From the Stands: Round 12
What on Earth happened last weekend?
It has to go down as one of the strangest, yet most exciting games of footy I’ve ever seen.
It certainly wasn’t one for the purists.
If defence is your thing, the game would’ve left you feeling a little ill.
Actually, the end result may have left you feeling a little ill anyway.
From about a thousand nil down, the Raiders went on another come-back bonanza.
With plenty of time left on the clock, we drew level. It was unbelievable.
The crowd was vocal, we had the momentum, and finally Blake Austin had a crack at a field goal.
He struck it well but it sailed agonizingly wide.
Minutes later, the Bulldogs worked their way down the field and Origin discard Josh Reynolds had his chance at a field goal.
He kicked it about as well as you could kick a bus.
But somehow it wobbled over the posts and left the Raiders with a heartbreaking loss. Unbelievable.
The fact remains though, a team shouldn’t score 34 points and lose.
The Dogs were low on troops and we scored a motza of points. Our defence just wasn’t there.
In the words of one Katy Perry, it was the one that got away.
Never mind. It’s time to look forward and focus on the Broncos this Saturday.
The game should be a cracker, so there’s plenty to look forward to.
Both sides are playing some exciting footy and will be ready for a big game.
But make no mistake, there’s one opposition player we’ll all be watching.
Former Raiders golden child, Anthony Milford.
He’s had a relatively quiet year considering his potential but he’s definitely starting to warm up.
Last week he was quick, he was composed, and we saw some of that footwork that’s so hard to defend against.
He’ll be out to use plenty of that footwork and speed on what will be a slippery GIO Stadium surface.
There’s no game he’d be more eager to impress than against his old club.
Shutting Milford down will be one of the keys if the Raiders are to come away with this one.
Outside of Milford, the Broncos pack is in very good form.
It’ll be a real test for our big boys, but one they’ll be more than up for.
Against the Dogs, we were guilty of letting their forwards march down the field a little too easily.
Make no mistake, our big fellas will be fired up and ready to show they’re one of the best packs in the NRL.
See you all Saturday for the big show. Go Raiders!