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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.

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Raiders taking positives out of trials

The Canberra Raiders will take plenty of positives out of their 24-4 trial loss to the Melbourne Storm last night, despite being on the wrong end of the score line. The Green Machine trialled 30 players in the match at the Bega Recreational Ground, with several of their big name stars rested for the match, while others like David Shillington and Bronson Harrison only played in just over half of the contest. In a tough opening third of play defence from both the Raiders and Storm was on show, with the 0-0 score line at the break reflecting the arm wrestle of a match which was played on a heavy track in Bega following substantial rain in the lead up. The Raiders had their chances to score throughout the contest but lacked the finishing touch on a few occasions, with some of the younger outside backs losing the ball when in scoring positions. Continue reading

In Part 3 of Preparing for the bye rounds, I focused on the Canberra Raiders and that there was a big advantage of having a couple or Raiders in your team after the round 9 bye. 

If you have got players like Bronson Harrison and Terry Campese in your team already then it is about the pay off big time.  Round 12 is the final bye round for the Raiders so, baring injury, you will have those players available for the rest of the season.  If you need players who can score 40 points or more in a game then the Raiders have 3 to choose from. Continue reading

If coaches can limit the damage from the round 9 byes, you’ll have a couple of weeks to prepare for another big hit in round 11.  Only 6 teams in the round 11 bye but that marks the start of the SOO season. 

I am not here to offer advice, just point out some things that maybe some coaches haven’t considered. Continue reading

Trials round up.

As a NQ Cowboys follower, I expect no less from a player that has left our ranks under hazy circumstances other than to go onto success for another club. Travis Burns ($155,100 HLV) it seems will prove to be another statistic in this ever growing list, it has been reported he had a blinder and made an unforgettable statement in his pursuit to be the other half running along side Luke Walsh ($210,700 HLV) for the Panthers this season. Wade Graham ($167,200 HLV) is also looking to secure this position but after the weekend he may have the odds against him, also having had his differences in the past with Coach Elliott may work against his desire for a starting role. With Luke Lewis ($220,200 CTW/HLV), Petero Civinoceva ($271,300 FRF) and Trent Waterhouse ($307,800 2RF) to return the Panthers are certainly poised for an early attack in this years competition. The Eels on the other hand could possibly see reason for a little concern seeming they almost had their A side on the paddock, but with Daniel Mortimer ($268,000 HLV) and Ben Smith ($189,600 CTW/2RF) exiting because of injury early and Nathan Hindmarsh ($367,700 2RF) a no show, the Eels won’t be too worried.

PENRITH PANTHERS 32 (Travis Burns 2, Shane Elford, Luke Walsh, Michael Gordon, Ryan Walker tries; Michael Gordon 3, Travis Burns goals) def PARRAMATTA EELS 12 (Luke Burt, Ben Smith tries; Luke Burt 2 goals) at CUA Stadium. Crowd: 11,113.

The first half of the Dogs V Dragons line ups looked almost like a standard Telstra Cup fixture, with Jamal Idris ($153,300 CTW) for the Dogs showing what he is potentially capable of week in week out with his unique attacking style culminating in 2 tries for the giant youngster. Ben Barba ($91,100 HLV) also showed he is more than ready if veteran Brett Kimmorley ($237,300 HLV) should happen upon injury with some good touches when on the field. For the Saints, Nathan Fien ($211,500 HLV/HOK) continues to impress Coach Bennett, constantly threatening from Dummy Half and will no doubt slot into the run on side somewhere in this seasons Dragons campaign. In true trials fashion both sides made plenty of errors and it was difficult to split the two, defence being the only winner in this tight fought contest.

DRAGONS 16 (Lett, Green, Vickery Tries; Goodwin 2 Goals)BULLDOGS 14 (Idris 2, Nanai Tries; Turner 1 Goal)

Big things are expected from the Rabbitohs and the Titans this season, if we were to go by their rosters it should be a safe bet on a finals berth for both. The bunnies didn’t throw their big money forwards onto the field preferring to show off their depth against the Titans, and they held their own. For the Titans, the Prince ($287,300 HLV) Bird ($250,000 HLV/2RF) combination had another game to find the common ground between the flair and creativity of Prince mixing with the glass smashing brutality of Bird. The Bunnies youngsters, trying to capture the eye of Coach Lang had some flair of their own whilst the Titans proved to be more tradesman like in their performance. The Titans also played their bargain Ex Kiwi International Clinton Toopi (Not Listed) who brought plenty to the table.

Gold Coast Titans 28 (M Rogers, C Toopi, R Brown, S Prince, W Zillman tries; S Prince 4 goals) defeated South Sydney Rabbitohs 22 (L Capewell 2, I Luke, J Vaivai tries; C Sandow 2, A Reynolds 1 goal). Crowd 5500.

Ben Te’o ($203,100 2RF) performed, scoring twice in what could may possibly be the year for the talented back rower, after showing plenty of potential the former Tiger may have finally settled within the Brisbane outfit. As reported, Israel Folau ($139,800 CTW) also shared the Fullback position with Corey Norman (Not Listed) who is only 18 but showing plenty of confidence and try scoring ability. Albeit an experimental outing for the Broncos it was considered successful. For the Green Machine it was Terry Campese ($331,900 HLV) and Joel Monaghan ($154,500 CTW) who stood ahead of the rest, behind a pack that never let them down. Dane Tilse ($195,600 FRF) ate up the metres while stalwart Alan Tongue ($238,800 2RF) proved that his workload is as high as ever and the Scott Logan ($162,100 FRF), Dane Tilse, David Shillington ($175,500 FRF) and Bronson Harrison ($292,200 2RF) combination could prove to be a dark horse in this seasons high profile packs.

Brisbane 32 d Canberra 24 *Will Post stats asap.