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The Mark Webber-like properties of the Raiders

By johnboy - 28 June 2010 7

The Roar has an intriguing article on the ways the Canberra Raiders are like Mark Webber:

How much Webber knows about rugby league talent spotting is up for debate, but his luckless and loveless past with the Australian public and media has enabled him to spot potential and desire a mile away … something the growing 2010 Raiders side have in bucket loads.

Make no mistake, this is not a perfect football team. This is not the highly polished Raiders of the early 90’s, full of rep players and precision.

Their playing style can switch from brutal to haphazard to just ridiculous with the change of a gear, their games as unpredictable as the Melbourne Grand Prix’s first corner.

Like Webber’s performance in Barcelona, this is a side that can be destructively dominant. Its core of blistering pace in the backs and monstrous muscle in the forward pack can leave teams whimpering for mercy on the dressing room floor at half time.

But then again, they are very capable of running into their teammate on the last lap and a number of times this season their games have ended (at least metaphorically) with a clear DNF.

Is anyone else seeing it?

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The Mark Webber-like properties of the Raiders
2604 9:59 pm 28 Jun 10

bd84 said :

Key difference between Webber and the Raiders, one has talent. I can tell you it’s not the 13 men throwing the ball around like girls..

Speaking of girls, have you found one yet?

Hope so, would hate to see another “It’s Valentines Day and I’m all alone” thread from you in 2011, like we had to endure this year.

bd84 9:35 pm 28 Jun 10

Spitfire3 said :

7pm tonight, Canberra Stadium. Rug up.
Cold evening = Raiders at their best.

I guess losing is what the Raiders are the best at doing..

Key difference between Webber and the Raiders, one has talent. I can tell you it’s not the 13 men throwing the ball around like girls..

sammo1 5:00 pm 28 Jun 10

Speaking of the raiders, expect some news about a certain fullback, and a run in with the boys in blue…

Holden Caulfield 3:25 pm 28 Jun 10

You can re-live his latest flip HERE if you like.

Gungahlin Al 1:02 pm 28 Jun 10

I thought initially this must have had something to do with flying like an eagle, landing on one’s head at extreme speed, smashing into the hoardings, and yet somehow surviving unscathed – not all of which apply to the Raiders’ recent on-field performance.

[So glad to see Webber walk away from that very scary accident last night.]

Spitfire3 12:23 pm 28 Jun 10

7pm tonight, Canberra Stadium. Rug up.
Cold evening = Raiders at their best.

Thoroughly Smashed 11:27 am 28 Jun 10

I guess the article was written before last night’s European GP.

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