some doubt for the 2pm game at Canberra Stadium. The Sharks have centre Dean Collis and forward Anthony Tupou (leg injuries) undergoing constant treatment this week, but they’ve been named in the starting 13, along with a six-man bench. The Raiders new half recruit, Matt Orford, and former Sharks winger Blake Ferguson are among five doubtfuls. Continue reading

Harrison re-signs with the Raiders

New Zealand back-rower Bronson Harrison has snubbed a move to Parramatta and signed a new deal with Canberra that will keep him in the nation’s capital until 2013.

Harrison, who joined the Raiders from Wests Tigers in 2008, had been widely tipped to link up with New Zealand Test coach Stephen Kearney at the Eels, but said staying in Canberra was better for his career.

“To be honest, I’ve probably been spoilt up in Sydney. I had mum there and my sisters there. So coming down here means that I had to do a lot by myself,” Harrison said.

The 25-year-old said he wanted to get his future sorted before the season kicks off next week and can now concentrate on helping the Raiders into the finals for the second successive season.

“I didn’t want to have an excuse if I didn’t perform well that it was because of this,” he said.

“I felt that I’m a part of it here now and that it’s been good.

“And I want to bear the fruits of earlier years with the hard games we’ve put in.”

Raiders chief executive Don Furner said Harrison’s signing is a vote of confidence in the club.

“It’s pleasing when the players want to stay here,” Furner told reporters.

Furner said he was also confident of re-signing Test and NSW forward Tom Learoyd-Lahrs, who is being chased by Newcastle.

Picker racing the clock

Canberra Raiders forward Joe Picker will race the clock to be fit for round one, after he sustained a rib injury in the Raiders 30-18 trial loss to the Bulldogs in Tamworth on Saturday night. The Raiders back rower will be assessed by club medical staff this week to determine the extent of his injury, but he could be available as soon as the Raiders round one clash if he responds well to treatment. The Raiders started the match slowly on Saturday night letting the Bulldogs get out to an early 18-0 lead, before a second half comeback saw the team salvage the score line by scoring three smart tries to finish at 30-18. For the Raiders Glen Buttriss was one of the side’s best at hooker and added some spark around the ruck when he entered the game at halftime, as did Sam Williams at halfback, who scored his first try at NRL level and set up new recruit Nathan Massey as well. The Raiders will have a tough week of training this week before being given the weekend off, as they return to training Monday to prepare for the Round one clash against the Sharks at Canberra Stadium.

We are just 12 days from the kick off to the 2011 NRL/NEX Dream Team competitions so there isn’t much time left to work out that all important campaign strategy. 

In Part 1 – I talked about the Raiders and the advantage they had for coaches in the 2011 season.  They are not the only team with an advantage when it comes to the early bye rounds.  Another team with a similar advantage is the Warriors

The Warriors have their 1st bye in round 12 with the Raiders.  Be wary though – if you stack your team with players from the Raiders and Warriors it may cost you a win in your round 12 head-to-head clash in your individual league or get you knocked out of the Eliminator Competition.   

If you are considering the Warriors, they have some good scoring options to choose from.  New players to the club, old players, players returning from injury and a couple of cheap options to make you money and trade up to those high priced stars.  The down side to the Warriors is they share their round 17 bye with the Cowboys, Sea Eagles, Storm, Tigers, and the TitansContinue reading

Bulldogs 30 – Raiders 18

A composed and potent Canterbury punished Canberra in the first half of their NRL trial before running out 30-18 winners at Scully Park on Saturday night. The Bulldogs raced to an 18-0 halftime lead thanks largely to the weight of possession and a superior kicking game, mostly from the boot of new halfback recruit Trent Hodkinson. Winger Bryson Goodwin got the scoring underway in the first few minutes when he crossed in the left corner and then had a hand in the second try as he tipped a kick from five-eighth Kris Keating back for Josh Morris to score the first of his two tries. Yet another cross-field kick, this time to the right from Hodkinson, saw a spilled ball fall for Dogs skipper David Stagg to score the third and Goodwin landed another tough goal. Continue reading