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Raiders’ finals contention is on the line

By Ralph 25 July 2005 6

The Raiders dug deep right until the very end against the Warriors in Auckland last Saturday night. Despite their efforts they were beaten 24-16. A review is available at the Canberra Times.

Jason Smith’s kicking wasn’t on target, and seems to have been off since he returned from a knee injury. Todd Carney again showed that he will be a future star of the game.

If my calculations are right, the Raiders have to beat the Broncos (in Brisbane) this weekend to stay in finals contention – a formidable task.

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bulldog 4:57 pm 25 Jul 05

I’m tipping you’re right there Thumper. Somehow I don’t think they are playing for good-will.

It could also be that at the roosters the players might take a bit of a pay-cut in order to stand a better chance for Origin/National Selection or even win a premiership. They aint doing that at the Raiders at the moment…

Thumper 1:57 pm 25 Jul 05

I still want to know how the Rorters can have a team of Test and origins players, and can still afford Anasta!

Don’t tell me the salary cap is well and truly in place.

bulldog 1:27 pm 25 Jul 05

Both raise some pretty good points. Junior players are a vital investment into a clubs future. Teams like the Cowboys and the Tigers are now starting to see the benefits of cultivating home grown talent.

That being said GF has pointed out that it seems to be an awful lot of money for what is really a ‘too young’, ‘too old’ or ‘second string’ team. You’d think the Raiders would have to be one of the best paying clubs in the game?

Growling Ferret 1:09 pm 25 Jul 05

I watched the game on Fox, the Raiders had no ball for the first half, made 140 tackles to 70, and were unlucky to be down at half time. Jason Smiths kicking game was ordinary – why wasn’t Carney used more there? the Warriors two tries in the second half were from a Carney slip in defence on the line well exploited by Fein, and a lucky scramble from a Jones bomb in the corner to seal the deal.

The green men just ran out of petrol against the giant Warriors team. Matt Adamson made about 3 or 4 silly handling errors, but was also dangerous every time he held on to it

As for positives, Carney is improving every game he plays with Jason Smith. Thompson and Nugget Millar are going well, Jason Williams will improve with more fitness and Croker is continuing his great form (when he doesn’t try to be a ball player…)

It was a tough loss – one that has realistically ended the Raiders hopes for the year, but with a little bit of luck, could have ended up being one of the best Raiders wins of the year…

Ralph 12:53 pm 25 Jul 05

For me it has been the emerging younger players. The Raiders need to build on that and make sure they don’t leave.

Some new forwards (Jason Williams) joining through the year have also been promising. I think Michael Weyman will forever be plagued by injuries, but I hope I’m wrong.

But for a $3.3 million salary cap, there are no big stars of the game on the Raiders books.

bulldog 12:29 pm 25 Jul 05

Still pissed off about the lack of coverage the Raiders games are recieving on free-to-air TV. After watching five minute highlight reels for every other game played of every other code, the Raiders got about twelve seconds of air time last night. Absolute disgrace.

I don’t like the Raiders chances against Brisbane at home, although it’s been the sort of season where anything can happen. Broncos looked pretty strong against a reasonably good bulldogs lineup on Friday night, so I think it will be a big ask of the Green Machine to step up to the plate.

All in all, it’s not been a terrible season for the Raiders, they’ve managed to stay in touch and played some pretty good footy.

There are a couple of things they can learn from the year; one of these is to look long and hard at the captaincy and leadership roles of the senior players. They may also want to start looking at recruiting a little more proactively if they want to be seen as a team to be reckoned with.

What positives can you see from the year?

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