From the Stands: Round 11

There’s already been a lot of talk about the referees’ performance, and as easy as it would be to put the boot in, I won’t.

Coach Ricky Stuart has had his say, been fined $10,000, and now it’s time to move on.

Sure, vent about referees but don’t hold on to it for too long.

It’s like complaining about a previous relationship to the point that you’re blinded to better options. Heal and let it go.

I actually think there were a few positives to take out of the weekend’s game.

We were far from perfect by any means but it felt good to be in the game, didn’t it?

Both attack and defence were much improved in patches. Better defence on the line would be nice but we’ll get there.

A very special shout out to Shaun Fensom and Paul Vaughan who ran themselves into the ground, trying to resurrect the season.

They showed the kind of effort that’s needed going forward.

For a team that was chopped and changed heavily in the space of a week, it wasn’t that bad of a performance and I’m sure we all hope the improvement continues.

The season has ‘let’s start again’ written all over it. So with the new look line-up, let’s all start again. That includes us fans.

There have been a lot of line-up changes, so don’t expect miracles from day one.  Give it a little time to gel and get behind the boys this weekend.

Yes, believe it or not, amongst all the hype of Origin week, we do have a game this Sunday. The North Queensland Cowboys await. 

Games during the Origin period always throw up something different and you never know quite what to expect.

While the mighty Raiders will be without the raging Josh Papalii, the Cowboys are heavily affected by Origin selections.

They’re missing Brent Tate, Jonathan Thurston, Matt Scott, and James Tamou but we can’t take them lightly.

The Origin ‘fill-ins’ always come out firing, trying to prove a point.

It’s important we come out firing as well, as we have an even bigger point to prove.

We’re not out of this season by any stretch, and as much as it’s up to the boys to put the effort in, us fans also have a part to play.

Get to the ground, wear your heart on your sleeve, and show that you’re here to stay through thick and thin.

Show each other that you’re part of the Raiders family and you’re still proud of this mighty club. I know I am!